Michele Gregoire Gill Author of Evaluating Organization Development
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Michele Gregoire Gill

Associate Professor of Elementary Education
University of Central Florida

Michele Gregoire Gill is an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Central Florida and Treasurer of APA’s Division 15 (educational psychology). Her research interests center on conceptual change, teacher beliefs, mathematics education, and educational reform. She recently founded and serves as school board chairperson for the Galileo School for Gifted Learning, a K – 8 charter school in Seminole County, Florida grounded in a Vygotskian pedagogical model.

Biography

I'm drawn to my field because....I have always wanted to make a difference in education. As an undergraduate student at New College, I was able to create my own major. Under the general field of Humanities, I focused on studying the history and philosophy of education, and my undergraduate thesis deconstructed the current educational reforms of the time using Derrida-inspired and Deweyian lenses. I naively dedicated my thesis to the “transformation of the public education system in the U.S.,” but this still remains my passion, albeit on a much smaller scale. Once I received tenure, I decided to make a concerted approach to focus my energy on bridging the gap between research and practice (which I detail below). I didn’t want to die without making some small impact on public schooling in America. I love that I can do all this as an education professor.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    I study teachers' beliefs, mathematics education, conceptual change, and school reform.

Personal Interests

    First, I'm a mom of two boys and the wife of Tracy Gill, a NASA engineer. I'm an avid reader, and I have recently rediscovered my love of cycling. I have taken a teacher certification course in Power Yoga. I love to experiment with cooking, and my favorite place to be is outside. I have a strong Catholic faith, and I love to spent time in quiet prayer outside listening to the trees whisper and birds sing.  

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