Title: Elementary School Educator & Musician
Company: Calhoun School
Location: Teaneck, New Jersey, United States
Joan A. Gillman, Elementary School Educator and Musician at The Calhoun School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in science and education.
A celebrated fifth and sixth grade science teacher at The Calhoun School since 2008, Ms. Gillman has amassed more than 35 years of professional excellence in her areas of expertise. Prior to her current position, she was a fifth and sixth grade science and mathematics teacher at the Yeshivat Noam School in Paramus, NJ, a fourth and fifth grade science teacher at Anna C. Scott Elementary School, a fourth through sixth grade science and mathematics teacher at the Professional Children’s School, a language arts and social studies teacher at the Bede School, and a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Joytown Kent Elementary School. She commenced her career as a fifth grade teacher at the Saint Angela Merici School in 1982.
Alongside her primary roles, Ms. Gillman has also acted as a subject area representative for the elementary section of the Science Teachers Association of New York State since 2016, a member of the Pitsco Teacher Advisory Group, and an ambassador of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission Program with NASA. She has further held the role of conference workshop leader for several organizations, such as the Science Council of New York City and the National Science Teachers Association.
Certified in kindergarten through eighth grade elementary education and kindergarten through 12th grade hearing-impaired education, Ms. Gillman is the author of “Straw Rockets are Out of this World” and has contributed a number of articles to professional journals and newspapers in her field. In addition, she has been an influential violinist in her community, participating in the American Red Cross Program Jewish Committee, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Calhoun Community Orchestra and the North Jersey Symphony Orchestra, among others.
In recognition of her exceptional contributions to education, Ms. Gillman was the recipient of the Young Teachers Incentive Award from Who’s Who in American Universities in 1980. Recently, she was presented with the Urhy Thompson Award and Teacher of the Year Award from The Calhoun School in 2017, which she considers to be the highlight of her career. Notably, Ms. Gillman was selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who of American Women.
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