The best education Euthemia Gilman received was her 38 years teaching in public schools.
Now, she brings this invaluable institutional knowledge into the classroom where she teaches Introduction to Special Education as well as Diversity and Multiculturalism in Education to NECC students preparing for careers in education.
Teaching is a venerated profession in a constant state of change. Today, pen and paper have been replaced with digital devices, says Professor Gilman. Multimedia is currently used to educate the current generation of students and this is a good thing, she says.
“This enables diverse learners to express their comprehension in more articulate and fluent ways,” she says.
As a high school student, this Haverhill native briefly thought she might become a pediatrician. Her mother, who was a teacher, encouraged her to consider teaching where she could improve the lives of children through education instead.
Education, Professor Gilman has come to believe, levels the playing field for all individuals. She adheres to the tenets of Horace Mann, a Massachusetts native and Father of Public Education who stated, “…Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the condition of men – the balance wheel of the social machinery…it prevents being poor.”
Professor Gilman earned her bachelor’s in psychology from Boston University and a Master’s of Education in Administration from UMass Lowell. In addition, she has completed extensive advanced graduate work in Transformative Education. She spent 30 years teaching elementary, middle and high school students before taking over the role of district-wide reading and social studies supervisor. She went on to become an assistant principal and then principal in an elementary school in Haverhill for 10 years. The last six of those years were spent transforming an underperforming school into one of the 10 Horace Mann charter schools in Massachusetts.
Northern Essex is helping to prepare tomorrow’s educators. It offers associate degrees in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Liberal Arts: Middle/High School Teaching. All programs integrate classroom learning with practicums or field experiences that provide real-world experiences.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a steady job growth of 16.8 percent for elementary educators between now and 2020. During that time period, it is estimated that 248,800 jobs will be added.
Professor Gilman wants a hand in educating some of those educators.
“I have them use the tools of deductive reasoning so they can teach this to their own students,” she says. “I enjoy opening up the ‘toolbox’ of pedagogy to future teachers.”