Joan Gillman

Joan Gillman

Educator | The Browning School

Joan Gillman is a National Geographic Certified Educator who has spent nearly 40 years encouraging students to develop passion for science and a lifelong learning ethos through cross-disciplinary curriculum and teacher coaching. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in education, summa cum laude, from Felician University, and was awarded a Master of Arts in education by New York University in 1982. Ms. Gillman empowers students with the critical thinking skills and “big picture” worldview necessary for them to become future leaders and environmental stewards. She began teaching in 1982, and spent the next two decades as a classroom teacher and content area specialist for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students. In 2008, she became a fifth and sixth grade science teacher at the Calhoun School, and has taught students science at New York’s Browning School since 2018. Ms. Gillman is an ambassador for projects by the American Museum of Natural History and NASA and a frequent speaker and presenter at educator conferences. She has taught workshops at the 2019 STANYS Conference, the 2020 online NYC STANYS Professional Workshop, and published “Straw Rockets are Out of this World!” which appeared in an NSTA Magazine and “Bringing STEM to the Elementary Classroom.”

The Star Treatment

In her interview with Star Jones, Ms. Gillman speaks about her role as an educator and always putting her students first at The Browning School.

Personal Website

Ms. Gillman’s website displays her professional achievements alongside her career history and creative works.

Hemispheres Magazine

Ms. Gillman is honored as a 2021 Distinguished Listee on page 113 of United Airline’s Hemispheres Magazine.

Millennium Magazine

As a Teacher of the Year, Ms. Gillman was included in Millennium Magazine.


Ms. Gillman’s dedication to her students resulted in recognition as worldwide Humanitarian.

Lifetime Achievement Press Release

In 2017, Ms. Gillman was endorsed by Marquis Who’s Who as a leader in the field of education and her honor was announced via press release.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ms. Gillman’s dedication as a fifth and sixth grade teacher paved the way for her Lifetime Achievement Award.

Professional Women

Ms. Gillman has been included among some of the world’s top Professional Women.

Top Professional Educators

As a Top Educator, Ms. Gillman has been recognized for going above and beyond. She has served 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.

Star Treatment Press Release

Ms. Gillman sat with Star Jones to explore her deep passion for teaching.

Who's Who in the World

Marquis Who’s Who honored Ms. Gillman with inclusion in Who’s Who in the World.



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