Suze Gilbert has always wanted to be a school teacher. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Freed-Hardeman University, learning from professors who affirmed her desire to become a teacher. She began teaching students in a Montessori Kindergarten and 1st grade, and both public and private schools, in 4th through 8th grades over the course of almost ten years. Gilbert’s favorite teaching experiences were always in the middle grades.
During her teaching career, she earned my Master’s and Specialist degrees in curriculum and instruction. Her research, study, and graduate school experiences led to the successful implementation of a Reading and Writing Workshop in her classroom and provided her the opportunity to begin conducting professional development workshops for teachers in her school system as well as surrounding school systems.
With the completion of her doctoral work, Gilbert moved to working as an adjunct professor at Middle Tennessee State University College of Education. She joined the faculty full-time at MTSU in 2012.
Gilbert then joined the Lipscomb College of Education faculty beginning in 2018 as Lead Faculty for the Reading Specialty M.Ed., teaching graduate and undergraduate courses at Lipscomb focusing on literacy instruction. Currently, she serves as the Co-Director of the Middle Tennessee Writing Project which is the local chapter of The National Writing Project.
In 2018 she began working with Eastern European Missions to develop a teacher training program that would present best teaching practices for the development of character traits in the classroom. This curriculum was to be presented to educators in Ukraine, and would allow the team to distribute Bibles and other materials to children and teachers.
Gilbert was born and raised and continue to reside in Murfreesboro, Tenn. She loves spending time with Eric, my husband of over 25 years and our 3 children. Gilbert worships with the Kingwood church of Christ.