Dr. Gillette's research focuses on the recruitment, professional preparation, and retention of excellent teachers and principals for urban schools. She has authored two books and numerous articles in this area. A twelve-year veteran classroom teacher, Dr. Gillette taught elementary and middle school in public, Catholic, urban and rural schools in Illinois and Wisconsin. Dr. Gillette mentors doctoral students and prepares undergraduates for the elementary and middle school classroom. The importance of her work is emphasized daily as she listens to the stories and experiences of her granddaughter and her eight nieces and nephews who attend public and Catholic K-12 schools.
- Ph.D. University of Wisconsin - Madison
- M.Ed. Northern Illinois University
- BSEd. Northern Illinois University
Haberman, M., Gillette, M., and Hill, D.A. (2018). Star Teachers of Children in Poverty, Second Edition. New York: Routledge.
Grant, C.A. and Gillette, M. (2006). Learning to Teach Everyone's Children: Equity, Empowerment, and Education That Is Multicultural. Belmont, CA: Thompson Wadsworth.
- The 30 Most Influential Deans of Education (2015).
- Faculty Member of the Year (as selected by the SGA), College of St. Rose (1996)
- Selection Research Institute: Outstanding Teacher of the Year (1981).