Gail Poitrast Ed.D.
Virtual Faculty Coach
- Ed.D., Educational Leadership, New England College, 2016
- M.Ed., Mathematics Education, Plymouth State University, 1996
- B.S.E., Education, Westfield State University, 1976
Over her 45-year career in education, Gail has instructed mathematics and mathematics education learners in elementary school, middle school, high school, and college. She taught in SAU #48, both at Russell School and Plymouth Regional High School, and has been a faculty member at Granite State College since 2002. Gail has developed and taught online classes for over 20 years, both at the college level and at VLACS, the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School. In the spring of 2007, she received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching from Granite State College. Gail presently is a senior lecturer and fellow and serves as Lead Mathematics Faculty for MATH502 and the School of Education at Granite State College. She also works with faculty as a faculty mentor and peer reviewer. Gail lives in Henniker, NH, and when not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and children, playing with her Great Dane puppy, walking, reading, and quilting.
Helping learners of all ages and backgrounds create and maintain an open mindset is crucial in education. While constructivism, metacognition, and experiential learning are interdependent and can tie together to create student-centered learning and should be considered when exploring and adopting best practices for student learning, strong student-teacher relationships with timely feedback and support are vital and help learners persevere, succeed, and become life-long learners in an ever-changing world.