Nancy Gaillard, Ph.D.
Office Hours

UCOM 3128

T 10-5
and by appointment as necessary
Ph: (251) 380-2881
Fax: (251) 380-2758
307 University Blvd., S.
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Nancy Gaillard, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership and Teacher Education
K-12 Education

B.S., English, University of North Carolina, 1970
M.Ed., Elementary Education, University of North Carolina, 1970
Teaching Philosophy
I have been teaching in addition to learning about teaching for over 40 years. As an elementary public school teacher and administrator, the most important part of my job was to keep my students safe, help them learn how to learn using their own particular learning style, and to encourage them to think, question, and discover on their own. I still consider those jobs to be the most important as I teach in the K-6 Program in our Leadership and Teacher Education Department. There are very few absolute answers in life. There are an infinite number of questions. Helping students find those answers is essential to what I do for every student as they prepare for classrooms of their own.
I am currently working on my Doctor of Education degree from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. My dissertation topic is focused on public school students’ Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights. In addition to this, my research interests are in the areas of leadership and supervision, teaching and management strategies, and curriculum planning.
My position as a student teacher supervisor allows me to visit in dozens of our public schools in Mobile County. As a representative of the USA College of Education, I want to let all of our public school community know the excellent training our teachers have when they leave our program and to recruit and encourage current and future teachers in our public schools to consider USA as their university of choice. In addition, I serve on department committees involved in community organizations, volunteer for programs sponsored by USA in non-profit organizations, and represent Alabama in the Mid-South Education Research Association.
I began teaching in 1970 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. My first job was in a tiny rural school district in Georgia, which opened my eyes to a world I was totally unfamiliar with. In the years since, I have learned that while the world around us may look different, the children we teach are the same as they develop physically, socially, and emotionally regardless of who they are or where they live. I have had the wonderful opportunity to teach and be an elementary principal in North Carolina, where I also participated in travel abroad with groups of teachers from all over the world. In addition to traditional schools, my role as principal of two public Montessori elementary schools opened my eyes to all of the possibilities for different ways of teaching and learning. These experiences helped me to grow personally and professionally and know that at some point in my career, I would find the right place to share that knowledge and those experiences. I have found that place at USA where, since 2004, I have had the pleasure of teaching in the College of Education, Department of Leadership and Teacher Education. The students in my pre-candidacy classes in our K-6 Program have challenged me to continue learning and developing my own skills as a teacher and learner. Working with outstanding scholars and researchers in their own fields of education inspires me every day and encourages me to never stop learning.




EDU 100 - Professional Educator

EDU 346 - Student Teacher Supervision

EEC 595 - Internship

SED 595 - Internship, Secondary Education Language Arts

SED 596 - Internship, Secondary Education Social Studies