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Jennifer Gkourlias

Visiting Assistant Professor
Teaching & Curriculum
LeChase Hall 457
(585) 273-3341
jgkourlias@warner.rochester.edu
 
Education:
EdD, University of Rochester (educational administration)
MEd, University at Buffalo, State University of New York (TESOL)
BA, State University of New York - Geneseo (history)


Jennifer Gkourlias, a veteran educator from the Rochester area, joined the Warner School faculty in 2019. A graduate of the Warner School’s educational leadership program, she has extensive teaching and leadership experience in K-12 schools. Gkourlias brings more than two decades of classroom experience as a social studies and English as a new language (ENL) teacher and 15 years of leadership experience as a school leader and curriculum director. Most recently, she has been a practicing ENL teacher. Previously, she served as a school principal in the Rochester City School District and was the founding principal of Rochester’s first charter school for young women, Young Women's College Prep Charter School of Rochester.
 
Her research and teaching interests are centered around student engagement and motivation theory, school reform models, and restorative practices. Related to her work as a social studies educator, Gkourlias is an advocate for veterans and is presently writing an oral history of the Persian Gulf War through the eyes of veterans who served with a focus on exposing the truth about Gulf War Illness. In June 2018, she delivered a TEDx talk titled “A Casualty of War: Gulf War Illness.” 


Courses
EDF416H Field Experiences in Secondary Schools (Social Studies)
EDU435 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Foreign Languages and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages)