Dr. Shirley Disseler
Assistant Professor, Education
Coordinator, Middle Grades Education
Roberts Hall 353
Dr. Shirley Disseler is a new faculty member at High Point beginning the 2010-2011 year. Formerly a curriculum specialist for Rowan Salisbury Schools, she received her doctorate at UNCC in Educational Leadership with a focus on Curriculum and Supervision. Dr. Disseler spent seven years teaching elementary school where she was voted Hurley Elementary Teacher of the Year and Rowan County Math Teacher of the Year. While teaching elementary school, she was a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics and Science and served as a First Flight Educator. After teaching elementary school, she taught middle school for seven years; five of which was spent teaching academically gifted math and science. At that level she was voted Southeast Middle Teacher of the Year, and received several top honors in the profession including: The Hornets Award for Excellence in Teaching, The Malibu Teaching Award, Time Magazine Teaching Excellence Top 18 Teachers Award and was honored as a Time Warner Cable Star Teacher. Dr. Disseler received her National Boards in 1999 as a Middle Childhood Generalist and renewed in 2009. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society, Middle School Association, NCCTM, NCSTA, ASCD, National Poets Society, and serves a First Vice President of Kappa Delta Gamma. Her poem, “A Child’s Darkness” is published in the poetry anthology entitled, Walk in the Garden.
Dr. Disseler’s research interests include transitioning issues for middle school students, poverty and learning, brain research and learning styles, the academically gifted and differentiation, teacher effectiveness and new teacher training. Several of her articles are awaiting publication.