Dr. Shirley Disseler
Associate Professor, Education
Coordinator: STEM Education Program
LEGO Education Trainer
Stout School of Education
Campus Mail: Drawer 45
Formerly a curriculum specialist for Rowan-Salisbury Schools, Dr. Disseler received her doctorate from 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, Dr. Disseler 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 2018. She is a member of the NCAEE, Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society, Middle School Association, NCCTM, NCSTA, ASCD, National Poets Society, and the LEGO Ambassadors Program, Currently Dr. Disseler serves as a distinguished member of Who’s Who Among Professionals, is a member of the LEGO Education Advisory Panel (LEAP) and the Global LEAP Panel as a Lego Education Specialist for North America. As a Certified Lego Trainer, Dr. Disseler leads the Center for Educational Outreach and Teacher Training at High Point University where she works with local teachers in Lego Education product training. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Educational Policies and Current Practices (JEPCP), Journal of Game-Supported Interactive Learning (JGSIL) and Teaching Children Mathematics (TCM). Dr. Disseler serves on the board of Teachers2Teachers Global and NC First.
Her poem, “A Child’s Darkness” is published in the poetry anthology entitled, Walk in the Garden. Other publications include: The Middle School Gender Gap in Mathematics & Perceptions of Mathematics Learning” ,Using Online Gaming to Prepare Preservice teachers. Dr. Disseler is the author the Brick Math Series; Strategies and Activities for Common Core: Grades 3-5 Part 1 & 2. Dr. Disseler’s research interests include transitioning issues for middle school students, poverty and learning, brain research and learning styles, Creativity in the classroom, teacher effectiveness and new teacher training, and Building with the Brick: The power of Lego Education in the Classroom. Several of her articles are awaiting publication.