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This profile was last updated on 4/20/08  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

  • Teacher
    Lorain County Early College
  • President
    Ministerial Alliance of Elyria
  • Teacher
    Early College - Champion
  • KnowledgeWorks Foundation

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Full Gospel Faith Fellowship Church


  • Oberlin High School
Web References
KnowledgeWorks Foundation - High School Initiatives - Early College - Champion of Change: Gwen Gilmore - Teacher, Lorain County Early College -, 20 April 2008 [cached]
Champion of Change: Gwen Gilmore, Teacher, Lorain County Early College
KnowledgeWorks Foundation - High School Initiatives - Early College - Champion of Change: Gwen Gilmore - Teacher, Lorain County Early College -
Gwen Gilmore, teacher, Lorain County Early College
Just mention math teacher Gwen Gilmore's name, and RoseMarie Wagner's face lights up.
Sitting in the cafeteria between classes, Gilmore accepted the flattery with a laugh and a wave to students who called her name as they passed.Juggling conversations and roles comes naturally to Gilmore, along with her good humor - they were early lessons, she said, as the fifth of 13 siblings.
Today, Gilmore not only teaches, tutors and mentors students, but also is pastor of the church she founded and president of the Ministerial Alliance of Elyria.She's working on her doctorate in divinity, helps care for her mother, is close to her three grown sons and manages to go out on a "real date" with her husband, her 10th-grade sweetheart, at least once a month.
Gilmore shrugged off her accomplishments."You can't have 12 siblings without developing skills," she said."You learn sharing, leadership, coping, community.I saw strength and struggling, and a strong commitment between my parents.They were good models."
Their lessons served her well.Born in Tennessee, Gilmore moved to Cleveland as a young girl and excelled as "the original Early College student," graduating from Oberlin High School after her junior year and getting a head start on college classes.But her twenties were marked by a major health crisis that turned out to be the pivotal experience of her life.
Her oldest son, now 35, was just five years old, but Gilmore remembers every moment of the morning when her brain started hemorrhaging.In the few minutes before she slipped into a coma, she organized her family and said good-bye to her husband - for the last time, she was certain.When she awoke two weeks later, she declined all surgery and medications."I said to my spirit, `I'm healed,' and I knew that people will be healed because of what happened to me."
Gilmore's first order of business, she said, was to "start life all over again."She took off two years from work to enjoy her children, then eased her way back into her career, first as a receptionist with the Elyria schools, then as a mental health technician.Along the way, she also did missionary work in Nigeria and, in 1998, started the Full Gospel Faith Fellowship Church.
"I had a dream about it - I saw myself putting my name up on a marquee," Gilmore said.Her pastor licensed her to preach, and the church now has 75 members.
All the while, Gilmore wanted to teach math, her first academic love, "because these kids need to solve problems they can see an end to."She specifically wanted to teach teenagers."They seem to be where my heart beats," she said.
"For Gwen, it's not about teaching the content-it's about making students understand the content," Valentine said, "and she does everything she can to see that that happens.
Gilmore smiled as she gathered her things for her next class."I can't separate who I am from what I do," she said.
KnowledgeWorks Foundation - E-Newsletter Archive, 1 Feb 2008 [cached]
Champion of Change: Gwen Gilmore, Teacher, Lorain County Early CollegeMath teacher is inspired by turning points - her own and those of her students.
index, 15 Dec 2003 [cached]
Pastor Gwen Gilmore
Hands of Hope Ohio, 24 Feb 2007 [cached]
Gwendolyn D. GilmorePastor P.O. Box 1720Elyria, Ohio 44036
Phone: 440.327.1221
LCCC Proud : Issue 1 TV Ads Feature LCCC Students and Grads, 21 June 2001 [cached]
Starring in this spot are Pastor Gwen Gilmore from Elyria; Liz Garcia from Sheffield Village and Dan Ksiazk from Lorain.
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