Alicia Gillean is a library media specialist at Jenks West Intermediate School, part of the Jenks Public Schools District, near Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is passionate about guiding her 5th and 6th grade students to develop as thinkers, inquirers, and citizens who have the ability to answer their own questions and the power to impact the world. Mrs. Gillean taught 6th grade at Jenks West Intermediate for four years before accepting her current position in 2010.
Prior to her work in traditional education, she was an Education Specialist at the Oklahoma Aquarium where she created and facilitated educational programs for aquarium guests. Mrs. Gillean has a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and a master of science degree in library media and information technology. In 2012, Mrs. Gillean was selected as a NOAA Teacher at Sea and spent eleven days living and working aboard the R/V Hugh R. Sharp as part of a science team conducting a survey of Atlantic sea scallops, providing her with tremendous examples of real-world science to share with her students. Mrs. Gillean is an adventurer and an outdoor enthusiast who spends her free time camping, hiking, running, reading, and traveling.