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School of Education & Social Policy

Anne Gatling, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Program Director, Undergraduate Teacher Education Program


Ph.D., Science Education - Boston College
M.Ed., School and Teacher Leadership - Harvard University, Graduate School of Education
B.S., Elementary Education - McKendree University


Dr. Gatling’s experience in the field of education began as an elementary teacher, then as an education fellow for Teacher Quality with Senator Lieberman, and more recently as an educator for both pre-service and in-service teachers.  She values the opportunity to engage with pre-service teachers and is passionate about working with them as they develop the knowledge and skills necessary to reach each student in our classrooms today.

In addition, Dr. Gatling’s interest in educational research allows her to continue to investigate ways to improve pre-service elementary teacher preparation in three ways: one, self-efficacy toward science; two, content knowledge; and thirdly, pedagogical skill in improving linguistically and culturally diverse student learning.

In addition to her classroom work, Dr. Gatling’s appointments at Merrimack College include member in the UCC (Undergraduate Curriculum Committee), a Library Committee member, and Co-Director of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Elementary Education Degree program.



Austin Hall, 227


  • EDU 2310 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • EDU 502G Teaching Science, Health & Physical Education
  • EDU 4220 Differentiated Instruction for the Inclusive Classroom
  • EDU 4221 Classroom Management
  • EDU 4320 Elementary School Teaching: Social Studies
  • EDU 4340 Children’s Literature