• M.Ed., South West Texas State University
  • B.A., Our Lady of the Lake University

Research Interests

  • Technology Application and Effectiveness
  • The Culturally Responsive Classroom
  • Reading in the Content Areas – “Reading to Learn”


As a former teacher, principal, and Assistant Superintendent, Joann Gawlik, M.Ed. brings and shares a wealth of experience with her students and colleagues at St. Mary’s University. During her 36 year career in education, she was awarded the Outstanding Leader in Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, the National Distinguished Principal Award and the Parent Partnership Award by the National Catholic Education Association.

Gawlik earned a B.A. in Biology/Chemistry from Our Lady of the Lake University and a M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision with a Minor in Psychology and Sociology from Texas State University.  She has also earned 7 Texas Education Teaching Certifications.

She began her work at St. Mary’s as a University Supervisor supporting Clinical Teachers in 2013. She has also taught a wide range of undergraduate education courses such as Adolescent Development, Essential Elements of Life-Earth Science, and Teaching Reading in the Content Areas. Her focus each semester remains guiding students in developing an understanding of the American school system in The American Elementary School and The American Secondary School courses. These courses serve to prepare each student for their future education courses and their ultimate career as an educator. Gawlik also serves as the Performance Assessment and Technology Coordinator for the Department of Education. Her current projects focus on the Texas Education Agency initiatives – Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), the Science of Teaching Reading (STR), and initiates related to technology application, implementation and effectiveness.

Presentations and Publications

“Curriculum Development and Implementation”, Catholic Schools Office Staff Development Workshop, Diocese of Brownsville, TX (2012)

“Technology Integration for the Enhancement of Effective Math and Science Instruction”, Staff Development Workshop, St. Augustine K-12 School, Diocese of Laredo, TX (2011)

“Mission into Action:  Learning in the 21st Century”, Administrator and Teacher Inservice, Catholic School Office, Diocese of Laredo, TX (2010)

“Best Practices in School Health Care Services”, School Health Coordinators Workshop, Diocese of Laredo, TX (2010)

“Exploring Recipes for Alphabet Soup: Developing Literacy in Young Students”, Staff Development Workshop, Catholic Schools Office, Diocese of Laredo, TX (2009)

“Teaching with Style – The Differentiated Classroom”, Staff Development Workshop, Catholic Schools Office, Diocese of Victoria, TX (2007)

“Service Learning Program”, published in Practices of Blue Ribbon Catholic Schools 2001, ed. Janice A. Kraus, NCEA, 2002.

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