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Olathe, KS 66062-1899


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13563 South Mur-len Rd.

Olathe, KS 66062-1899


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Jill Gonzalez Bravo



Chair, Teacher Education, Professor of Education, Tenured
  • EdD; Educational Leadership, 2015, Kansas State University
  • M.A. Curriculum and Instruction, 1999, Wichita State University
  • B.S. Biology Education, 1995, Kansas State University
1 Corinthians 2:14 is my favorite verse because when Christ is infused in my life he knowledge is diffused in every place. In science we learn that diffusion requires no additional energy it occurs when items move from areas of high to low concentration. However, the effectiveness of the diffusion process can be altered in three ways: increase concentration (fill up on God’s word), increase the heat (our passion and love for God and others), and increase movement (service/good works). ‘Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.’
  • Aspiring Academic Leaders Academy Graduate, Kansas Independent Colleges Association, 2017
  • Leadership Academy Nominee, Association of Teacher Educators, Chicago, IL 2016
  • Emerging Scholar Award, Association of Teacher Educators, 2015
  • 2021: “A Letter from the ATE-K President,” The Advocate: Vol. 26: No.2
  • 2019: Investigating the Development of Possible Selves in Teacher Education: Candidate Perceptions of Hopes, Fears, and Strategies, The Advocate: 24
  • 2019: The Black and Hispanic/Latino Male Teacher Networked Improvement Community: Promising Practices to Recruit and Retain Male Teachers of Color, Phase I, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Speak Life, Teachers of Vision, Fall 2011
  • Whom Do We Serve, Teachers of Vision, Spring 2006
  • 2021: Scaffolding Authentic Experiential Learning Projects
  • 2021: Experiential Learning
  • 2020: Guest Lecture – Those who can…teach (Johnson County Community College, Introduction to teaching course)
  • 2019: Using Webb’s Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor and Innovation (Christian Educators Conference)
  • 2019: Technology; Motivating or Money Pit (Christian Educators Conference)
  • 2019: Enhance Experiential Learning Through Off-Site Events (Faculty Learning Community Presentation)
  • 2019: SAMR Levels of Innovation Integration (Desoto Public Schools Conference)
  • 2019) Media and the Impact of the Teaching Profession (Johnson County Community College, Introduction to teaching class)
  • 2017: From Jeopardy to Shark Tank: Ensuring Depth of Knowledge (MNU SOE Faculty Development)

    Nine Instructional Strategies that Work Series 1-3, Grandview Christian School, 2012

  • “Getting to Know the Common Core,” Olathe Christian Schools, 2012
  • Math Assessment Prep: Get Funky do the MON-key, Desoto USD 232 District Inservice, 2011
  • Math Assessment Prep & Curriculum Mapping, Olathe Christian Schools, 2011
  • Curriculum Mapping, Christ Prep Academy Inservice, 2011
  • Math and Reading Assessment Preparation, Turner USD 202 Instructional Fair, 2011
  • Math Assessment Preparation, Mill Creek Middle School, USD 232, 2010
  • Cross Curriculum Math Games and Strategies, Magdalen Catholic School Inservice, 2007.
  • Conscious Discipline in the Middle Level Classroom, USD394 District Level Inservice, 2006.
  • Extended Learning Time Course Implementation, USE 394 Building Level Inservice, 2005
  • iMovie in the Classroom, USD 394 District Level Inservice, 2005.
  • Student Centered Learning, Kansas Association of Middle Level Educators (KAMLE) Conference, 2000.
  • Take Your Professional Pursuits to Japan, KAMLE Conference, 2000.
  • Misconceptions in Science, Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KATS) Conference, 1999.
  • Internet in the Classroom, Wichita Parent Resource Center for USD 259 parents and staff, 1999.
  • Team Work Through Rocket Building, Kansas Space Day Presentation, 1998.
  • Curiosity Takes You Everywhere, Science Plus Curriculum Reception, 1997.
  • Low Cost, No Cost Science, Dominica Island-wide workshops, 1995-1997.
  • School of Education Unit Head
  • Teacher Education Department Chair
  • Student Support Services, First Year Experience Director
  • Director of Clinical and Field-Based Placements
  • Teacher Education Department Associate Professor
  • Freshman Seminar Instructor