Gretchen Norland has been an assistant professor of secondary education at Bethany College since 2012. Norland teaches education courses in classroom management, middle and secondary methods, foundations of education, and educational psychology. Norland received her Masters of Arts in education from Baker University in 2009. She has taught as an adjunct instructor for Baker University. Norland is also a former graduate of Bethany College, earning her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in English education in 1979.
Norland has 32 years of teaching experience in USD 400, Smoky Valley. She is certified in K-9 elementary, 7-12 English, 5-8 history, and 7-12 psychology. Her teaching experiences also include virtual charter school and online instruction. Norland received leadership training at an ASCD conference in differentiated instruction and alternative assessments, and has given district presentations. She has served as co-chair of the Professional Learning Communities Social Studies Committee, North Central Accreditation in Reading Committee, and USD 400 District Steering Team.
At Bethany College, Norland is currently serving on the Curriculum Committee and is a member of the Teacher Education Committee. Norland is active in the Education Department accreditation and assessment process. On the ACCK council, she is the secondary coordinator of education representative for Bethany. Norland served on the Kansas Teacher of the Year State Selection Committee for the 2012-2013 year. She has been a member of the Bethany College Teacher Education Advisory Council since 2009.