Amber Gentile, EdD, began working at Cabrini as an adjunct instructor in the Master of Education program and was welcomed full-time in the Teacher Education Program in 2013. Recently, she helped to develop a new Learning Community for Education students that began this fall semester. She is also serving as the Assistant Director of the Barbara and John Jordan Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education to help provide professional development to teachers and to conduct research. In the local community, Gentile is working with the Norristown Area School District serving as an academic coach to high school teachers to teach them about the teacher and student mindsets, Universal Design for Learning & SIOP, and best instructional practices to meet the diverse needs of students.
Do you have a favorite subject matter—or lesson—that you teach?
I am passionate about the importance of getting to know your students, therefore it is at the core of most of what I teach our education students. Students deserve to feel respected and valued and must feel so in order to learn at their fullest potential.
What is your go-to advice for Cabrini students?
- Learn to be an advocate…for yourself and for those who need our support. Silence and passiveness do not create progress or positive change. Everyone deserves to be seen and heard.
- Take advantage of the opportunities available to you. Do not let fear of the unknown hold you back from new experiences.
- Build relationships. People need people!
When you’re not on campus how do you like to spend your free time?
It may sound cliché, but I love to spend time with friends and family. I love spending quality time together doing things we all enjoy. I also love traveling—seeing new places and other ways to live.
What is your favorite family tradition and why?
We decorate the house for our sons’ birthdays. When they wake up, they see signs and balloons wishing them a happy birthday and it continues as they walk through the house. It is fun and sets the tone for a celebration! It is something they look forward to and I hope forms happy memories for them.
What are two things still left on your bucket list?
I am hoping that I will have grandchildren someday… many years from now (my sons are only 7 and 9)! I would also love to fully immerse myself in another culture for longer than a week or two at a time.