Gretchen Witte Glader, Ph.D. is a child and adult psychotherapist in private practice. She is a Senior School Social Worker, having served students in the general population and with emotional disabilities in a school setting since 2001. She holds a Type 73 Certification as an Illinois School Social Worker, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Her career background is in Education, working in public and private schools with children from preschool through high school. She has provided consultation to various schools, social service agencies, school psychologists, administrative staff and teachers, and has supervised social work and psychology interns. She has presented widely on clinical and organizational topics.Her other teaching interests and competencies are in the areas of School Social Work, Individuals and Families, and the Treatment of Children and Adolescents. She was drawn to the area of the social emotional needs of gifted children through her work as a child psychotherapist. After encountering children who fit this profile but were not receiving the necessary help, she began to develop her philosophy and practice to serve this population in ways that aligned with her values as a social worker and Montessori teacher. Along with Noriko Martinez, she opened Gifted Learning Center~North Shore in 2012.
In my opinion, one of the key factors in a student’s success at school is the relationship with her or his teacher. The two most important parts to this are the genuine warmth and good will between them and the ability of the teacher to really know the student. To understand the students academic and social emotional capabilities in a deep way and to truly care about them. This connection is something that is made more likely by smaller class size of course, but it’s also something that has to be a key part of who the teacher is as an individual. I have seen this over and over here at Roycemore and it’s one of the reasons I love being part of this school.