Gail S. Grossman

Gail Grossman

Career Title:  Teacher of Secondary and Elementary Education, Assistant Director, Durango Early Learning Center


  • B.A. Swarthmore College (History honors) 1965
  • M.A.T. Harvard Graduate School of Education (Secondary History/Government) 1966
  • B.A. Fort Lewis College (Elementary Education) 1982


Career Profile:  Taught secondary social studies, sometimes combined with English, in Philadelphia (public and private schools) and Simsbury CT. Moved to NM 1970. Taught one year in Taos, and mothered our two sons in Albuquerque. Moved to Durango 1976. Taught part time at Colorado Timberline Academy. Co-founded Durango Early Learning Center in 1978 (grades preschool – 3rd or 5th).  Attended F.L.C. for courses in Elementary Ed and graduated ’82, gaining CO and NM certification K-12. Taught at D.E.L.C. and spent a few years as Assistant Director 1978 through 2002.

Volunteer/Community Service:  Have volunteered as a naturalist/teacher in the field and in classrooms with Durango Nature Studies for about 24 years, including 6 years on the Board of Directors with two years as co-president. Have sung with the Durango Choral Society since 1976 and currently serve on the Board of Directors. Taught Lamaze childbirth classes for many years. Have volunteered as a mentor with Big Brothers/Sisters since 2002.  Helped with the formation of Heartwood Cohousing, in Bayfield, the intentional community where we have lived since 2000.  Have headed several Teams (committees) through which we run our community. Member of Great Old Broads and American Association of University Women. Active with Friends of the Pine River Library and Pine River Shares.

FLC Activities:  Have stayed in touch with F.L.C. mainly through connections with the Music Dept. and took several courses through the Office of Continuing Education. Have enjoyed Life Long Learning lectures for several years. Attended a few events with the Professional Associates along with my husband, Richard. 

Personal Interests:  Nature studies and environmental stewardship, intentional communities, tutoring/mentoring children, family and grandchildren, singing with the Durango Choral Society, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, water sports.

Travel: Europe, Australia/NZ, India, Hong Kong/China, Peru, and lived in Puerto Rico and Costa Rica.  Grew up in Montreal, Canada and graduated from the Putney School in Vermont.