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Barry Gilmore taught English and social studies for over fifteen years before moving to his current position as Middle School Head at Hutchison School in Memphis, where he also taught and served as department chair for the Humanities. In addition to his work at Hutchison, Barry serves on the faculty of Tennessee Governor’s School for International Studies each summer and regularly presents his teaching ideas to groups around the country.
The author of seven books, Barry recently published his first work for students, Plagiarism: A How Not-To Guide for Students (Heinemann 2008), a companion to his book on the same topic for teachers. In addition to these two works, he is the author of “Is It Done Yet?”—Teaching Adolescents the Art of Revision (Heinemann 2007), Tim O’Brien in the High School Classroom (NCTE 2007), and a book of discussion techniques, Speaking Volumes (Heinemann 2006). He is also the author of over twenty articles on teaching for publications such as Educational Leadership, English Journal, and California English.
A passionate advocate of teachers and students, Barry shares his ideas around the country to excite young people and to help teachers discover research-based best practices for their classrooms. Barry is also an active participant in professional organizations. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of NCTE and is a past-president of TCTE. He is a member of the National Teacher Leadership Team for Facing History and Ourselves. He has presented at conferences for several regional affiliates of NCTE, IRA, the National Writing Project, and the National Association of Independent Schools. Barry has received numerous honors for his teaching, including awards from NCTE, TCTE, SMCTE, the Tennessee Holocaust Commission, and the U.S. Department of Education, including the American Star Teacher Award.
In addition to his work as a teacher, Gilmore is an active professional musician and regularly performs with his Celtic folk music ensemble, Planet Reel. He has recorded five albums of traditional folk music. Gilmore lives in Memphis with his wife, Susanna, who is concertmaster of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and with his two daughters, Katy and Zoe.