Sharon M. Gilbert, M.Ed.

Phone: (205) 665-6268


Master of Education • University of Montevallo • 1989

  • Major: Counseling and Guidance

Bachelor of Science • University of Montevallo • 1986

  • Major: Counseling and Guidance
  • Minor: Sociology


University of Montevallo • Montevallo, AL

  • Director – Upward Bound Program • (2006–Present)
    • Responsible for planning, implementation, and supervision of the project
    • Recruit and direct faculty/staff
    • Responsible for all record keeping and government reports
    • Monitor budget
    • Maintain regular contact with target schools, community, parents and students
  • Assistant Director – Upward Bound Program • (1993–2006)
    • Provided assistance in planning and implementing the objectives of the program
    • Developed academic curriculum
    • Monitored and document the academic progress of each student
    • Assessed student needs and develop an Individual Educational Plan
    • Coordinated scheduling of classes and tutoring of participants
    • Provided individual and group counseling for participants
    • Supervised the Bridge Program and Work-Study component
    • Assisted students with scholarships and financial aid
    • Conducted seminars on ACT Preparation, time management, goal setting, decision-making, and selecting a college
    • Maintained contact with counselors and teachers in target schools through monthly visits
    • Recruited students to participate in the Upward Bound Program
    • Implemented follow-up of former Project participants
    • Assisted with fund-raising activities
  • Counselor/Assistant Director – Upward Bound Program • (1991–2003)
    • Developed academic, motivational and career curriculum
    • Coordinated testing, scheduling of classes and tutoring of participants
    • Administered standardized self-concept inventories
    • Coordinated cultural, educational,and recreational activities
    • Supervised the Bridge Program
    • Supervised the Peer Mentoring Program
    • Implemented follow-up of former Project participants
    • Maintained contact with counselors and teachers in target schools through monthly visits

Georgia Department of Human Resources • Augusta, GA

  • Rehabilitation Counselor – Division of Rehabilitation Services • (1990–1991)
    • Assisted clients with mental and/or physical disabilities to function independently in the work force
    • Obtained and evaluated medical, psychological, social and vocational information
    • Developed a rehabilitation plan of services with client
    • Prepared certification of eligibility reports and provided ongoing vocational and supportive counseling services to clients and/or client’s family throughout the rehabilitative process
    • Assisted clients with job search strategies, resume preparation and interview techniques
    • Managed caseload to move cases through the DRS process in a timely manner
    • Participated in client recruitment, job development and public relations activities by developing and maintaining contacts with social service agencies, schools and other community resources
    • Interpreted federal and state regulations governing the provision of vocational and rehabilitation services
    • Provided follow-up services to clients to insure smooth transition into world of work

Paine College •Augusta, GA

  • Director – Career Planning and Placement/Coperative Education • (1988–1990)
    • Managed and administered all aspects of Career Planning and Placement Center
    • Counseled students regarding career planning and job development strategies
    • Developed collaborative relationships with recruiters from business, government and education
    • Maintained information regarding current job openings
    • Coordinated and conducted resume writing, interviewing skills, job search techniques workshops and other career-related topics
    • Presented career planning seminars for high schools, churches, and freshman orientation
    • MCoordinated job and graduate school fairs
    • Supervised cooperative education students and evaluated work performance of students participating in the J.T.P.A. summer work program
    • Designed Cooperative Education Brochure
    • Completed annual reports for Board of Directors
    • Compiled statistics and information regarding placement effectiveness

Professional Activities

  • Alabama Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel 1991-2009
    • Program Committee; Public Relations Committee, Co-Chair
    • Research and Development Committee; National TRIO Day Committee Co-Chair
    • Scholarship Committee
    • Nomination Committee
  • Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel
    • Research and Evaluation Committee 1991-2009
  • Council of Educational Opportunity Association 1991-2009
  • University of Montevallo
    • Office Support Personnel Position Evaluation Committee
    • McNair Scholars Advisory Board 2008 – 2009
    • Black Alumni Advisory Board 1991-96
    • Extended Orientation Mentor 1993-98
    • Student Activities Advisory Board 1993-98
    • Student Affairs Student Orientation Sub-Committee
    • Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, Advisor 1998-2001
    • Advisor for the African American Society 1992-98
    • Inspirational Voices of Christ, Co-Advisor 1995-98
    • Zeta Phi Beta Sigma, Acting Advisor 1994-95
  • Gamma Phi Delta Professional Business Women’s Association, Alpha Pi Chapter, 1999 – 2005
    • Secretary, 2000 – 2004; Fundraising, Program, Publicity and Scholarship Committee, 2000-2002
    • Founder’s Day, Scholarship and Program Committee, 2002-2003
    • Second Vice-President 2004-2006

Civic/Community Affiliations

  • Kiwanis Club of Montevallo
    • Vice President 1997-98
    • President 1998-2000
    • Past President 2000-2002
    • Builders’ Award 2001
    • Key Club Advisor
  • Positive Image Outreach Ministries
    • Board Member 1997-2004
    • Scholarship Committee Chair 2002-2004
    • Education Committee Chair
    • Public Relations and Program Committee 1998-2002
  • Leadership Shelby County 2002-2003
    • Youth Leadership Shelby County Education
    • Environmental Day 2004
  • Shelby Emergency Assistance Board Member 2002 – 2004; 2006 – 2009
  • Shelby County FOCUS School Program Advisory Board Member 2002
  • Montevallo Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade Committee 2002 – 2004
  • Montevallo Park and Recreation Board Member 2002-2009
  • Montevallo Elementary PTO Board 2003-2004
    • Treasurer 2004-2005
  • Montevallo Middle School PTO Board 2007-2009