D. Elise Gruber

Assistant Professor of Practice of Education

Elise Gruber comes to Stetson following a 35-year career in teaching and administration at the K-12 and university levels.

  • BA, English Education, University of Central Florida
  • MA, English Literature, University of Central Florida
  • MA, "The Word and the Visual Imagination," St Davids College, University of Wales
  • EdS, Education Leadership, Stetson University
  • EdD, Education Leadership, University of Florida


D. Elise Gruber


Dr. D. Elise Gruber is a Visiting Assistant Principal in the Department of Education at Stetson University. Prior to her tenure at Stetson, Dr. Gruber served public K-12 education for 34 years as a gifted and English teacher in Seminole County Public Schools; a middle and high school principal of three separate schools in Seminole County Public Schools and Orange County Public Schools; and an Executive Area Director for Orange County Schools, where she supervised 28 K-12 schools. In addition, she was a coordinator of gifted programs for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Germany and has taught education and leadership courses at the university level since 1984. Dr. Gruber's school principal experience includes opening an urban Title 1 high school, and leading secondary schools in increasing Advanced Placement, AVID, fine arts, student leadership and curriculum business partnerships and programs. She was named OCPS's Arts Principal of the Year in 2012 and received Commendations for her work in the Department of Defense Dependents' Schools in 1988, Dr. Gruber presents at the state and national level on issues relating to Advanced Placement, gifted education, education leadership and human resources.

More About D. Elise Gruber

Areas of Expertise

  • Human Resource Development in K-12 Education
  • K-12 Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision
  • Gifted Education
  • International Education
  • Restorative Practices Trainer

Course Sampling

  • Human Resource Development
  • Instructional Leadership and Supervision
  • Action Research and Internship
  • Educational Psychology

  • Role of the Principal in Human Resources in K-12 Education
  • K-12 Curriculum, Instruction and Leadership
  • Leadership in International Education

  • Currently working on a Saudi Arabian school leadership article
  • Currently working on the partnership of the K-12 principal and district human resource management article