B.A., double major: Psychology and Christian Counseling, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, AR
M.A. Religious Education Southwestern Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX
Ph.D. Foundations of Education, Minor in Administration, Southwestern Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX
M.Div. Brite Divinity School, Ft. Worth, TX
Elder, Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church
Gladys is married to a United Methodist pastor and has one son and a miniature poodle named Dobbie (named after the house elf in Harry Potter.) She loves traveling and spending time with her family. Besides teaching at Texas Wesleyan, Gladys is a motivational Christian speaker and consultant. Her goal is to provide educational ministries with tools for continued success and encourage and motivate Christians of all ages to live lives that honor God, others and themselves. Visit her website at gladyschilds.com.
"Spiritual Diversity and Mindfulness: A Pathway to Inclusion on a University Campus,” in Intersections: Faith(s), Church, and the Academy, edited by Mark E. Hanshaw and Timothy Moore (Nashville: Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church, 2018)
"Understanding Generation Z and the Implications for Christian Education, Part II" Christians Engaged in Faith Formation, Online. October 5, 2016.
"Understanding Generation Z and the Implications for Christian Education, Part I" Christians Engaged in Faith Formation, Online. September 20, 2016.
"Become a Teaching Rockstar: Simple Techniques to Motivate and Engage Students." Scholarly Teacher, Online. June 14, 2016.
"Simple Ways to Teach Critical Thinking." Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning. February 23, 2018. Anaheim, CA.
Guest speaker, "Personal Spiritual Growth" and "Growing a Family of Faith" at the Nourish Retreat. January 19-20, 2018. Glen Rose, TX.
Plenary Speaker, “Understanding Generation Z” at Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning. January 5, 2017. Austin, TX.
Led a six-session series of professional development for Bethesda Christian School elementary teachers. Sept. 2016 - Feb. 2017. Ft. Worth, TX.
"Building Faith as a Family". Children's Ministry Greenhouse: Nourish Your Calling: Grow the Children of God. April 29, 2016. Plano, TX.
Key Note Speaker at the LifePoint UMC Women's Retreat. April 8-9, 2016. Glen Lake Camp, Glen Rose, TX.
Key Note Speaker at the Perkins School of Theology Certification Class for Christian Education. January, 2016. Dallas, TX.