Shane Gilbert

Instructional Faculty - English

Appointed 2017. Ms. Gilbert started teaching in 1995 in Steamboat Springs simply because it came with a ski pass!  There, she taught the US Nordic and Jumpers Olympic Ski Teams and simultaneously worked at the local Christian school as the sole English teacher, drama and film teacher, college counselor, SAT teacher, coaching both the Girl’s Lacrosse and Equestrian teams, and was the AP coordinator.

In 2000, she moved to LA to be a screenwriter and that is where she found her passion in producing feature films. So, Ms. Gilbert took off to Africa to find her winning story.  While directing her documentary, Mzungu: White Wander, she met her beautiful daughter, Jesca, a former Ugandan street girl who changed her life forever.  So, Ms. Gilbert remained in Kampala another seven years to start a Christian school and work in Katanga Slum, learning the root-causes of the orphan cycle.  After years of missionary work, fundraising, and guest-speaking around the country on the failures of foreign aid, Ms. Gilbert and Jesca relocated to Jakarta International School in Indonesia before joining the Valor Christian family in 2017 to be near family and return to her hometown.  Ms. Gilbert also currently teaches film every summer at Phillips Exeter Academy, teaches Composition at Colorado Christian University, and works for The College Board, scoring the AP Literature exams.

Her professional awards include:

Ken Hendricks IMPACT Award for Directing (Beloit, WI ~ 2011)
Filmanthropy “Audience Choice” Award (Los Angeles, CA ~ 2010)
Chagrin Falls Documentary Festival “Best of the Fest” (Chagrin Falls, OH ~ 2010)
Multi-Generational Leadership Award, Regis University, Denver, CO (2008)
Best Documentary Short Film, African Film Fest (London, 2007)
Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year (2000)
Colorado Walmart Teacher of the Year (1999)
Kurt Lee Hornbeck Poetry Prize (1994)
Siddie Joe Johnson Poetry Award (1994)

Her favorite thing in the world is hanging out with Jesca and their dog, Gabby! Her life-changing Bible verse is James 1: 27.


B.A. Creative Writing (Playwriting) – Texas Christian University, 1994 B.A. World Religions – Texas Christian University, 1994 M.A. Teaching of English (summa cum laude) – Columbia University, 2018