Our Faculty

The Gilman News has four faculty advisors listed below. They challenge the News staff to be more accurate, precise, and clear in their writing. We are truly lucky to have them.


Matt Zealand

Matt Zealand attended Allegany High School in Cumberland, Maryland, where he was a three-sport athlete and an editor of the school newspaper, the Alcohi Mirror. Following a brief stint as a sports writer for the Cumberland Times-News, he earned a BA in Spanish Literature and Psychology at Towson University while also writing for the Towson Towerlight. Zealand spent four years living and working in Spain, where he was a contributor to the English-language magazine In Madrid. Zealand earned his MA in Spanish Linguistics at the University of California, Davis and headed up the Modern Languages Department at the Drew School in San Francisco before making his way to Gilman in 2015 alongside his wife, Ana, and son, David.


Diane Fuller

Diane Fuller grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey.  While a communications major at Seton Hall University she worked on the school’s yearbook, Galleon, and spent a summer working for the local newspaper The Courier News and the regional USA Today office. Through Boston University’s London Internship Program she spent a semester in London studying journalism.  Working in the Forbes Magazine Archives led her to attend graduate school for library science.  After tenure at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and Goucher College, Ms. Fuller joined the Gilman faculty in 2006.   



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Anna Follensbee

Anna Follensbee is one of the four College Counselors here at Gilman. She also teaches English 10, advises The News, has an advisory group, and coaches Ultimate Frisbee in the spring. Before she came to Gilman, she spent nine years working in college admission at three different colleges on the east coast. She lives on campus with her husband, two kids (Eliza and Jack), and two dogs (Bear and Rosie).