I believe in a gifted program that recognizes the need for individual attention while maximizing student development across the curriculum. Class sizes for direct gifted instruction are intentionally small and focused to facilitate student and teacher interaction. Class topics are chosen to reflect a challenging environment that promotes success in postsecondary education and life-long leadership skills.
One of my educational passions is preparing gifted learners for success in the 21st Century. My philosophy of education centers around mastering non-traditional skills such as those described by Harvard educator Tony Wagner:
- Critical thinking and problem-solving
- Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
- Agility and adaptability
- Initiative and entrepreneurship
- Effective oral and written communication
- Accessing and analyzing information
- Curiosity and imagination
These skills are featured both overtly and covertly within my classroom environment.
I am very excited to work with you and your child to as a partner in the educational experience. Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments, or concerns regarding the education of you high-ability learner.
Finally, as Randy Pausch, author of The Last Lecture said, "I know you're smart. But everyone here is smart. Smart isn't enough. The kind of people I want on my team are those who will help everyone else feel happy to be here."