I am a GATE Teacher for Grades 3, 4, 5 and 6. I received my teaching credential in 1992. Since then, along with raising 3 children, I worked part-time substituting or job-sharing as a teacher. In 2005, I was invited to teach a GATE pull-out program. There were no lessons, no books and no suggestions given to me. Thus, I had to prepare everything on my own. With many gifted resources as my go-to, I began creating workshops. At one point, I was teaching at 3 different schools, 4th, 5th and 6th graders, with approximately 30 to 40 students per grade. I've learned a lot through the years and most importantly have learned to truly appreciate all the quirks, eccentricities, intelligence and goofiness that gifted learners exhibit.
Teaching GATE has become a passion as I continuously learn and explore the world of giftedness.Not only have I taught gifted children in grades 3-6, since 2005, but I have also raised two gifted children of my own who are now 23 and 16. I have had to become an advocate as well. Gifted students are misunderstood and misdiagnosed quite often. My main goal in working with GATE children has been to focus on developing their creative and critical thinking skills. I also believe gifted students need to be made aware of their potentially unique, social and emotional needs that can go hand-in-hand with being gifted. I am a firm believer in providing opportunities that help students understand some of the common characteristics such as, anxiety, perfectionism, OCD's and over-sensitivities that are common for gifted learners. I hope to provide insight so that those traits don't control the child, but the child learns to control them. The activities I have created and taught develop skills in the areas of creative thinking, teamwork, self-reflection and coping strategies. Through the use of high-ability resources and materials, I believe I inspire and challenge students with novel and unique opportunities and new insights about themselves and the world around them. I look forward to sharing my materials with other teachers so gifted students get the opportunity to have their needs met as well. I hope to provide support that can fill in gaps which might positively impact gifted learners so that they can develop the skills to confidently create change because they understand themselves better.
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Bachelor of Arts in Applied Arts and Sciences - Liberal Studies - San Diego State University - 1990: Elementary Education Credential - supplementary English authorization - SDSU - La Mesa/Spring Valley School District: GATE Certification - University of California San Diego
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English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Specialty, Math, Geometry, Science, Anatomy, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Art History, Visual Arts, Life Skills, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Professional Development, Character Education, Problem Solving, Criminal Justice - Law, Forensics, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Presidents' Day, Spring, Products For TpT Sellers, Earth Day, Summer, Informational Text, End of Year, Engineering, Close Reading, Classroom Community