Currently, I am a GATE teacher. I received my teaching credential in 1992. Since then, along with raising 3 children, I have worked part-time substituting or job-sharing as a teacher. In 2005, I was invited to teach a GATE pull-out program. With no curriculum and no suggestions, I created 2-hour enrichment workshops using student input, gifted resources, and the internet. With the goal of teaching topics that aren't normally addressed in a classroom, my workshops have always been a hit. My students come to class enthusiastic and excited to learn something new and interesting! Their parents are happy too! At one point, I was teaching at 3 different schools, 4th, 5th and 6th grades, with approximately 30 to 40 students per grade. Having taught hundreds of gifted learners, I've learned a lot! Most importantly, I have learned to truly appreciate the quirks, eccentricities, intelligence, and goofiness that gifted learners exhibit. Their thirst for novelty is insatiable and I hope that the products I share on their behalf help provide inspiration and a yearning for more. I also hope to make things easier for teachers to find quality enrichment than it was for me.
Teaching GATE has become a passion as I continuously learn and explore the world of giftedness. Not only have I taught gifted children since 2005, but I have also raised and advocated for two gifted children of my own who are now 24 and 16. 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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