Singapore American School teacher and creator of science materials including in-school science projects. Teaching gifted classes in Minneapolis Schools and creating programs in several schools to meet needs of gifted children. Future Problem Solving coach. Chess Coach. Teaching adult education classes in parenting gifted children. 'Midnight" tutor for high school students in wiring. Tutoring adults in writing. Teaching the gifted program at Excelcior Elementary School.
I have a very eclectic style of teaching where I try to incorporate writing into every subject. Organizing a classroom around dynamic projects and local issues has helped me keep motivation and interest high and to keep students engaged. Incorporating art into many subjects makes things very personal for students. Making beaded Mississippi and Ganges River bracelets, for example, adds an element that has huge interest for all students. Incorporating chess into the classroom so that the class expects more chess time as a reward, extends the instructional time each day without the students being aware. Lending dygnity to each subject and always relating it all to our interests and needs goes a long way to creating a fascinating and productive year for a child. Studying the virtues of great people helps us all raise our standards and gives us hope and creates optimism. Future Problem Solving has helped me learn to defer judgment and to teach students to do the same.
Four time Future Problem Solving coach of state bowl participants from an inner city Minneapolis School. Girl Scout Parent Gold Award.
I grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and moved with my family to Minnesota when I was in high school. Graduating from Alexander Ramsey High School, I was well prepared for the University of Minnesota and eventual graduate school at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Having been in gifted programs myself and having very bright children, I attended any workshop I could on the gifted child. I began teaching and organizing gifted classes and then earned a masters in Gifted Education at St. Thomas, studying under Karen Rogers. I learned to successfully write grants. Involvement in the Future Problem Solving Program was a turning point for me in learning how important it is to incorporate real life issues into the classroom.
Raising my children mostly in Europe and Asia has greatly influenced by teaching and how I relate to children. Having high expectations is essential. I have been greatly influenced by the dynamic teachers at the international schools in Brussels and in Singapore. Adapting to life in very different cultures has taught me to have a broader world view.