Multiple cross-country moves have allowed/encouraged me to experience working with all ages of students from pre-K through college, including students in special needs and gifted programs. Observation of the similar needs across the entire age range forced the missing elements of the curriculum at the time, causing me to consider the similarities of these needs and how they might be addressed. As a result, I have created a series of strategies which implement writing as a unifier that may be applied across all curricular areas and all ages to provide the methods for “HOW TO TEACH…”, which moves beyond the “WHAT TO TEACH…” provided by curricula and standards.
Hands-on, inquiry based, with a focus on deductive reasoning, problem solving and critical thinking with an emphasis on maintaining a high level of student engagement.
Ohio University Hall of Fame, 1996 Outstanding Educator Award Lifelong Learning, Ohio University, 1994 Ohio Outstanding Educator of the Year, Ohio Association of Gifted Children, Columbus, OH, 1990 Phi Kappa Phi Scholastic Honorary, Ohio University, 1985
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Master's Degree in Gifted and Talented Education, Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction.
• Author of several books for teachers, a movie for classroom use, and an e-book for children—Where’s my Bed, the Flamingo Said? Available on iTunes & Google Play. • Watch for the launch of my website coming this fall: www.thehow2doc.com and the accompanying blog. Conferences and Special Invitations: A Dream with Broken Wings Cannot Fly – Japan Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development – (JASCD) World Conference, Keynote Speaker, March, 2012, Tokyo, Japan Questioning—How Critical Is It?, 2010 National Reading Recovery & K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference, Columbus, Ohio, February 7-9, 2010 Consultant, Literacy, Private Invitation, Cairo, Egypt, 2009 Consultant, Writing Across the Curriculum to Meet the No Child Left Behind Standards, Palmas Academy, Humacao, Puerto Rico, 2006 Consultant, Writing Across the Curriculum, Department of Defense School, Aviano, Italy, 2000 Writing Connections, Paris, France, 1999 Science through Discovery, University of Seville, Seville, Spain, 1994 Teacher Education Program, University of Izmir – Izmir, Turkey 1993 Science Research Methods, Department of Defense School, Izmir, Turkey, 1993 Natural Language Math, Brisbane, Australia, 1992 Director, Odyssey of the Mind (Formerly Olympics of the Mind), Area Four, 1985