As a gifted educator, I am always trying to evolve, keeping up with the latest research, and the needs of the gifted parent community and children I serve.
My husband, gifted adult son, and I started discussing opening a k5 gifted community to reach a larger gifted community. A community who share common interests of having a gifted child. We want to have a place where parents can feel safe talking to one another and sharing ideas and information. We want to provide courses and materials for you as well as for your children.
It is hard to find the right math, the right language arts activities, STEM materials, and other things to keep your child engaged in. We try to make sure our material and lessons are socially emotionally at the right level and that it is material that you can trust is effective.
You will see in our community that we focus on our cornerstones of Parenting, Academics, and Social & Emotional. You might be able to find material or resources in one of these areas, but we believe that it is a combination of these three cornerstones and our combined backgrounds and talents that make our community different.
We are want to share our knowledge and resources with others who are on the same journey. Our community will provide a safe environment to share and collaborate, find resources, courses, and materials for you and your child. Too many times the focus is just on the child. In reality, the parents also need resources, encouragement, and much more.
There are two phrases you will see in our community repeatedly. One is “Because Learning Begins At Home” and the other is “Education isn’t getting you ready for life… education is life!”. These are the bedrocks and reasons for this community and academy.
We want to will provide differentiated rigorous math, language arts tied to science and social studies and fiction, and STEM activities. A place where your child can remain challenged and engaged at a “just right” social and emotional level with materials you can trust. This is not to replace what your child receives at school. It is to enhance the learning process and accelerate their understanding, skills, and mindsets.
Working with the public school gifted community, collaborating with teachers, and serving students and parents continues has been and continues to be a labor or love and a passion of mine. I have continued my education through the years. I have remained active in the counseling community, special education community, general education community, and, of course, the gifted community. This helps me respond to children and parents in an individualized way.
We have an adult son with autism. He is not academically gifted but is certainly a gift to our family. Having a son who is gifted and a son with special needs makes it easy for me to connect with families and not judge whatever struggles they may have experienced. We have been there and continue to learn and grow. In addition to being a gifted teacher and counselor, I am a special education teacher. Some gifted kids are dual identified. Each individual child has their own special needs. We hope to help you know their needs of your child and be able to respond to them in a very individualized and specific way.
In 2019, I had the honor to speak at the World Gifted Conference and share my insight into developing a preschool through 5th grade gifted school environment with the right daily services individualized for each child. I am bringing the same experience, background, and insight to our K5 Gifted Community and Academy.
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