Iâ€™m a national consultant & keynote speaker with ESSDACK, a non-profit education service center. I inspire and help all levels of educators figure out the inâ€™s and outâ€™s of Project/Problem Based Learning, technology integration, and working with gifted and high-ability learners. Iâ€™m passionate about helping educators rethink and revision what teaching and learning can be in todayâ€™s world. Thereâ€™s nothing better than watching the faces of educators as they watch their own students get excited about learning and doing things that they never thought was possible. Because of my background as a learner, teacher, and school leader, I know exactly what that feels like. Itâ€™s the most awesome thing in the worldâ€¦because in that moment, everything is possible and we want to do it again.
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Graduating from Emporia State University in 1994 with a BSE in Social Science, I promptly began teaching the day school at a residential boysâ€™ home for The Farm, Inc. where I quickly discovered differentiated instruction and how to engage students well beyond my formal pre-service teaching instruction. I taught all core subjects to 11 troubled boys at a time, ages 11-18, at the homeâ€™s two dining room tables, using previously-discarded 20 year old text books. Itâ€™s my passion to help teachers inspire their students to do more, to be more, than they could ever imagine. Eventually uncovering a lifelong passion, in 2004, I earned my Masterâ€™s degree in Psychology and Special Education with an emphasis in Gifted Education. I began working as the Gifted Services Coordinator at Emporia Middle School and also serving as NCA Steering Committee Chair. I served on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Association for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative for 7 years as a Region Representative, State and Federal Legislative Liaison, a Conference Chair, and the Kansas Education Liaison, and have been a member of the National Association for Gifted Children, working at both the state and federal levels, advocating for the needs of gifted children in Kansas. For 4 years, I served as the co-chair of the Professional Learning Committee for the Kansas Learning First Alliance (KLFA), and am currently on the Board of Directors for Advocates for High-Ability Learners (AHA Learners), am a member of the Kansas Council for the Social Studies, and am a Google Certified Innovator. I also have a wonderfully understanding husband, Eric, of over 21 years who helps make this crazy life possible.
Who am I?Iâ€™m an education consultant and keynote speaker with a non-profit education service center. I specialize in Project/Problem Based Learning, technology integration, and gifted & high ability learners.
What am I passionate about?Iâ€™m passionate about helping educators rethink what teaching and learning can be in todayâ€™s world.
What makes my heart sing?There is nothing better than watching the face of a teacher, or a group of educators, or an entire school, as they watch their kids get excited about learning and doing things they never thought was possible. I know exactly what that feels like from the perspective of the learner, the teacher, and the school leader. Itâ€™s the most awesome thing in the world. Because in that moment, everything is possible. Itâ€™s the best feeling of possibilities for all involved and they will want to do it again.
What does Ginger do?Ginger provides dynamic and hands-on learning for those interested in providing engaging professional learning opportunities for teachers, administrators, parents, and communities.
- Project Based Learning
- Technology Integration
- Gifted & High Ability Learners
- Anti-bullying, Digital Citizenship, and Digital Legacy