"It's okay for learning to be messy...
as long as it's meaningful."
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I believe that gifted learners are among the most misunderstood and underserved populations that exist within a school district. Most of my work is dedicated to helping educators, parents, and learners, themselves, understand what giftedness is, what it isn't, and how we can serve gifted learners in manageable and meaningful ways.
I also believe that teachers deserve to experience the same during professional learning. It is always my goal to challenge their thinking, support them where they are, engage them through storytelling and authenticity, and understand their reality.
How did I get here?
WHY AM I SO PASSIONATE ABOUT SUPPORTING EDUCATORS AND ADVOCATING FOR GIFTED LEARNERS?
Read my story ➝
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I almost walked away from education because I didn't know how to engage today's learners.
Yep, you read that correctly. I almost walked away from it all as a result of feeling as if I was just spinning my wheels. I felt like someone turned the lights off and I lost my passion for teaching. Then, I realized that I needed to shift from being a traditional teacher that did what was easy to an innovative educator that did what was BEST.
I began to look for meaningful ways to engage and empower my gifted learners and that's when I found Genius Hour. I spent 16 years serving my students and now I spend my time serving educators through telling my story and sharing my experience.
"Andi was the keynote at our conference at a time of uncertainty during the middle of the COVID pandemic. She instantly bonded with our audience of nervous, exhausted teachers and had them chiming into discussions and polls. They enjoyed her real-world applications and hands-on style and have been begging to have her back!" - Melissa Saphos, ESC Region 6
"Andi changed the way that I saw PD. She reignited my passion as a learner and therefore as a teacher. I consistently walk out of her PD feeling a renewed sense of purpose and hope for my classroom and the next generation of learners." - Megan Puckett, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
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- A Meaningful Mess: A Teacher's Guide to Student-Driven Classrooms, Authentic Learning, Student Empowerment, and Keeping It All Together Without Losing Your Mind
- Genius Hour: Passion Projects that Ignite Innovation and Student Inquiry
- Ready-to-Use Resources for Genius Hour in the Classroom: Taking Passion Projects to the Next Level
- Designing for Depth: A Framework for Purposeful Differentiation
Every week, I share practical ideas that can be implemented immediately as well as big ideas connected to both passion-based learning (Genius Hour) and gifted education. I'd love for you to listen, subscribe, and share!Listen Here