The 2019-20 school year is the eighth year I will be teaching in the gifted education classroom; it is my fourth year in Madison County. Overall, I have been teaching over twenty years.
I have been married to Wilson Risinger for twenty-seven years and we have three children. All are in college and all are gifted. One is twice-exceptional with Asperger's; this has definitely positively affected my understanding and commitment to gifted education. I received my undergraduate degree in education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1991. I have since earned my National Boards (Exceptional Education with an emphasis in gifted) and my Master of Education (emphasis in gifted) from William Carey University.
Our gifted education program is designed on the six outcomes we teach. These are as follows: thinking skills, creativity skills, communication skills, affective skills, success skills and information literacy skills. The content through which these skills are taught and developed is at the teacher's discretion. In my classroom, we will study Walter Anderson, pointillism, sculpture, bubbles, robotics, chess, Fibonacci numbers and many more topics and concepts to hone our outcome skills. Once a month, we have Design Lab Challenges and Building Challenges.
My job is to meet the intellectual and affective needs of your gifted child. These are specific and special needs, and they vary tremendously from learner to learner. I look forward to getting to know your child and investing in his/her learning and personal development.
Please know I am available at all times to discuss your child's progress and needs with you. I am honored to be able to teach each one of these youg people. Gifted education is my passion and my niche!
Thank you for your partnership as we delve into your child's education!