Growing up, no one ever called me “gifted.” I was, however, often referred to as “smart,” which I took as a great compliment. In grade school, I knew everyone, and everyone knew me. Although the term “gifted” wasn’t used, everyone accepted me as “smart” and treated me just like everyone else was treated. I really felt like I belonged. By the time I began junior high, … [Read more...] about Discovering and Connecting
Dr. Kirsten L. Stein
Dr. Kirsten L. Stein has been involved in education for three decades. She graduated with a BS in education and taught elementary school in the public school system. During her time as a classroom teacher, she spearheaded the district’s involvement in inclusion practices and the use of paraprofessionals in the classroom. She continued her own education and earned her MA in education with a focus on team building. Kirsten continued to be involved in the field of education while homeschooling her profoundly gifted children. She applied her background as an educator and formed Athena’s Advanced Academy to broaden the scope of learning for gifted children. This passion was her doctoral focus in earning her EdD in educational leadership. Kirsten strives to create a supportive community of parents and learners through her role as CEO and Instructor at Athena’s Advanced Academy.