About Buist...
Subject / Grade 6th Grade
Room: C4
Phone: (480) 812-6146
Email: Buist
"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."
-- Ignacio Estrada

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Thank you for choosing to place your child at KGA. CUSD realizes that families have many choices for their children’s education. We created KGA to exceed the needs of your academically gifted learner. By using STEAM, the purpose of KGA is to provide a vigorous curriculum where students are challenged, experience success, learn to effectively struggle with interesting and accelerated topics across the curriculum, and develop the communication skills to learn and work in a changing world.

My Education and Professional Background

This is my 21st year as a professional educator, 14th with gifted learners, and 8th at Knox Gifted Academy. I've taught 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades at Galveston, Tarwater, and Ryan. I earned my BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan, a post-baccalaureate from Michigan State University, and an M Ed from Northern Arizona University. Plus, I am certified by the State of Arizona to teach gifted students.

My Educational Philosophy

KGA Team 6th Grade are guides who assist students in learning through vigorous explorations. We understand that our students are informed, innovative, intense, inquisitive, and inspiring. We strive to establish a global learning community that fosters and celebrates taking academic risks, maintain an environment that provides purposeful access to myriad tools and technologies to explore and expand ideas, and challenge our students to construct, evaluate, and communicate powerful connections be tween content areas and life. We consider ourselves partners with parents in our endeavors to provide students with experiences that challenge, reward, and build confidence that fuels them as lifelong learners.

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Last Modified on June 2, 2018