About Mrs. Jeannette G. Vanderah...
Position: Gifted Programs
Hi, I am thrilled to continue my journey on the Dream Team at Jacobson Elementary. This is my second year in gifted programs here at Jacobson. I have been coordinator of K-8 programs specializing in gifted education, project based learning, and critical thinking development. Working with teachers & kids is my passion and I get inspired knowing that each learner has a different brain which means they all think and learn differently. It is my job as to motivate and inspire each brain to reach full academic and social potential.
My Education and Professional Background
I am a University of Arizona graduate where I was a collegiate gymnast and earned a B.S. in Education and a minor in Biological Sciences. I am a proud WILDCAT. I went on to earn my Master's degree in Education Administration and Leadership at the University of New Mexico. I began my career teaching self-contained 5th grade gifted in Camp Lejuene, North Carolina. Through the years I have been a lead teacher in K-8 gifted education as well as in regular education settings. I continue to have fabulous opportunities and experiences in gifted classrooms working with teachers and gifted and twice exceptional children. I believe every level of education is a special journey.
My Educational Philosophy
My educational motto is Always Be Positive & Productive . I believe that every child is gifted in his/her own specialty area. All students have strengths and all students have an area in which they must try harder to succeed at. It is important to build rapport with each child in order to plan his/her successful journey in my classroom. When I am not working passionately in the classroom, I am with family. I have a wonderful husband and three growing boys that I have so much fun raising. I attend all their sporting events. Like you, I am a parent too and love every learning moment. I am a sports enthusiast. I hike, run trails, rollerblade,workout, and love the outdoors. I love watching football with my family every Sunday!