Gifted Program Faculty
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This will be my 17th year teaching and my 9th teaching gifted. I have a Bachelor’s in Chemistry and a Master’s in education. I am certified to teach 6-12 Chemistry, Biology and gifted. I enjoy the challenge of coming up with innovative ways to bring my love of science to my students. Gifted students offer the unique challenge of pushing me to be a better teacher as they do not settle for the status quo. I want to inspire my students to become our next generation of scientists and engineers.
Ms. Kathleen Cook
8th - Gifted U.S. History
6th - Gifted World History
My favorite part of being a gifted teacher is the opportunity to add depth to the social studies standards and challenge my students to grow as students and young historians. I earned a BA in Social Science Education at the Florida State University and I began my teaching career in South Florida. This is my 2nd year teaching gifted at Fort Clarke. I knew I wanted to be an educator when I had a wonderful high school teacher who fostered my curiosity and love of learning.
7th - Gifted Civics
I am a military brat, mainly grew up in the Midwest and then moved to Gainesville in the 1980s. I earned a BA in Political Science with minors in English and Statistics. I began substituting in Camden County, Georgia and after trying many other career fields, I found my true passion teaching middle school students. Attending Armstrong Atlantic University at night to earn my teacher certification, I began teaching during the day. I continued my teaching career in Chesapeake, Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland, earning my national certification via the Praxis in Gifted Education and Political Science. This is my 12th year at the Fort, during which time I earned my Master’s in Special Education, focusing on students who are gifted with multi exceptionalities. I hope my students leave my classroom as responsible citizens with a strong efficacy for political engagement.
In 1994, after four years building an environmental education program at Camp Crystal Lake, I started teaching Science at Fort Clarke. I have taught all grade levels, but mainly sixth and eighth. In 2007, my colleagues and administration finally succeeded in convincing me to teach gifted students. So far, the rewards have helped me to overcome the challenges. My formal educational sojourn included extensive studies in Science, Fine Arts, and History before settling on a BA in English with a specialty in technical writing and editing. My informal studies have included work in building construction, restaurants, housekeeping, science journal research and editing, and concert production as well as travels across the U.S. and Europe. I later found my place in teaching. Nothing else I have done has been as challenging or as rewarding.