Linda Fullhart, M.Ed.
ASPIRE Academy 5th Grade
Conference: 10:50 - 11:40
I graduated from The University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education back in the 1970s. I completed my Master's of Elementary Education degree with a specialization in Gifted Education from University of North Texas in the 1990s. I have completed over 18 hours of master's classes concerning working with the gifted. I continue to attend seminars - locally, state-wide, and nationally to increase my knowledge of working with gifted learners.
GCISD is my teaching home. I have taught 3rd grade and 4th grade at Dove, GT LEAD at Timberline, Grapevine, Cannon, Silver Lake, Dove, Colleyville, Bransford and Glenhope, and now 5th grade in the ASPIRE Academy at Glenhope. This year marks my 28th year in GCISD.
Giving students the tools they need to become a life-learner is how I view my job as a teacher. The tools that I feel students need are the ones that will make them better thinkers and decision makers; ones that help them to respectfully challenge others' ideas; to learn to be able to justify their own thinking and opinions, and to be true collaborators. The thinking tools we use in the ASPIRE Academy classes include: higher-order thinking skills, Depth and Complexity Icons, the Content Imperatives, Intellectual Traits, deBono's Six Thinking Hats, Thinking Maps, FFOE, Socratic questioning, and metacognition. I also want my students to see that they are capable of professional student products. I want the students to not only be consumers of the world wide web, but to also be producers of knowledge to share globally with their peers. Ultimately, I want to make learning fun and engaging, but I also push my students to experience the exhilaration of challenge.
After growing up in Iowa and spending several years traveling around the country with my husband, who was then a US Naval Aviator, we settled in Grapevine where we have now lived for 28 years. We have two grown daughters. The oldest lives in New York City and the younger lives in Grapevine. In January 2016 we became grandparents when my younger daughter had twin boys. We have had tons of fun being Nana and Poppy to these cuties - and spend many days over summer break babysitting.
When I am not teaching, you can usually find me reading, working/collaborating on my computer, baking, traveling, or following my passion - theatre. I am one of the many volunteers at Grapevine's Runway Theatre. I have worked behind the scenes as a member of Runway Theatre's Board of Trustees, an assistant director, stage manager, committee chair, and general volunteer. "The arts" runs through the blood in my family. My husband and daughters have also been involved in many aspects of music, theatre, and dance. They also have spent many long hours volunteering with me at Runway Theatre. In 2009 I was honored when Runway Theatre awarded me as their Volunteer of the Year and in August 2015 I was honored to be inducted into Runway Theatre's Hall of Fame. Come to a show and experience the awesomeness of live theatre!
I believe in the power of stories. My students can probably best tell you about many of my experiences as an elementary school student. The time I decided to skip school in 3rd grade (and had to stay after for 30 minutes a day for 12 days to pay back the time I missed) to the time I had a wardrobe malfunction one cold winter day in Iowa (before girls were allowed to wear pants at school), to my first starring role in a school play, to my love of reading - especially Little Women (until the Harry Potter series arrived), to the Christmas ornament I made in my 6th grade art class that still hangs on my tree today. I look forward to adding new chapters to the stories of my life with my time here at the Swamp. As I said, I believe in the power of stories and personal connections - feel free to drop by sometime and we can swap stories.