For this month's Teacher Spotlight, we're pleased to introduce Deborah Saathoff, a GT teacher at Taylor Elementary School; Reyna Arndorfer, a Co-Lead GT teacher at Fowler Middle School; and Sarah Wiseman, who teaches GT Humanities at Liberty High School.
Hello! My name is Reyna Arndorfer, and I graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in English Literature and a minor in education. After teaching for several years, my gifted students inspired me to go back to school and earn an MS in Educational Psychology also from the University of North Texas. I am certified to teach English Language Arts for grades 6th through 12th, and I hold a GT endorsement for the same grade levels. This year marks my 9th year at Fowler Middle School, and my 16th year as a teacher of middle school GT students.
I think every teacher finds a “home” within our educational system. Some teachers find kinship with PreAP students; others discover a calling for special education. I fell in love with gifted education. My gifted students challenge me every day to be the best teacher that I can be, and I hope that I always have the privilege of working with these amazing students.
In addition to working with my students at Fowler, I also enjoy writing GT curriculum, providing professional development for my colleagues, mentoring teachers new to our department, and participating in various other GT department endeavors. This helps me grow professionally and give back to my colleagues as well as to my students.
Reyna Arndorfer is a co-lead GT teacher at Fowler Middle School.