gifted education, language arts, creative writing, and problem solving
years experience in teaching, grades K—8
v Instructor for Johns Hopkins University
Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Young Students Richmond Humanities Program, 1993-94
for Mary Baldwin College Master of Arts in Teaching: EDU 605 Integrated Approach to Language Arts, 1999—2003
v State Director
of North Carolina Future Problem Solving Program
v Co-author of the curriculum Getorix's World, relating to the novel: Getorix:
The Eagle and The Bull, Celtic adventure in ancient Rome, by Judith Geary and to the Roman Republic.
v Author of Blueprint for Novel Study
Sandra Horton loves the challenge of learning. She thinks that students need to have experiences that take them beyond memorization to the application of what
they have learned. These activities challenge students to apply what they have learned in dealing with the complex issues
that surround them in today’s world. They are asked to think and to make decisions.
To her, learning needs to be real and authentic, and students need to know that what they learn has meaning and importance
in their lives.
Sandra’s background includes a Bachelor of Science in Education with endorsements in Early Education NK-4; Elementary
Education 4-7; Middle Education 4-8; and Gifted Education.
Her training and experience include gifted
education, language arts, literature, creative writing, law-related education, creative problem-solving, and technology.
K. Horton is a distinguished member of the field of gifted education. Her encouragement and respect for her students combine
with innovative instructional strategies to create a challenging environment in which students achieve. Sandy is a mentor for her colleagues and an inspiration to the gifted education community
as a whole.”
--excerpts from letters of recommendation for Virginia Association for the Gifted "Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted Award 2002"