Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University Master's in Gifted Education from the University of Alabama projected 2022
Mrs. Jessica Schmauch
"Without effort, your talent is nothing but unmet potential. Without effort, your skill is nothing more than what you could have done, but didn't.
With effort, talent becomes skill and, at the very same time, effort makes skill productive."
Born in San Francisco, I was raised in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in Auburn, California. After graduating with a BS in Elementary Education and a minor in music, I taught 1st grade for three years at St. Hope Elementary PS7 in Sacramento before moving to Madison in 2007. I still love California, but Madison has been the dream we didn't know we had. My husband and I have two boys, both proud alumni of Horizon Elementary. I ran a small preschool for 9 years before switching to Gifted Education here at Horizon Elementary in 2020.
I love to learn and have many interests, but my first loves are my family and helping young minds reach for their potential. I subscribe to Joseph Renzulli's theory that giftedness is a behavior, not an attribute. I also believe that parents are their child's first teacher and best advocate, and that we best serve our children as partners in education.
We're going to have a wonderful year together, it's great to be a Horizon Eagle!
Alabama Association for Gifted Children
A great resource for those seeking to learn more about giftedness here in Alabama, including a monthly webinar series for parents.
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Renzulli's Three Rings of Giftedness
Learn about Renzulli's three ring conception of giftedness and what it means for students. Through extensive reasearch, Renzulli views giftedness as a behavior, rather than an attribute, and has changed how we identify and serve Gifted students.