Guided by the belief that curiosity and intrinsic motivation drive student learning, Jeanne WallaceWeaver is a passionate educator with a robust skill set in curriculum development, creativity cultivation, and strategic collaboration. A graduate of Wake Forest University, Jeanne applies her liberal arts foundation to her professional endeavors.
Her interest in languages and her desire to serve brought Jeanne to innercity Houston where she completed her English Language Learner (ELL) and Spanish Bilingual credentials at Stephen F. Austin State University and taught for eight years. In 2000, she and her partner, Brad, followed a dream to teach overseas. They lived and worked in Gabon, Africa for three inspiring years, bringing a small international school into the "digital age" while infusing the curriculum with servicelearning and authentic instruction.
A mother of two, Jeanne tapped into her young children's zeal for language exploration, and created the Cantamos program, incorporating puppets, song, and visual integration to provide Spanish instruction for young children and their parents. She employed her skills and curriculum through parttime and fulltime Spanish positions at Stoneridge Montessori and Shore Country Day School in Beverly, MA and later worked with the World Languages team at Sonoma Country Day School.
Alongside her teaching endeavors, Jeanne has consulted on writing and curriculum projects for National Geographic Education (NGE) and other media companies. Creating books to integrate science and social studies with mathematics and language arts, she authored a wide variety of nonfiction titles such as The Everglades and Symbols of Freedom. She led NGE curriculum projects including Flying Monsters and The Wildest Dream.
In 2016, Jeanne will complete her MA in Curriculum and Teaching at Sonoma State University. Her recent work investigates an optimal learning environment for teaching creativity and imagination. Using a Leadership+Design approach, Jeanne collaborated with first grade teachers to create the innovative Idea Lab at Sonoma Country Day School. Jeanne contends, "Imagination and curiosity are the key components of Spanish language learning in elementary education."