“There is a goldmine of hidden creativity in each one of these children, which can blossom into spiritual, emotional, creative and scientific growth. We need to build bridges between the inner world of the individual and the outer world of society, so that knowledge, thoughts and emotions can flow freely between them. To contribute to the accomplishment of this great goal continues to drive my life passionately.”
These words so eloquently written by the late gifted education visionary, Annemarie Roeper, resonate at the core of my beliefs about children and about education.
I am Sharon Collins and am the Executive Director of the school. I continue to be thrilled to be at Westgate supporting the students, families and staff in the wonderful mission and values of WCS. I am honored to work in an environment that truly “gets” what so many gifted children need – a place where they can express their inner worlds freely and confidently.
Before coming to Westgate in 2013, I was a gifted program coordinator for students ECC (Early Childhood Center) – 8th grade near Chicago. I continue to be inspired each and every day by the students I serve. I regularly present at local, state and national gifted conferences where I lead sessions highlighting the wit and wisdom of gifted seniors, Mindfulness and Executive Functioning and the innovative programming of Westgate Community School. In 2000, I earned an M.A. in Teaching and Learning from DePaul University where I graduated with Honors and my thesis was awarded Distinction. I was a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar in 2003 and traveled to Japan to study the K-12 school system with a focus on Yatsushiro City.