Hi! Mrs. G here.
So, you want to know a little about me?
My incredible husband and I have been homeschooling our nine children, for over twenty years! We’ve tried many curricula for many types of students. One is all auditory while another is 110% kinetic. Their variety certainly broadens our spectrum.
I graduated from The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a B.S. in Architecture in the 1990s. For two and half years, I pursued a Master’s of Theological Studies with a concentration in Liturgical Architecture. Competitive in the academic and professional architectural settings, I entered quite a few architectural competitions. I tied for first place in a Vet Hospital Design Competition. :)! After graduating from college, I worked in two major architecture firms and as a freelance designer. I began teaching architecture to high school and homeschool students in 2009 when I created the company Building Brilliant Minds Online. Since then, my business has grown to include the many areas of “The Arts” in which I have excelled. I have been teaching architecture, art, photography,theater, piano, writing and dance to students from around the world for over ten years. “Architecture” continues to hold my heart because designing space is a huge aspect of each of the “Arts” and the learning and experiential possibilities are endless! Giving students the opportunity to explore the world of “architecture” from the foundation up is a gift that “Builds Brilliant Minds”.
So why create courses in the Arts”?
My response to the gifts God has given me over the years!
It is just what I was created to do.
Other Experience in the Arts
Entrenched in the field of photography during my late high school and early college days, I earned money for books and entertainment taking photos and developing negatives. I miss my darkroom days!
Music has always been on my schedule. Piano is my favorite, yet from the age of 12, I played the organ for our church weekly until after I graduated from college. In my search as to how to teach my children to play, I learned about Simply Music! Hands down.. best “learn to play piano” method EVER! I have never been so exited to teach music. It is all play based (not reading based) and WOW.. the results…. AMAZING!
As a registered teacher for the Institute of Excellence in Writing, I have been blessed to help even the most reluctant writing students thrive. So rewarding for all!
From the time I was four until I graduated high school, I was devoted to dance.. For seven years, I danced in a ballet/jazz dance company, on a scholarship. We used to perform every Friday in the schools. I developed a reputation for “dancing and musical architecture” because of the directions I took with college architectural design challenges.
It wasn’t until after high school that I stepped into the theatrical world. I’ve been working with and directing children’s musicals since 1990. In the past ten years, I have directed homeschooled kids in musicals including: “The Enchanted Journey”, “Willy Wonka”, the “Wizard of Oz”, “Annie Jr”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat” and “The Story of the Nutcracker”. Working with this troupe has been a dream come true! . Watching them grow has been a huge blessing!
Blessed with personal experience with Architecture, Art, Design, Theater, Music, Dance, Photography, and Writing, I have used my experience to teach my children and many students from around the world many mediums of “The Arts”. Bringing it all together for students and providing them some of the tools which they will need for any of the design fields is one of my greatest joys. Supporting the method and concepts of Project based Learning is a natural extension of my education and my teaching experience.
Most importantly, I thrive on using my artistic talents to bring Glory to Our Father in Heaven and teaching others how to do so as well.
To HIM be the Glory!
Current Professional Memberships held by Mrs. G.:
Registered Teacher for the Institute of Excellence in Writing
Licensed Simply Music Piano teacher
National Art Honor Society Chapter Sponsor
The National Art Education Association
Special Needs in Art Education (SNAE)
AAFT – American Association of French Teachers
Junior French Honor Society Chapter Sponsor
The Ohio State University Alumni Society
The Design Issues Group