MEET THE FOUNDER

BROOKE BAUER

I am Brooke Bauer, the founder of CraniaLogix. I am passionate about teaching kids to think critically and creatively in innovative ways. Who says learning can't be fun?

My story begins as a student in the North Texas area, specifically Plano. My family moved to Plano when I began 2nd grade. I finished high school in Plano and, after college, came back to Plano to teach elementary school. Right away, I was drawn to the gifted and talented population.

As a PACE teacher, I had the privilege of teaching all identified gifted children in an elementary school in a pull-out program. They came to me, by grade level, for a few hours a week where they received rigorous and creative differentiated instruction through project based learning. This type of learning is vastly different from the general education class, which is mostly skill driven and leaves little room for experimentation and risk-taking.

On top of the prescribed PACE curriculum, we, as PACE teachers spent a lot of time on activities that teach different types of thinking… creative, logical, critical, analytical, etc. As I had time, I would share some of these activities with all students in the regular classroom.

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MEET OUR TEAM

Mary Neva Hitt

Mary Neva Hitt

Hi Everyone! I’ve been married for 48 years to a wonderful, very patient man. We have three amazing children. My daughter and 17 yr. old grandson live in Plano. One son and his family, including two beautiful granddaughters, live in Seattle, Washington....

Stephanie Ong

Stephanie Ong

After graduating with an Elementary Education degree from the University of Texas at Austin, I moved back to my hometown of Plano to teach 4th grade. Three years later, I returned to UT (Hook ’em!) to get my Master’s Degree in Counseling. The trai...

Bibs Toney

Bibs Toney

I began my teaching career in Germany and then spent another year in Massachusetts. I then took a hiatus to raise children, and when we moved to Plano, Texas I found the “calling” once more. I taught First Grade in Plano for 35 years and no two years ...

Kay O’Brien

Kay O’Brien

I have been married to my husband, Bob, for 16 years. In our blended family, we have 8 adult children and 13 grandchildren. My husband and I enjoy gardening together and volunteering at the Farmers Branch Rose Gardens. I work as a Dallas County Master Gar...

Laura Young

Laura Young

I grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio and studied Early Childhood Education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Shortly after graduating, I moved to north Texas and began teaching in Plano. I taught third grade in Plano for seven years. While teaching, I ...

Hannah Shorey

Hannah Shorey

I live in Plano with my husband, Hank. My two children graduated from Plano schools, and I have 8 grandchildren who attend schools in Plano and Allen. I am a retired Gifted and Talented teacher and taught for 26 years in Plano. I enjoy attending my grandc...

Laurie Vilmur – Project Manager

Laurie Vilmur – Project Manager

I grew up in Southern California educated through the Catholic and Jesuit school systems. I learned the value of small classes and interactive learning through a partnership with the teachers. I took this learning and worked in a variety of human resource...

Joseph Guzman

Joseph Guzman

My philosophy on teaching is one that seeks to empower my students to learn and grow. I believe that education is a life-long journey and does not end at the classroom or with academia. Creativity is so crucial to the development of the mind, and especial...

Anna Deats

Anna Deats

From a young age in the beautiful state of Texas, I knew I wanted to teach children and that learning could be meaningful and fun. I began my teaching career in high school where I was given the opportunity to assist teachers in art and reading at the ele...

Margaret Morrison

Margaret Morrison

I have loved teaching since I was a child who instructed her dolls, neighborhood kids, and any slightly interested adults!  Not until I became schooled in gifted education coursework did I realize my true passion.  I loved my G/T job, my district, my co...

Chastity Jeff

Chastity Jeff

Chastity Jeff currently serves as an Education Consultant for the Texas Center for Educator Excellence (TxCEE). Prior to joining the TxCEE team, Chastity served as a Building Administrator in school districts in Texas and Missouri. Chastity began her care...

Suzanne Bacot

Suzanne Bacot

My journey into this exciting field of education began in 1970. I was born and raised in Southern California, and after graduation from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles  my teaching career began in Santa Monica Unified School District.  The 197...

Kathy Gonzales

Kathy Gonzales

I suppose I wanted to become a teacher even before I recognized it. I was the oldest of 4 children and I loved everything about school. Many days, I came home from kindergarten, lined my brothers up on the back stairs, and taught them what I had learned. ...

Linda Gettys

Linda Gettys

After graduating from San Diego State, I moved to Texas where I began teaching in the Richardson ISD. After having a family, I was a stay at home mom for a number of years and then returned to teaching until retiring after 25 years in the same district at...

Christina Drueckhammer

Christina Drueckhammer

Having five children of my own, I have a very personal understanding of the impact that learning can have on kids from an early age.   I was born and raised in Texas, and went through the Garland public school system before attending the University of No...

Joyce Paul

Joyce Paul

I have worked over 18  years formally as an elementary educator, and worked many more years before college as a babysitter and swim instructor.  To say the least, working with children and teaching is my passion. I proudly am a native Texan, and was rai...

Why CraniaLogix?

What could be better than to have a no hassle, quality, after school program in a safe, convenient place that you already know… your child’s school!

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