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Ginger Lewman

ESSDACK
Author, Keynoter, Consultant
Hutchinson, KS
Ginger is a national consultant & keynote speaker with ESSDACK, a non-profit education service center. She inspires and helps all levels of educators figure out the ins and outs of Project/Problem/Passion Based Learning, technology integration, and working with gifted and high-ability learners. She’s passionate about helping educators rethink and revision what teaching and learning can be in today’s world.

Graduating from Emporia State University in 1994 with a BSE in Social Science, Ginger promptly began teaching the day school at a residential boys’ home for The Farm, Inc. where she quickly discovered differentiated instruction and how to engage students well beyond her formal pre-service teaching instruction. She taught all core subjects to 11 troubled boys at a time, ages 11-18, at the home’s two dining room tables, using previously-discarded 20 year old text books.

In 2004, Ginger earned her Master’s degree in Psychology and Special Education with an emphasis in Gifted Education and began working as the Gifted Services Coordinator at Emporia Middle School and also serving as NCA Steering Committee Chair.  She served on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Association for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative for seven years as a Region Representative, State and Federal Legislative Liaison, a Conference Chair, and the Kansas Education Liaison, and has been a member of the National Association for Gifted Children, working at both the state and federal levels, advocating for the needs of gifted children in Kansas.  For four years, she served as the co-chair of the Professional Learning Committee for the Kansas Learning First Alliance (KLFA), and is currently on the Board of Directors for Advocates for High-Ability Learners (AHA Learners), am a member of the Kansas Council for the Social Studies, and am a Google Certified Innovator.  I also have a wonderfully understanding husband, Eric, of over 24 years who helps make this crazy life possible.