Hello, my name is Lydia Bourn. I am an Ole Miss graduate with a degree in elementary education (K-8) with additional certifications in reading and gifted. I have experience teaching first, fourth, and sixth grades in the regular classroom. However, ever since being in a gifted program as a child, I have had an interest in teaching gifted children. I finally had the opportunity to do that eleven years ago when I found my home teaching "PAthways" here at Madison Crossing.
I'm married to Stefan Bourn, and we have one daughter, Jessica, who is a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi. Our nest is not completely empty, however, since we share it with one cocker spaniel and two cats. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, snorkeling, gardening, eating out, and reading. My most recent trip was to Greece where my husband and I climbed the Acropolis in Athens, walked among the ruins of Akrotiri on the island of Santorini, and relaxed on the beautiful beaches of Naxos.
In additions to traveling, I also attended professional development this summer where I was introduced to Mississippi's new "Outcomes for Intellectually Gifted Education Programs." You can check out the updates for yourself on the Mississippi Department of Education website or just click the link on my page.
The intellectually gifted program in Madison County is more than just enrichment. The philosophy of the program states, "We believe that effective instruction for intellectually gifted students is created in an environment that not only permits learners to interact with their intellectual peers, but also nurtures self-directed learning, flexibility, decision making, thinking skills, and divergent thinking. This environment nurtures both the cognitive (thinking) and affective (social and emotional) needs of the intellectually gifted learners and encourages them to become life-long, imaginative, autonomous learners."
Gifted students have special needs which are met through differentiated learning experiences that emphasize the process of learning in addition to advanced content, as well as the exploration of ideas through creative problem solving and logical thinking. I look forward to challenging my students this year through exploration, discovery, problem-solving and by encouraging them to grow in their understanding of themselves and others. Thank you for letting me be a part of your child's school experience.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited, while imagination encompasses the universe." --Albert Einstein