Meet your SENG Facilitators:
Penelope Heinigk, Ph.D.
I have been working in the field of Gifted and Talented Education for over 13 years as a GT classroom teacher, online course developer, adjunct professor at Adams State University, educational consultant and parent of a gifted child. I hold a doctorate degree from the University of Oregon; have presented at numerous local, state and national conferences on topics of giftedness; written several articles; and currently serves on the board for the Colorado Association of Educators for Gifted, Talented and Creative (CAEGTC). My personal interests include yoga, knitting, nutrition & natural living, enjoying the outdoors, reading and volunteering with my daughter at the Colorado House Rabbit Society.
The mind is explicitly connected to and influenced by the body and soul. The whole self must be nurtured in order for us to reach our potential and live a joyful, fulfilled life. I am passionate about nurturing the whole child as well as developing the strengths, talents, and well-being of students, parents, and educators alike.
I am a mother of three gifted children (including a twice-exceptional and a highly gifted child). Originally from Chile, I moved to Mexico in 2002 and then to the US in 2003 with my husband to attend graduate school. During that time, and with my first baby on a sling, I volunteered to support families, especially mothers of young children and international families. Later with a baby and a preschooler, I became co-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Cooperative Playschool in State College PA, while volunteering for La Leche League of State College as a peer support for mothers. In 2011, I became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and continued volunteering for non-profit organizations that support families and children, including The Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition and La Leche League of Mountain Plains.
Learning from my sons' passions, I have volunteered for the Audubon Society of Greater Denver and in the Littleton Promise After School Program. Volunteering brings us together; there is nothing better to catch the eyes of your own children than being totally immersed in their devotion to help others.
I have taught children and adults and attended numerous conferences on parenting and gifted children. I am a trained SENG Model Group Facilitator, as well as a psychology student.