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Testimonials

Everything on this page was either volunteered, or taken from an unprompted email or text sent by parents and students. Any edits I’ve made only increase readability (e.g. punctuation or grammar fixes).

G.T.ed Activities

From a voicemail - Actually it’s [gifted student]. I’m calling because I wanted to tell you thank you. I’ve been working on geometry, and everything you taught us in the Heart of Algebra course has been showing up a lot, and everything you covered has been really useful and helpful, and I’ve been using it a lot. So thank you.

Your classes are fantastic - so many places have classes that only teach what my G&T student has already learned everything about, but your classes are so much deeper and more fascinating - I wish I could take them!

I think it’s critically important that she be involved in social activities with other gifted / highly gifted kids, and your classes are an important part of that for us.

Your classes are fantastic… your classes are so much deeper and more fascinating than most classes I’ve signed my G&T child up for

I wish I could take your classes! -A Parent

[My gifted son] is interested in the student teachings class. Truly, he's been asking to teach other kids for quite some time now, so this opportunity (Student Teachings) is a wonderful fit.

Thank you for offering student teachings and listening to our ideas ([other G&T student] and me). I can tell you are really interested in our ideas and thoughts and I love that. I am excited to do student teachings!

I haven’t met many people like you. It’s clear that you care so much about helping gifted students, and are so passionate about helping them as much as you can. I can tell that helping is your priority, and it’s really commendable.

He’s such a unique kid to people who don’t know or work with kids like this, so it’s great to know that you get it.

So many teachers or tutors have been frustrated or exasperated trying to work with my son, so it’s a breath of fresh air to see my son enjoy it so much, and to hear that you enjoy it too!

You are an invaluable mentor and teacher for [my gifted son]

Without you I don’t think [my gifted son] would have a chance to use his giftedness

I appreciate how seriously you take this process. It's been difficult to find a good math fit for [my gifted son] these past few years and that makes me even more appreciative that you take the time to talk with parents and meet students to get a sense of fit and history.

Thank you for the time you spent with me and [my gifted son] today. He talked a LOT when the two of you met! He was excited after your meeting and excited about the prospect of being able to work with you. I appreciated your patience with him and how you were able to engage him in conversation.

I just want to say a big thank you! [my gifted son] has probably never had a conversation like that with a teacher or another adult it would seem. He came to me in the kitchen and said “wow that was fun!” He went from feeling completely defeated about 30 minutes ago to smiling and acting his normal happy self. You know we are signing up ASAP.

You’ve been like a savior for {my gifted son]. Seriously. Before he met you it was like he had lost all interest in learning and only wanted to spend his time playing video games. Now I see him researching chemistry things even outside of your sessions and it’s so great to see that spark come back after all this time.

My son enjoyed the class and is looking forward to next week. He said it was interesting and he especially liked seeing the phonetic symbols- he's never seen them all in one place before. Just before the class, he'd hit a couple stumbling blocks, so this is extremely positive coming from him.

My daughter loved the class! Looking forward to next week. Thanks Matt!

I recognize how ineffably valuable your expert instruction has been during this school year, and we want to once again express our gratitude for all your efforts and the energy you invested into this endeavor.

Matthew is one of the few teachers who keeps my son's attention through the entire lesson. He creates a learning dynamic that has fueled my son's interests in so many different ways! I love that he is full of obscure knowledge that ties into what he is teaching about, also. It really keeps my son engaged in learning!

My son loves having Matt teach him because he knows he will always learn something new. There's no pretending to know what you're doing, either - Matt is thorough in his expectations for student comprehension and carefully monitors student skills for demonstrated mastery. I couldn't be happier!

Matthew has been an amazing tutor and mentor to my son over the years. His enthusiasm for teaching has fueled my son's desire to learn!

Most teachers would teach the Chemistry [to my gifted son]. You’re doing not only that but you’re helping him gain the skills that are so important for him to succeed not only here academically, but beyond in college and even in life. We really appreciate you and everything you do and we understand how very important it is.

G.T.ed Tutoring

From a voicemail - Actually it’s [gifted student]. I’m calling because I wanted to tell you thank you. I’ve been working on geometry, and everything you taught us in the Heart of Algebra course has been showing up a lot, and everything you covered has been really useful and helpful, and I’ve been using it a lot. So thank you.

Thank you for all of your support. [My gifted son] has been happier this first week of G.T.ed than I have seen him in years.

Your classes are fantastic - so many places have classes that only teach what my G&T student has already learned everything about, but your classes are so much deeper and more fascinating - I wish I could take them!

I was so excited to find your program because we’ve been looking for some way for [my gifted son] to have socialization with gifted peers, and he loves it. He was glowing after the Youth Education Council meeting.

I would highly recommend this program! My son has flourished within this program.

We have nothing scheduled [for my gifted daughter] except G.T.ed. The kids really appreciate you!

Thank you for all you do for my son and the gifted community. We appreciate you.

Thank you for doing these Puzzle Hunts, Matt. [my gifted daughter] enjoys them SO much!

Student teachings was a great idea. Such an important skill. Thanks for giving [My gifted child] the opportunity. He seemed to be enjoying the other presenters as well.

I think it’s critically important that she be involved in social activities with other gifted / highly gifted kids, and your classes are an important part of that for us.

I was so excited to find your program because we’ve been looking for ways to socialize [My G&T child] with others like him for years.

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