Schmidt, Chris - (AIG - Gifted Education)

Welcome to AIG - Enrichment! 
Oakley and Bell Elementary Schools

I'm excited to be back at Oakley and Bell for the 2019 - 2020 school year.  This marks my 24th year of teaching, eleven as an AIG specialist.
My schedule is:
Bell Elementary - Mondays and Tuesdays and every other Wednesday
Oakley Elementary - Thursdays and Fridays and every other Wednesday

I am a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After 13 years of teaching elementary school in Wisconsin, Maryland, and NC,  I decided to pursue the gifted license program at Western Carolina University.  I have worked as a Gifted Education specialist at Fairview, Candler, and Emma Elementary before coming to Oakley and Bell. 
I enjoy the challenge that comes with teaching a diverse group of students, and each year I like to bring new ideas and projects to my students.  I feel comfortable learning right along side the kids as they always have a lot to teach me.  I stress to students that learning is a process and that we all have things to work on.  In our work it's not about "always being right" but rather, what did the process of learning teach us and are we better at solving problems? 
On a personal note, I live in north Asheville with my wife Sally, who teaches at Warren Wilson College, and my son Emery who is in 8th grade.  
In my spare time I enjoy playing baseball with my son, fly fishing, camping, playing tennis, cooking, and going out to see live music in Asheville.   
For class each week, students should bring their AIG folder, notebook, laptop, and a pencil.
I look forward to a great year!! 
Mr. Schmidt