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Anke Geiken, Director
My name is Anke Geiken. I live in Half Moon Bay with my husband and two sons. My older son went through a program similar to Eckstein in third and fourth grade. He was diagnosed as being “twice exceptional”. This term is being used when a person is intellectually gifted but also has a learning disability. Being gifted and having ADHD and dyslexia made school confusing and very challenging. It was painful and frustrating to see my son struggle in school and daily life despite how smart he was. It did not make sense for such a bright child have such a hard time in school. He was two years behind in reading when he first started the program. After finishing the program he was a year ahead. He now goes to high school and is a successful student. It has been a long journey that taught me a lot as a mother and an educator. Finding the help and support he needed, getting the proper diagnosis and learning to advocate for him, is an ongoing process. I have gained a wealth of knowledge on this journey and want to share my knowledge with other parents in similar situations.
I was born in Germany where I got my degree in Physical Education, German, and English as a foreign language at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt. I also hold a Montessori Teaching Credential. I worked as a Montessori teacher in Marin County for ten years. Additionally, I worked with an occupational therapist helping children with gross motor and sensory integration deficits. I am trained in the Orton Gillingham Reading Approach and learned to teach math with the Making Math Real method and Montessori Math Program, both structured multi-sensory learning methods. I am a certified Pace provider, a processing and cognitive skills enhancecment program. For the past nine years, I have been working as a Movement teacher at the local public elementary school in Half Moon Bay. In my free time, I enjoy doing yoga, swimming, biking, hiking and dancing.
I have become not only an advocate for my son, his “special needs”, and his individual learning path, but have made it my passion to become a specialist myself in the area of learning differences. My goal is to help children and their families find ways to succeed in school and life. In my opinion, processing and cognitive skills enhancement is the most holistic approach and the only one that actually looks at the root causes of learning challenges and helps children overcome them.