Jaime Smith has been teaching English to children and adults since 1997, when she began teaching 5th and 6th grade Language Arts at The Harker School in San Jose after earning a B.A. in Linguistics from U.C. Berkeley. Since then, Jaime has earned an M.A. TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and an M.S. Education with an emphasis in online teaching and learning. She has taught for institutions such as San Jose State University, Cal State East Bay, Englishtown.com, and the Art Institute Online, and has trained teachers both locally and internationally. While attending a recent conference for California English teachers, Jaime gave a presentation on the use of social networking and web 2.0 technology in education, and she is thrilled to be able to apply those ideas and more to G3 courses. A lifelong learner, Jaime is now studying to earn a college counseling certificate at U.C. San Diego that will help her guide G3 students to their next educational adventure. Jaime is proud to be listed on the 2014 SENG Honor Roll of Outstanding Educators.
At OnlineG3.com, Jaime is known to her students as Headmistress Guinevere. She teaches language and literature classes at G3. She is also the President and CEO of Online G3, Inc.
Ben Smith has been hiding from all adult responsibility since 1999, when he joined Electronic Arts as a Customer Support Representative. Unfortunately, while lying low in Redwood City Ben stumbled into a real career, eventually spending 9 years guiding externally produced games to market within the EA Partners team. In 2014, Ben decided it was time to join Guinevere at OnlineG3, and after finishing up 2 years serving as a Director in EA’s Launch Readiness group (assisting the Crysis 3 and Battlefield 4 teams) he left the corporate world. All that video game stuff has, after all, been a real departure from Ben’s scholarly training at U.C, Berkeley, where he had earned a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology (Genetics emphasis) and a Minor in Education, while just narrowly missing a double major in History by a single course. After a 15-year hiatus from education, Ben is now combining his interests by introducing gamification to G3 courses while expanding history and science offerings.
At OnlineG3.com, Ben is known to his students as Headmaster Galahad. He teaches history, science, and business classes at G3. He is also the Vice President and COO of Online G3, Inc.
Tara Johnson has a passion for learning, and for facilitating learning for others. She has been involved with gifted education since she was a child, and has re-immersed herself throughout the educational journeys of her three children, who now range in age from mid-teens to early 30s. She has taught writing and editing at the college level, and has taught preschool as well. She worked in public relations and advertising, first for a major food company, and later for an advertising agency, as well as running a freelance business, writing for clients that ranged from non-profits to pet food companies. She has a BA in English from the University of Puget Sound and completed graduate work in Rhetoric/Composition at The Ohio State University.
At OnlineG3.com, Tara is known to the students as Iris, messenger of the gods. She joined G3 in 2015 to help facilitate communication and all the behind-the-scenes processes that are needed to run a vibrant, online learning community. She also teaches writing to students who take our optional supplements in literature and history.
Sarah Butler found her passion for writing during her undergraduate years at the University of Detroit, where she graduated with a B. A. in English while also tutoring in English, philosophy, math, biology, and chemistry. During her internships in the communications departments of local hospitals, she found she had a love for science and specifically medicine as well. She then earned her M.S. at the University of Detroit Mercy and was certified as a Physician Assistant. She’s been practicing in Family Practice ever since, albeit on a very part-time basis for the past decade. Parenting and homeschooling returned her to writing, and she started crafting essays about her experiences, sorting thoughts as she wrote. In 2012, she started coaching young, gifted writers as well as graduate students desiring to hone their skills. Today, she writes for pleasure and publication, learning from her students as she encourages their writing efforts. You can learn more about Sarah at her website. Sarah is thrilled to join Online G3 as a writing coach.
At OnlineG3.com, Sarah is known to her students as Coach Cordelia. She teaches writing classes and coaches individual writing students at G3.
Noel Jett was awarded a Ph.D. in Gifted and Talented Education in December 2018 from the University of North Texas, which houses one of the leading doctoral programs in gifted education and research in the nation. Noel was identified as a Davidson Young Scholar at the age of 8 and began taking classes at Online G3 as a member of the first G3 student cohort. She greatly enjoyed her time at G3 and went on to earn a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University, which she completed when she was 16. She was accepted into a Ph.D. program the next semester, and completed the degree in three and a half years. Noel also doubles as a professional musician and has spoken for various organizations, including the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented and the National Association for Gifted Children. Noel is currently a Master’s student at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, obtaining a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In her limited spare time, she enjoys collecting fine art, cooking, and exercising.
At OnlineG3.com, Noel is known to her students as Counselor Cat. She teaches psychology classes at G3.
Robyn Pottorff has worked as an educator, producer, writer, and arts administrator. Selected credits include Coordinating Producer (Billy Joel’s documentary “Last Play at Shea”), Field Producer (BBC America), Development / Production Coordinator (“Evolve” / The History Channel), Consultant (“This Is Jerry” – The Jerry Garcia Documentary), Writer / Production Manager (“Medical Revolution in Progress” / View Film), Producer (“Sniffing Out Cancer – A Groundbreaking Documentary”), Producer (Summer Play Festival and The New York Musical Theatre Festival). She ran the New Play Institute at the Playwrights Foundation in San Francisco and was the Associate Artistic Director at the California Musical Theatre/Sacramento Music Circus. As an instructor, she has taught numerous courses at The Art Institute and she’s tutored students from first grade through graduate school. She’s trained as a yoga instructor and dedicates a lot of her time to volunteer work and running her non-profit, Vibes 365, which connects kids to community activism. She holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MFA from Columbia University.
At OnlineG3.com, Robyn is known to her students as Titania, the wonderfully dynamic female character in her favorite Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Nights Dream.
Jamieson Ridenhour has been writing since he first read The Hobbit in the 5th grade, back when Led Zeppelin was still together. He’s written (and sometimes published) novels, songs, short stories, plays, poetry, essays, reviews, interviews, films, and literary criticism. Along the way, he got a PhD in Victorian literature and spent 17 years teaching literature and creative writing at the university level. When he was 11 or 12, his mom would sit up late with him on Friday nights to watch the double-feature horror movies on late-night TV. He primarily writes fantasy and horror fiction as a result (okay, you twisted his arm: you can see some of that writing at www.jamiesonridenhour.com). And even though he plays guitar with his son’s band, he probably won’t make you listen. Probably. Jamie is very excited to offer fiction and poetry writing classes for Online G3.
At OnlineG3.com, Jamieson is known to his students as Count Karloff. He teaches literature and writing classes at G3.
Shaun Strohmer holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Michigan and has taught literature and composition at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Normandale Community College, Edina, Minnesota. Shaun worked for 20 years as a researcher, writer, editorial consultant, and project manager for the award-winning series Literature Criticism and For Students, published by Gale. As a freelance writer, she has also written tweets for technology firms, user manuals for a Fortune 15 company, newspaper articles, academic research essays, blog posts, and individualized curriculum, among other things. Shaun has homeschooled her gifted children for ten years and has served on the boards of several local and statewide homeschooling and gifted parenting organizations. She loves talking about the history of ideas and the way we make words mean something.
At OnlineG3.com, Shaun is known to her students as Dame Dashwood. She teaches advanced literature and writing at G3.
Who is Guinevere?
The idea of Guinevere’s Gifted Group was born in 2008, when Jaime Smith began teaching a writing class for her daughter’s homeschool co-op. She chose to use a little-known program from Prufrock Press called King Arthur’s Academy. The children quickly took to the fanciful plots and imagined themselves as students in a magical boarding school, with Headmistress Guinevere as their instructor. The live co-op then evolved into an online literature group, and now into Online G3.
G3 classes have all been absolutely AMAZING for my student, who’s been taking them since the beginning! The online community helps make learning fun and interactive. Headmistress Guinevere and her students are all so smart that class discussions are always on a high plane. Thank you, G3!
As a homeschool mom with 2 teenage boys, we've worked through a lot of courses, curriculum, and online classes, and Online G3 is the best we've found. Teaching online takes a special skill set to make the classes meaningful and Online G3 has figured out exactly how to do this along with the added benefit of students finding peers who inspire them to be their best.
Anyone who has ever asked the ‘what about socializing with other kids?’ question that homeschoolers always get, has never seen the interaction with the OnlineG3 students, both in the classes and in the forums.
I just wanted to pass on to you how pleased I have been with the quality of O's classes this past year. As you know, O has completed 4 classes over the past 12 months at Online G3. He has always been homeschooled, this past year was the first time that he has ever taken classes taught by someone other than a parent. On more than one occasion, O told me that his favorite part of his day was either working on an assignment for class, or participating in an OnlineG3 class.
I have two children who have taken an assortment of G3 courses over the years. Both kids started out rather shy and reserved and found their voices in the live classroom where instructors facilitate respectful communication. I want parents who might be considering Online G3 courses to know that there is something magical and unique going on here.
I have been a homeschool Mom for more than ten years and my four children have taken classes offered by a number of other vendors. The quality of the instruction, the careful selection of readings and online resources, and the expert classroom management offered by G3 all stand out to me.
Peer relationships can develop in the classroom and outside it via the moderated private forum available to every G3 student. Subscriptions to Brainpop and Discovery Education are provided as well. Most of all though, my kids have fun learning with G3 and look forward to weekly class meetings.
Every activity is designed to promote understanding of course materials; there is no “busy work”. Creating a historical magazine cover and writing a sonnet about cats are examples of activities my daughter has enjoyed this term. Headmistress Guinevere, Headmaster Galahad, and their entire staff are devoted to making learning both fun and meaningful.