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– “I thoroughly enjoyed your presentations—We have put you on the (presenter) list for the Houston Area Cooperative on the Gifted and Talented — It is wonderful to find passionate individuals to present to our teachers and parents.” Pam Johnson, Director of Advanced Academic Studies, Spring Branch ISD

– “Thanks again for the fantastic job on the workshop you presented!! Many of my teachers stopped me yesterday and have called me this morning to praise the workshop.” Elida De Leon, Director of Gifted & Advanced Academics, Alice ISD

– “Great sense of humor. Best GT workshop I’ve attended in 20 years!!” 5th Grade Social Studies Teacher

– “As a ‘different’ learner myself, I would love for you to know that your training has been MORE than I expected. I enjoyed your style of training and hope to bring as many of your strategies into my classroom next year. THANK YOU!” – First Grade Teacher, Lamar Consolidated ISD

– I had no idea how many ways visual encoding/decoding could be used!
– Great presentation, very enjoyable, already brainstorming ideas.
– The visual, fast-paced presentation was EXCELLENT!
– I really appreciate all the good advice. Both presenters were fantastic!
– One of the best sessions!

Comments from the Indiana Adult Education English Literacy Conference, Carmel, IN

“As a therapist and a teacher, I appreciate the fact that you recognize and bring to the child’s attention the expanded meanings of their efforts, activities and work. You focused on empowering the child and his/her esteem and sense of self. It’s refreshing to see focus on the process rather than on the product which fosters internal locus of control, as opposed to children learning to rely on external praise, thus seeing themselves only as a reflection of the values and judgements of others.”

– Krista Ketcham, M.Ed
Region 10 Education Service Center Workshop, Dallas, TX

– This has been the best session I have attended. Amazing!
– The program makes you think. This was fantastic!
– Outstanding! Loved every minute! Can’t wait to go to more.
– Excellent! Very useful and thought provoking.
– Useful information with practical, “new” ideas.
– Excellent content and ideas.
– It was fun and very interesting.
– Outstanding!

– Comments from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum
Development (ASCD) Annual Conference

“Gangwer’s principles of various levels of visual learning are the best we have seen and he takes us on a tour of many disciplines demonstrating with brief teaching ideas how to incorporate visuals into learning. He is sensitive to the opportunity that kids and teens have now to create visuals of their own in addition to those we use to stimulate thinking.”  

Dr. David V. Loerstscher, San Jose State University

“Mr. Gangwer presented an excellent visual imagery workshop (as required in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills), for utilizing available technology to improve visual literacy.  He was highly knowledgeable and his presentation style encouraged teachers to actively participate and to experiment with the media.  I highly recommend the Visual Teaching Alliance for your next staff development program.”  

Kay Savay, Richardson I.S.D. Instruction Services

“Mr. Gangwer is a skilled presenter – his timing and jokes are as good as his content.  I look forward to integrating visual literacy into my curriculum and joining the Visual Teaching Network!”  

Susan J. Peebles, Collegiate High School, Corpus Christi, TX

“The very best in the large universe of teacher in-service training.” 
Columbia Teachers College

Our teachers are still raving about your outstanding presentation. You were superb — what more can I say!

Carole C. Wills, Associate Principal, The Briarwood School, Houston, TX

– Alta Harvey, Education Specialist, Region IV Education Service Center

A variety of techniques were used in the presentation and the setting was very informal and relaxed with a welcomed slant of humor throughout the session. An overwhelming majority responded that the “hands-on” materials were extremely helpful and that the presentation was simply excellent!

– Gwendolyn A. Hardison, Supervisor, Natchitoches Parish Media Center

The presentation was excellent! Both the workshop experience and information have already been incorporated into our program curriculum.

– Brenda L. Edmund, Professional Laboratory Experiences,
Southern University

Visual Learning is a vital and creative way to involve children in the classroom. The council enjoyed your seminar and it will surely benefit us as future teachers in our classrooms.

– Alexia Palacios, V.P. of Programs, University of Texas at Austin

Comments from the National Association of Child Care Professionals National Conference…

Was fun and presentation was great. Info was presented in an interesting and humanistic way. Excellent in content.

The stories were great. Very inspirational and eye opening.

They (the presenters) seem to have a real heart for children, and it shows in their presentation. I’ll be keeping my eyes wide open from now on.

They made me feel at ease to have fun. I hope to take their enthusiasm back to my students. Their stories were thought provoking and real. Thank you for offering this form of visual communication.

They are gifted teachers of children! They knew exactly where kids are today and how to get the very best from them.

In all my years of teaching, I have never been to anything like this — a wonderful opportunity! This workshop made me think of visual teaching in a way I’ve never thought before. Sure to have a long lasting impact on this teacher. Inspiring!

“Your workshop provided the teachers with new tools and ideas, which is always motivational at the start of another year. Of particular value was the emphasis your presentation placed on the importance of a child’s sense of self and how to assist the child in building and maintaining self-esteem through learning.” 

Frederick Bowyer, Principal, Condit Elementary School, Houston, TX




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