The mission of schools is to maximize the potential of every student to become a successful contributor in our 21st century world.  Today this means that schools must educate for innovation, the process of transforming our world for the better.

Educating Innovators  was founded with the mission to partner with schools and families to create educational experiences that challenge every child, every day. We focus on motivating students by engaging their individual talents, interests, and learning styles.

Our founding partner and Executive Director is Dr. Jeanne L. Paynter, who after nearly three decades leading P-12 public education programs for gifted and talented students, decided that it was time for a new approach.  She understood that with the many competing demands on schools, few had the specialized expertise they needed to effectively implement talent development programs.

Schools and families need talent program solutions.

We can bring to your school decades of experience and expertise in developing and implementing talent development programs P-12, designing curriculum enrichment and acceleration opportunities for students, and professional learning for educators and families.

We work with your school to customize the design of  local curriculum, assessments, and gifted and talented education program requirements.

Dr. Jeanne L. Paynter

Paynter-1589webDr. Jeanne L. Paynter has led the development and implementation of PreK-12 gifted education policy, programming and professional development at the national, state, and local levels.  Dr. Paynter served as the State Specialist for gifted and talented education at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), where she was instrumental in the development of new state policies in gifted programming and teacher certification.  She has been the Project Director for numerous US Department of Education grant projects to increase the participation and performance of low income students in advanced level courses. Previous to her work at the state department, Dr. Paynter was the Coordinator for Gifted Education and Magnet Programs K – 12 in Baltimore County Public Schools, a large urban-suburban district of over 107,000 students.  She has served on numerous advisory councils, task forces, and commissions, including the Governor’s Commission on Gifted and Talented Education and the Maryland State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education.

Dr. Paynter is a passionate advocate for gifted children and has authored book chapters, articles, and presentations for parent advocates.  She authored award-winning research on the topic of intrinsic, extrinsic, and moral motivation.  Her personal passions are innovation, creativity, and learning styles.

Dr. Paynter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English from the Towson University, and her Master’s Degree in Gifted Education and Doctorate in Teacher Development and Leadership from the Johns Hopkins University.  She currently lives in Baltimore.