About Me

familyI am Jeffrey Shoemaker a veteran Gifted Intervention Specialist (GIS) for the Lima City Schools since 2006. I taught gifted education in from 3rd to 8th grade. I taught for the Lima City Schools from 2000 to 2018. I also attended the Lima City Schools as a student from 1980-1993 (K-12).

I loved my job, and I believe I had the best job in the district. Not only did I get to teach students who were gifted, but they also challenged me to be a better teacher. I am passionate about gifted education and the middle school setting.

In 2018, I decided I needed to move on. I took at a job as an Educational Specialist in the Office for Exceptional Children at the Ohio Department of Education. I work in the Gifted Services Department. I am taking my experience in Gifted Education to help teachers, administrators, and parents to better understand the Rules and Laws of Gifted Education in the State of Ohio.

Personally, I have a great family. I have a loving wife, Tina, who teaches Early Childhood Education at Lima Senior High School. Together we have 8 children. My family is active at church, school and in the community. I am a Freemason, and belonged to Lima Lodge #205, and The Valley of Dayton.

Along with this blog, I write a blog about middle school issues, tips, classroom suggestions that may help new teachers become better teachers. The blog is called Hoodies, Headphones, & Axe Spray.

I received a BS in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University. I also received a Master’s Degree in Gifted Education from Bowling Green University.

I am also the past co-moderator for #ohiogtchat, which is sponsored by the Ohio Association for Gifted Children‘s Teacher Division. It is hosted on Sunday’s at 8 pm ET.