Dr. Lynn Larsen, Brandman’s University’s Riverside Campus’ Associate Dean, School of Education recently was the featured presenter at Moreno Valley Unified School District’s GATE Informational Parent Meeting at the Moreno Valley School District Board Office.
Dr. Larsen has been at Brandman for over eight years. She specializes in Special Education, School Counseling/Psychology and Instructional Technology. In addition to her PhD, her credentials include; CTEL/CLAD, Autism, Early Childhood and Master of Arts in Education.
Dr. Larsen’s informative presentation focused on the characteristics of GATE students and how parents can best advocate for their GATE child. She spoke about special resources, ways to organize district parent groups for GATE, as well as an introduction to the highly respected international educational ,” Odyssey of the Mind” Program. Traditionally the GATE Program is also known as Gifted and Talented Education. “My husband and I have been Odyssey of the Mind coaches for nine years because of the growth we see in the GATE students that participate,” says Dr. Larsen. “We see incredible personal advancement in the areas of teamwork, problem solving, leadership, creativity, and confidence. Students enter the program thinking there’s only one right answer and leave realizing that there are multiple ways to address the same problem they are given to solve.”
Dr. Larsen and her husband, Paul Larsen, associate professor of biochemistry at UC Riverside coach The Odyssey of the Mind team from Riverside’s King High School. The school both regional and state champions are attending the World finals for the fourth consecutive year at the end of May at Michigan State University. They join over 800 teams from 26 countries for the three-day international competition.
The Larsens have been coaching Odyssey of the Mind teams in Riverside for nine years, and have mentored more than 100 students. Odyssey of the Mind is a creativity-based competition, which started over three decades ago. “It’s definitely a life-changing experience for the students and us,” explains Dr. Larsen.
Brandman’s Riverside campus began serving students in January, 2013 as the new home replacing the Moreno Valley campus.The Riverside campus offers a variety of Undergraduate, Graduate, Graduate Education, Education Credential and Certificate Programs. These Programs fit the employment opportunities available in today’s economy and area job market. They include: BAs in Early Childhood Education and Criminal Justice. Brandman’s Riverside Campus also offers a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership Program which is available with significant scholarship opportunities. In addition an integrated three-tier program specifically designed for sworn and civilian employees working in county, municipal and state law enforcement organizations is the Law Enforcement Agency Leadership Program. It was developed in partnership with the Orange County Sheriff Department. For a complete listing of programs available at Brandman’s Riverside Campus visit: www.brandman.edu/riverside