The legendary educator of gifted and talented students, Karen Langdon, is launching a new summer camp in Austin in the summer of 2017 called Inquiring Minds. All parents are invited to bring their bright and talented children to join Inquiring Minds’s fun, fast-paced, creative and multidisciplinary learning environment. Inquiring Minds is specially designed to meet the unique needs of gifted children.
Inquiring Minds is a full- or half-day program that allows students an opportunity to explore a variety of subjects in a challenging, in-depth, creative environment via a multidisciplinary, integrative, and hands-on approach. Our classes are high-level, diverse, interactive, fast-paced, innovative, and explorational. Content areas include but are not limited to science, math, history, art, engineering, technology, drama, social studies, economics, and literature. Although classes are academic in nature, our goal is for students to have fun with learning, use critical thinking and effect discovery. Being with other like-leveled students can provide a life-changing experience because it confirms for the child that there are others like themselves. Instead of being in the minority which often leads to children camaflouging their abilities, they feel safe to be themselves with
Background of Director Karen Sims Langdon
Karen Sims Langdon, Founder and Executive Director, received a BS from Emory University, majoring in Biology and Psychology. While attending the University of Arizona, she earned an M.Ed. in Counseling, specializing in parent education and therapy. Karen completed four years more of graduate work in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Carolina. A clinical internship at Austin State Hospital and Brackenridge Hospital Emergency Room followed. In 1998, she studied assessment and counseling of gifted children and their families at Linda Silverman’s Gifted Development Center in Denver. Karen cofounded Summer Wonders in 1999 with Tracy Vickery, and served as its Executive Director until 2016.
Over the years, Summer Wonders won “Best Summer Camp” in The Austin Chronicle’s Readers’ Poll five times. In addition, Summer Wonders also was honored to be named “Best Educational Summer Camp” in the Readers’ Poll of Austin Family Magazine (2015 & 2016). In 2005, Karen cofounded ACE Academy with Donna Hulsey, Austin’s only private independent school for gifted students, where she served as Director of Admissions for eleven years. During this time, she administered intellectual assessments to hundreds of gifted children. She has also conducted many seminars and served as a speaker at local and national conferences on the subject of gifted children and innovative education.
Awards & Accolades
From the Director of the Austin Chronicle Readers’ Poll “Best Summer Camp” Winner in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Austin Family Readers’ Poll “Best Educational Camp” Winner in 2015 and 2016