Taking the Lid off the Sun began as a collection of stories related to my experiences raising an intuitive child. Since returning to teaching in the fall of 2010, I've broadened my focus toward the larger educational issues facing today's parents. I've discovered that Lucas is not so very unique, after all, and my task of understanding and nurturing my son's special gifts has now grown to encompass a generation of children, starting in my community.
The AuthorMy name is Alexis Ahrens, and I’m passionate about understanding children and how they tick. After twelve years of teaching - many of them heartbreaking, as I've wrestled with a system that seemed so out of sync with our children - I'm finally in a position to do something that makes sense to me. As the founder and teacher in a new and very special elementary school, I'm now co-creating an educational environment for children that is at once challenging, nurturing, creative, and engaging. This new school is a free public charter school under National University Academy's charter, and it's called the Sparrow Program.
I am also a current student in the Waldorf Institute of Southern California teacher training program, which is informing and supporting many of our methods and understandings at Sparrow.
I wear many hats these days, primarily mother, wife, teacher, student. My days are full and my nights are busy. I miss my writing hat, and hope to don it again intermittently to fill you all in on the wonders that occur daily in our classrooms and in my home with my quickly growing boy.