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A superb, dedicated, educator in elementary schools in South Africa for over 40 years, Gail uses her extensive experience to ensure that all content is designed to maximize our goal - unlock creativity and stimulate powerful thinking in children while having fun. When she isn't busy creating delightful content with David at MakeThinkers., Gail enjoys spending time with her six grandchildren in New Jersey and continues to teach. She is also passionate about competing in walking races, crossword puzzles and gourmet cooking.
David is a native South African and an avid cross-training fan. He is a voracious reader, loves learning new languages and playing chess. David holds three degrees, including an MS from UT Austin and an MBA from MIT. He is a lifelong learner with interests in finance, human health, robotics and the future of education. He's also a highly experienced investor who loves solving problems. When he isn't busy sharing MakeThinkers. with parents and educators across the world, David can be found spending time with his family, playing soccer with his two lovely daughters or strumming the guitar.
MakeThinkers. grew out of my need to spend more quality time with my children in an impactful way. Using bedtime storytelling we were off to a good start. Its benefits were well known and widely published. Yet, it lacked that extra something. I'm sure you know about that eventual boredom that sets in. Couldn't we use this time better? I set out to design and build a better experience.
During my time as a fellow at MIT, I began blending original storytelling with imaginative mental challenges. The goal was to combine creativity with critical thinking while forming a strong bond with my children. And, of course, short enough for me to complete in less than fifteen minutes.
I constantly experimented and tried so many variations. I even asked some of my professors and friends around the world to try it out with their children. Finally, it happened! I hit the right combination. My wife and I noticed that all of us loved this new type of bedtime storytelling! The children were always asking for more and they were so excited to solve the challenges at the end of each story! I also saw how they were beginning to mix creative thinking with logical reasoning. The way they solved problems blew my mind. On top of it all, I could also see them gaining confidence, patience, and focus. Naturally, I was having a blast watching them and our bond became stronger while having fun!
Seeing this success, I had to share it with everyone. So, I started working with my mom to make this happen. She is a caring, passionate and highly accomplished elementary school educator. I grew up watching her teach and witnessing the smart ways she encouraged students to think. (Not to mention me - thanks mom!) She was a perfect fit to build out this vision.
Together we are taking storytelling to a whole different level. We have made this entire activity easy for anyone to do. The mission is simple: every parent should experience this type of exciting and educational storytelling with their children.
Through 'The Adventures of Zoe Flynn and Alex Everhart', we are here to make it happen.
We are thrilled to have all of you join us on this exciting journey.
Get ready for a fantastic ride!
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