Deanne Repich was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and has been an educator since 1988, when she began teaching Spanish to high schoolers at the Instructional Materials Council while studying for her B.A. in Spanish/Latin American Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During college she completed one year of study abroad in Costa Rica. After being awarded the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship, in 1992 Deanne moved to Austin, Texas for graduate school at UT-Austin and completed two years of graduate work in the College of Arts and Sciences studying language acquisition, with an additional year spent teaching in Costa Rica.
An award-winning educator, Deanne has twenty years of combined experience as an educator, teacher, and trainer in public schools, private schools, universities, and corporate settings, and in homeschooling her 2e daughter. She also spent more than a decade educating others on how to reduce their own anxiety through the internationally recognized Conquer Anxiety Success Program she authored. As a life-long learner herself, Deanne’s unique strength is her contagious quest to draw students into the learning process as creators of their learning experience. Deanne married Erik Repich and is grateful to be the happy mother of Aria and Kurty. Their own 2e/gifted children and their passion to create an educational community in which gifted/2e learners thrive and are celebrated inspired Deanne and Erik to co-found Great Minds Learning Community.
As a parent of 2e/gifted children, Deanne understands the needs of these tremendous learners and the intense, challenging, and exhilarating facets that being gifted or 2e brings to your child’s educational experience — intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Deanne is a member of SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted), an organization dedicated to empowering families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.