Miss VanDamme obtained her BA in philosophy from the University of Texas (Austin) in 1995. She then took classes at Penn State University, with the intention of earning a masters in education and teaching literature to high school students. She abandoned this pursuit when she was offered an exciting opportunity to move to California and develop a curriculum for a gifted child who was not being challenged in traditional schools. She found that the program she developed worked equally well for students of all levels of ability, and ran a successful homeschool for six years. Convinced that the principles behind her homeschool could be successfully translated into a school environment, she founded VanDamme Academy—where they have been since 2001.
You can learn more about the school at vandammeacademy.com.