The Founder

Dr. Andi Stix is a national educational consultant and cognitive coach, who has been actively teaching for more than 30 years. She addresses conferences and conventions across the country as a keynote or seminar presenter. Dr. Stix received her doctorate from Columbia University in the field of gifted and talented education, with a concentration in cognition. She currently owns and operates G·tec Kids located in New Rochelle, New York. Dr. Stix received the Educator of the Year award from AGATE: The Advocacy for Gifted and Talented Education for the State of New York in 2000. Just recently, she founded Synergy and a national competition for gifted youth called The Synergy Challenge.

Dr. Stix is an adjunct professor and specializes in constructivist education. She strives to guide school systems towards student-centered, interactive learning. Dr. Stix is a certified life and educational coach whose goal is to infuse coaching skills across the content areas. Her book Teachers as Classroom Coaches has been translated into many foreign languages for practical use. Through professional development, her philosophy and activities have been incorporated into the curriculum of many school systems throughout the world.

Two interviews that appeared in the New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer focused on Dr. Stix’s supportive view of the Social Studies assessments that pushed for higher critical thinking. She, along with her co-author Frank Hrbek, have written a series of simulations and hands-on activities in Social Studies for the secondary school market.

Exploring History is a three-time winner of the Social Studies Program of Excellence Award from New York State as well as the Social Studies Program of Excellence Certificate from the Middle States Council for the Social Studies. Their program received the Outstanding Curriculum Development Award from the National Association of Gifted Children. For her work in staff development, Dr. Stix received the Alexinia Baldwin Educator of the Year Award.

Her published articles can be found in Social Education, the Middle School Journal Social Studies, and Gems of AGATE. In addition to the Exploring History series (2000-present), she has authored many books, including Social Studies Strategies for Active Learners (2003), Using Literature and Simulations in Your Social Studies Classroom (2001), Integrated Cooperative Strategies for the Social Studies, Language Arts, and the Humanities (1997), Strategies for Student-Centered Assessment (1996), Teaching Strategies for Cooperative Learning (1994), and Active Strategies for Curriculum Integration (1993).