Lifespan Education

Executive Director

Evonne Hedgepeth, Ph.D., Executive DirectorDr. Hedgepeth's educational background includes a Ph.D. in Education, with foci in Developmental Psychology and Sexuality Education; a Master's degree in Educational Administration and Supervision; and a Bachelor of Science degree (with honors) in Psychology and Education.

In 1988, she was honored by the Association for Sexuality Education and Training with the Merit Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Sexuality Education.

Dr. Hedgepeth has worked in the following professional capacities:


Author Co-authored Teaching about Sexuality and HIV:Principles and Methods for Effective Education. Authored articles on sexuality education and school violence.

Trainer of Professionals Trained teachers, school administrators, community health educators, mental health practitioners, managers, foster parents, social workers, health care workers for over a decade. [Current Topics]

Curriculum Developer Created a high school human sexuality curriculum recognized in 1979 national study as “one of the exemplary programs in the US.” Co-designed an innovative Master’s Level teacher training program for the Evergreen State College/Western Washington University. Served as lead author for the Making Healthy Choices curriculum. Has written numerous other curricula for college and high school classes.

Public School Teacher Taught and coordinated offerings in social studies, health and PE in a public alternative high school for seven years.

College Faculty Taught classes in teacher education and human sexuality topics over a period of thirteen years as part-time faculty for four institutions: The Evergreen State College, Central Washington University, Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University.

Administrator Co-administered a high school for seven years. Earned Master’s degree in educational administration and supervision, completing internships in two large urban high schools. Managed own training and consulting business for 15 years.

Supervisor Supervised student teachers for Masters in Teaching Program for four years. Supervised the curriculum design team for Making Healthy Choices for four years. Supervised numerous employees.

 

Educational Philosophy

We recognize that all learning takes place within the learner, a function of his/her own interests, background, abilities, and motivation to learn.  Learners approach learning material and experiences with their own learning styles and preferences, and internalize new information and skills in their own unique ways. Thus, the most effective group learning experiences are ones that appeal to a variety of learning styles and preferences through use of a wide variety of teaching methods.

The educator plays an important role in the learning process, by creating a psychologically “safe” learning environment, presenting learners with stimulating educational materials and experiences, and facilitating a productive and respectful group process. The effective educator must wear many hats: curriculum designer, topic expert, performer, group facilitator, co-learner and co-evaluator.

This collaborative, mutually respectful approach to teaching and learning, we believe, results in the greatest and most long-lasting learning outcomes.

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