Beyond IQ

GCP Teacher Bios for Summer and Fall 2019

Meet our Instructors and see where to find them.
(Alphabetical by first name)

Hosanna Patience
is a writer, editor, and teacher. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and a BA in English. As an undergraduate, she was awarded, “Most Outstanding Work in the Department of English.” Her fiction was nominated for the anthology, Best New American Voices. She is the recipient of the Pearl Sperling Evans Prize for “Most Promise in Fiction,” and the AWP scholarship for an emerging writer. She was the copyeditor for Connor Coyne's lauded novel, Urbantasm: The Dying City and has worked as editor for numerous online and print publications. Hosanna was a gifted student herself, and a participant in California’s G.A.T.E. program and she has years of experience challenging gifted students both in and out of the classroom.

Josh Shaine has been working with gifted students of all ages for more than 35 years, including many years teaching, administrating, advising, and sometimes directing programs for 7th – 12th graders through MIT’s Educational Studies Program. He has taught at public, private, and alternative schools, as well as working with special needs students, either at home or institutionalized, for school districts in several states. He was the headmaster of a small 7th - 12th grade alternative school in Boston for gifted "disgruntled" students. In addition to teaching and consulting, Josh currently organizes the Beyond IQ conferences near Boston and serves on the board for Hoagies Gifted. He's more fun than this makes him sound!


Lisa Fontaine-Rainen has been teaching gifted children in the public school system and working with homeschoolers for 18 years. She earned her MA in Gifted Education from William and Mary in 2001, and has been lucky to be able to work with these amazing young people ever since. Lisa relocated with her family to South Africa in 2014 and When she's not teaching she loves to read, play games, do puzzles, and experiment in the kitchen with her two year old and five year old. Both children have been largely unscathed by this so far. Teaching and learning are passions - schooling is not.

Dr. Sabrina Weiss specializes in developing theoretical models that represent the ethical and social dimensions of issues at the intersection of science, technology, and society.  Topics of interest include gender and sexuality, discourse theory, bodies and cyborgs, bioethics, food ethics, and innovative pedagogies, as well as the institutional and change dimensions affecting those areas. 

Dr. Weiss earned a B.S. from Stanford’s Science, Technology, and Society program, an M.S. in Bioethics from Albany Medical College, and a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a former U.S. Naval Officer (ROTC) who served overseas in Japan and at the Office of Naval Research.  An interdisciplinary and international scholar, Dr. Weiss has taught at Rochester Institute of Technology, which houses the National Institute for the Deaf, and at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany.  Dr. Weiss is a coauthor of Worlds of ScienceCraft: New Horizons in Sociology, Philosophy and Science Studies (2009).

Sherene Raisbeck 
has been teaching gifted and 2e homeschoolers for more than a decade, starting with her own, then branching out, working with students at the Voyagers Homeschool Cooperative and tutoring. She also helps to run the Beyond IQ conferences, plots building management schemes, and plays a broad variety of games. She majored in math undergraduate, but still seems able to do arithmetic.

Trina Overgaard Toups has a master's degree in physical chemistry from the University of Minnesota (1991). Her interest in teaching was sparked by the need to homeschool her older daughter, who was hungry for more math and science than were provided in school. Trina has continued to teach classes in chemistry, biology, and earth sciences from the middle school to AP levels to homeschoolers in the greater Boston region, as well as tutoring clients who attend local area high schools. Trina has gradually acquired a collection of useful science equipment, including burets and electrochemistry equipment(made by her EE husband). Her most interesting chemistry class was teaching two 7-8 year old boys chemistry with experiments last year.

Outside of teaching, Trina's interests are a science fiction book group, knitting, and bicycling. She also enjoys family visits to museums, especially science and industrial revolution venues.

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