Ginger Whiting spent her career as an elementary teacher in the Richmond City Public Schools, Richmond, Virginia. With a background that included open learning, Montessori, British Infant School, and multiage philosophies, Ginger spent her career advocating hands-on meaningful activities that required students to apply everyday lessons as a way to develop ownership of essential knowledge and become self-confident learners.
Ginger became involved in design technology/children’s engineering in the summer of 1998 and began to implement Children’s Engineering as a natural extension of the hands-on open-ended projects that she utilized in her classroom.
One of the founding partners of Children’s Engineering Educators, LLC, she was one of the lead writers for the Virginia Department of Education Elementary Technology Resource Guide K-5 published in 2003. In addition, she served as a consultant to the Second Edition Virginia DOE Children's Engineering Guide in 2014.
In 2005 Ginger began serving as an adjunct instructor for Children’s Engineering through the College of Graduate & Outreach Programs at James Madison University, Virginia, training four in-service teachers to conduct the class. Ginger currently acts as mentor to several in-service teachers.
Ginger has presented professional development sessions in various states including Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Texas, North Carolina, and California, helping teachers learn how to integrate Children’s Engineering into their daily lessons, encouraging teachers to “Work smarter, not harder.”
Ginger has co-authored two books, Children’s Engineering, A Handbook for Elementary Educators (2009, 2015) and Children’s Engineering, Beyond the Basics (2010).
In recent years, Ginger developed Everyday STEM - A Children’s Engineering Professional Development Series to enable individual schools and school divisions a cost-effective way to conduct their own professional development.
Ginger continues to be an advocate for bringing Children’s Engineering / Elementary STEM into every PK-5 classroom in the nation.