For a dozen years, Stephanie has been teaching the game of chess to students of all ages. Her past coaching efforts have produced numerous winning programs and very successful teams. Although winning chess teams are an ultimate goal, the importance of providing a positive and enjoyable experience for all participants is an essential imperative.
Chess is an incredible tool in developing the scholastic abilities of students. Stephanie has focused her training and education in psychology and applied behavior analysis on using chess to expand the student's critical thinking skills, enhance concentration ability and stimulate interest in learning. Stephanie's background includes:
Always a young woman in a hurry to achieve, Stephanie finished high school in three years and college in three and one-half years. Stephanie Ballom has inspired many young people to pursue their dreams, first as a scholastic chess competitor, where she won National Championships. And today, she continues to inspire students as the chess teacher/coach for school programs, and private lessons. Stephanie has also volunteered time working with the Boys and Girls Clubs and Special Olympics. As a chess competitor, Stephanie inspires young players to achieve by example. Her record of success includes: winner of scholastic national championships - The First Kasparov Chess Foundation National All-Girls Championships, U-18 Section, the 2000 Junior Open U-15, and winner of the Texas State Girls Championship. Winner of college scholarships for chess and academic excellence.
There are numerous benefits to learning to play chess for children. Here are some reasons why:
Overall, learning to play chess can provide numerous benefits for children, both in terms of cognitive development and social skills. It is a challenging and rewarding game that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.