Hello! My name is Gina Panighetti. I was born and raised in Chico, CA, and I attended the University of Wisconsin on a swimming scholarship. After graduating in 2001, I spent a year studying Spanish and traveling in Mexico followed by several months working on a sport development project for the Guatemalan Olympic Committee in Guatemala City. After returning from Guatemala, I set down roots in Fort Collins and began my teaching career in Loveland where I taught 6th grade social studies for 8 years. I came to Lincoln at the start of the 2012-2013 school year and have loved being part of the Lincoln family. My husband Patrick is an environmental engineer and I am the mother of two lovely children, Flora and Maddox. Flora was born in 2009 and Maddox in 2011.
BS in Education from the University of Wisconsin--Madison
MA in Curriculum and Pedagogy from the University of Phoenix
I love to read, especially historical fiction. Some of my favorite books include The Power of One and The Help, and I enjoy reading Smithsonian magazine. But I also love lighter reading like the Harry Potter and The Hunger Games series. Another all-time favorite is The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss.
Outside of school I enjoy mountain biking, sewing, reading, camping and telemark skiing. But most of all, I love having family dance parties in my living room and simply watching my children play.
I grew more as an educator in my first two years at Lincoln than I did during my previous eight years of teaching combined. Lincoln has amazing teachers who are always willing to share their wealth of knowledge, and the sense of collegiality is comforting. I love our intelligent, diverse, and enthusiastic student body as well as our devoted parents who advocate for the teachers and students of our school.
"I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right." --Albert Einstein
"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." --Gandhi
6th Grade Social Studies