We have
the creativity
of the stars.

Brian Swimme

Welcome to creativemavericks.net. This site provides information about highly creative learners and tenets of authentic teaching and learning. It also contains information about my books, Creative Mavericks: Beacons of Authentic Learning and Pockets of Freedom: Unlocking the Power of Intuitive Teaching and Learning (which I co-authored with Phyl Brazee and Lisa Plourde).

In Creative Mavericks I describe highly creative learners as those who are compelled to be true to their internal agendas and who often resist the prescribed agendas of conventional schooling.

In Pockets of Freedom my co-authors and I describe how we created freedom spaces for our learners to inspire each student's self-agency and unique gifts.

My professional services include the following:
Private Tutoring Sessions
I offer private tutoring in my home for those in the Tucson, AZ area. I work with children in literacy and foundational math and spelling skills. In tutoring sessions I engage my students' interests and honor their creative expression. The students have relished creating theme-based games for us to practice skills on (see example below)!
Parent Consultation Sessions
I am available for sessions for parents, in person, by phone or video call. My sessions offer:

  • Ideas for recognizing and encouraging your child's natural talents;
  • Ideas for awakening of your child's self-agency, for his or her intuitive exploration of agendas rooted in his or her personal interests and passions
  • Education about a developmental, holistic understanding of reading, writing, spelling and math processes.
  • Ways to support your child's natural focus through creative outlets.
  • A template for scaffolding your child's creation of themed boardgames for practicing skills within the context of joyful engagement.

Ocean Game, a learning board game

Together we will explore and celebrate your child's unique learning mission.

*I offer a free, non-obligatory initial session.

Sue Haynes


Sue really helped both of my children, each in their own way, to feel more at-ease with academic challenges that used to trigger fear and block their ability to learn. She helped them "re-value" themselves as confident, competent learners whose creative nature was celebrated in each tutoring session.

Emily Bracale

Sue's approach of honoring and valuing her students, uncovering their interests and talents, and encouraging them to find their authentic voice yields amazing results. Not only do these children learn to read, write and do math, they become interested, empowered, life-long learners.

Ann Bohrer

I knew Sue had turned my son's life around by raising his self-esteem with her complete confidence in him as well as building his academic strengths masterfully, but my heart really melted with gratitude when I heard him say to her (as he thought this might be the last time he would see her), "Thank you for teaching me how to read, write and do math." Sue identified his gifts, taught me how to see them, and taught him how to use his own genius to get things done, done well, and done with humor and joy. They laughed together a lot!

Bahia Yacksan


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Sue Haynes •suewhaynes@gmail.com