GT Academy Coordinator, Education
Bio: Abigail Priest is the Coordinator of a GT Academy in Texas. This public school serves almost 600 gifted middle school students (grades 6-8) in a school-within-a-school environment and emphasizes concept-based learning.
MSc, Radboud University
Bio: Akkelijn Elshof recently graduated from the Radboud University (The Netherlands). She studied Business Administration, with a major in Strategic Human Resource Management. This major gives its students theoretical insights about the added (strategic) value of employees in the organization. The gifted adults and burnout research has been used for her graduation at the Radboud University in collaboration with Dr. Noks Nauta from the Gifted Adults Foundation.
Alan D. Thompson
Life Architect, Life Architect Coaching
Bio: Alan D. Thompson. Alan is the Director of Life Architect in Australia. He is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF). Along with Professor Mark C. Williams, he is a founder of the Australia-Asia Positive Psychology Institute. Alan is the National Gifted Children’s Coordinator for Australian Mensa. More info: LifeArchitect.com.au
President, Knowledge Enrichment Enterprise
Bio: Ann Grahl is president of Knowledge Enrichment Enterprise. She has 15 years of gifted advocacy experience, working in both private and public school settings. She is also founder of Supporting Gifted Learners, a consulting and outreach initiative. Ann is a writer and editor who focuses on topics related to giftedness and lifelong learning.
Professor of Gifted Education, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Bio: Bronwyn MacFarlane, Ph.D., is professor of gi ed educa on at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She earned her doctorate from the College of William and Mary. She writes the curriculum column in Teaching for High Potential and edited two books: “STEM Education for High-Ability Learners” (2016) and “Leading Change in Gifted Education: The Festschrift of Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska” (2009). She has served as college associate dean and chair of the NAGC Counseling Network. Follow Dr. Bronwyn on Twitter: @DrBMacFarlane.
Asst. Head of School, Alverno Heights Academy
Bio: Cam Gonzales is the Assistant Head at Alverno High, a private girls school in Southern California. Alverno has a radical acceleration program which allows girls as young as 11 to begin high school full time. Girls can also self-pace, finishing in 2 years, or taking time to explore their passions.
Director of Assessment & Special Programs, STEM Educator, EA Young Academy
Bio: Carol Raymond, TAGT 2015 Educator of the Gifted, serves as Director of Assessment & Special Programs and as STEM educator at EA Young Academy for gifted, talented and high ability scholars. Her educational ambitions focus on implementing methods that meet the social and emotional needs of students through authentically challenging academic pursuits.
Founder and Director, Hoagies' Gifted, Inc.
Bio: Carolyn Kottmeyer is the founder and director of Hoagies’ Gifted, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit including Hoagies' Gifted Education Page www.HoagiesGifted.org and ~35,000 member social media communities on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Pinterest.
Blogger & Gifted Education Specialist, www.RaisingLifelongLearners
Bio: Colleen is a gifted specialist who never planned to leave teaching. Since things don’t always go as planned, she now works from home while homeschooling her own gifted kids. Between book projects and speaking engagements, she tries to stay one step ahead of her children while sharing adventures on www.RaisingLifelongLearners.com.
Skilled Mentor for Professionals, Visions Applied
Bio: Dr. Dianne Allen is a dynamic mentor for gifted individuals and families. Dianne’s 30 years working with gifted and talented includes counseling, mentoring, writing and speaking. She has been featured on CNN and the Discovery Channel. She authored: How to Quit Anything in 5 Simple Steps and The Loneliness Cure.
Co - Founder, Director of Programs and Education, Bright Not Broken-The Lorna Wing Institute of America
Bio: Diane M. Kennedy is co-author of two nationally acclaimed books, The ADHD-Autism Connection (2002) and Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism (2011). A mother of three twice-exceptional sons, Diane has worked diligently for the past 15 years to find the best answers to help her own children and to share these answers with other parents facing the same struggles. As a founder of the Bright Not Broken Lorna Wing Institute of America, Diane now works to bring together the fields of giftedness and disabilities in order to promote a whole-child approach to diagnosis and intervention. A national speaker in areas of giftedness, mental health, and education.
President, Gifted Education Consultants
Bio: Dr. Brulles is the Director of Gifted Education at Paradise Valley United School District where she has developed a continuum of gifted education programs, preschool through high school. The programs and services Dina oversees incorporate innovative uses of technology, enfranchise underrepresented populations and provide extensive professional development opportunities. She is also the Graduate Gifted Program Coordinator at Arizona State University.
Dina was elected to the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Board of Directors in 2014 as the school district representative and is also a member of the NAGC Convention Committee. She received the inaugural 2014 NAGC Gifted Coordinator Award and also the first NAGC Professional Development Network Award in 2013. Dina has served as president of the Arizona Association for the Gi ed and Talented, vice president of SENG, and on leadership teams of NAGC Networks.
Donna Y. Ford
Professor of Education and Human Development , Vanderbilt University
Bio: Donna Y. Ford, Ph.D., is Professor of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. She teaches in the Department of Special Education and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Ford has been a Professor of Special Education at Ohio State University, an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Virginia, and a researcher with the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. She also taught at the University of Kentucky.
Professor Ford conducts research primarily in gifted education and multicultural/urban education. Specifically, her work focuses on: (1) recruiting and retaining culturally different students in gifted education; (2) multi-cultural and urban education; (3) achievement gaps; (4) minority student achievement and underachievement; and (5) family involvement. She consults with school districts, educational, and legal organizations in the areas of gifted education.
Katy Dorendorf, Psy.D
Clinical Director, Bright Not Broken: The Lorna Wing Institute of America
Bio: Psychologist and Clinical Director, Bright Not Broken: The Lorna Wing Institute of America email@example.com
President, Institute for Educational Advancement
Bio: Ms. Jones has been an educator, researcher and administrator of educational programs for over 20 years. Ms. Jones served as the Associate Director of The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and the Director of the Western Region for ten years prior to founding the Institute for Educational Advancement in 1998.
Dr. Ellen D. Fiedler
Professor Emerita, Northeastern Illinois University
Bio: Dr. Ellen D. Fiedler, Professor Emerita from the Master in Arts in Gifted Education (M.A.G.E.) program at Northeastern Illinois University, is currently a private educational consultant. She regularly provides professional development for school districts and other educational agencies, presentations for parents, and a wide range of consultation services related to gifted students and their education. Her Ph.D. in Counseling and Guidance came from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she worked at the Guidance Institute for Talented Students there as a Research Assistant to the director. Her Masters degree was in elementary education with an emphasis on gifted children
Creativity Guidess, Carleton College
Bio: This is my first Seng! Testing the waters for myself -- and a few far flung friends who are eagerly anticipating a report.
I'm a fictionalist and poet who plays music, so it's my treat to explore giftedness and soothe its tensions through different modes of deep play.
I've kept journals all my life and started practicing the Creative Journey Method under the guidance of Lisa Sonora in 2012. I finished my facilitator/guidess apprenticeship last summer. For more deets on the thoughts behind the practice and its impact bop over to wanderingjewess.com/seng
Folly Jee Ligh
Parent - Board of Directors, Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented
Bio: Folly Jee Ligh is the Parent Representative on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT). She advocates for the gifted, volunteers in the community and school parent groups, and enjoys the challenging journey of raising two amazing children.
Owner & President, Living Excellence Today
Bio: Dr. Gurpreet Kaur is a Licensed Counselor, a Private Coach, and a Speaker. Dr. Kaur is very interested and passionate about self-development, spirituality, wellness, self-actualization, reaching the highest potential, and applying quantum mechanics principles to life. She has presented on these topics at national, state, and local conferences and venues. Her specialty is serving the social and emotional needs of the highly intellectual adolescents and adults, who feel lost in the mundane details and complexity of this world. She helps them with the flooding of emotions, overwhelming need to do the right thing all the time, difficulty in decision-making, over-analyzation, and feelings of not good enough at times. When these clients work with her they feel more control, grounded, and whole. With Dr. Kaur’s guidance on their existential quest, they learn how to align with the internal Self and to positively channel their emotional intensity.
Psicólogo, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Bio: Juan Cristóbal-Didier, Psychologist, graduated from Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. 5 years of experience working as student counselor of gifted children, and several years of experience as clinical therapist with adolescents and adults.
Supporting Parents of Gifted and Distractible Children, With Understanding Comes Calm
Bio: Julie Skolnick, M.A., J.D., supports parents of gifted and distractible children through With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC. Mother of three 2e children, SMPG facilitator, NAGC proposal reviewer, and NAGC 2e COP member, Julie collaborates with educators and clinicians on strategies bringing out the best in exceptional children.
President , SENG
Bio: Supporting student and teacher well-being through daily practice, research and innovation brings me joy. I am the founder of SoulSpark Learning and president of SENG.
Owner, Director, Therapist, Sequence Counseling and Consulting Services
Bio: Kathleen Landers LCSW-C is a clinical social worker and the director of Sequence Counseling and Consulting Services, and multi-disciplinary group practice serving adults in the Greater Washington Metropolitan area. Ms. Landers has worked with children, adolescents and adults across a range of settings. While the director of a special education high school for students with anxiety and depression, she developed an awareness for the profile of the gifted and twice gifted student. Now 18 years later, and with significant train- ing in the fields of psychotherapy and neuroscience, she has developed a protocol for addressing the needs of the gifted adults she frequently treats in her adult therapy practice.
gifted parent coach, Gifted 24/7
Bio: Kathy Courchene is the mother of three gifted, now-adult children (all 2e!), a licensed psychotherapist specializing in work with gifted individuals, and a parent coach. She is trained in Energy Psychology and is a Certified Practitioner of Integrative Energetic Medicine, blending traditional concepts of subtle energies with shamanic practices and spirituality.
Lead Consultant, Educational Support & Consulting Network
Bio: Ken has been involved in the area of exceptional needs learners for over 40 years as a public school administrator and member of numerous local, state and national Boards and committees that support exceptional needs learners. He is a frequent contributor to various publications with articles on gifted education, equity and diversity.
Psychologist, Gifted Minds Pty
Bio: Fiona Smith is Director of Gifted Minds Pty Ltd based in Sydney, Australia. She is a psychologist and counsellor who has worked with gifted children and adults since 1998.
Alessa Giampaolo Keener
Hand in Hand Education
Bio: Alessa Giampaolo Keener, M.Ed. homeschooled her gifted children into early college using a child-led learning approach. In addition to being a professional curriculum developer, Alessa works with families across the country in developing individualized learning plans.
Bio: I am a clinical psychologist at the Kingsbury Center in Washington D.C where I conduct neuropsychological testing and provide individual and group psychotherapy. I have conducted action research on higher order thinking skills in GTLD students. I am currently working on research on writing and spelling errors in dyslexia. I am co-author of the book Creating Effective Programs for Gifted Children with Learning Disabilities.
Bio: Arlene DeVries, previously board member of SENG and NAGC, is co-author of "Gifted Parent Groups, the SENG Model, 2nd Edition," and "Parents' Guide to Gifted Children." Retired from the Des Moines Schools gifted program, she currently teaches online, "Social Emotional Needs of Gifted," for Drake University.
EA Young Academy
Bio: Lindsey Gorman and Audrey Davis are entering ninth grade in their third year at EA Young Academy for gifted, talented, and high ability scholars. They are founding directors of the incorporated non profit, Aphelion; a business dedicated to providing education for girls in the Maasai tribe of Kenya. Alongside their passion for helping others, both are active MENSA members, Duke TIP State honorees, and dog enthusiasts. This will be their third conference to present at this year.