NAGC Congratulates New Leaders

Welcome to NAGC's new Board members and Network leaders.

Governance Secretary, Board of Directors

Catherine Little

Associate Professor, Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education

I have had the privilege of serving on the NAGC Board of Directors for the past several years, first as an at-large member and then as Treasurer. In those roles, I have gained an ever deeper appreciation for the commitment of our members and the significance of NAGC’s work. I am eager to continue to serve the NAGC community in the role of Governance Secretary, whereby I can assist in the Board’s stewardship of the organization. In a time of transition to new leadership, NAGC continues to provide important leadership, advocacy, and resources for gifted children, their families, and the educators who support them. I look forward to continuing to contribute my own energy and ideas to NAGC’s efforts. I will work collaboratively to promote the goals of the NAGC community and to respond to future challenges and opportunities.

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Sylvia Rimm

Psychologist, Director, Family Achievement Clinic; Clinical Professor, Case Western Reserve University

I have been a dedicated lifetime member of NAGC and have been active in our association for more than 40 years. I began my interest as a parent and then became a psychologist specializing in gifted children. I served on the Board of Directors in the past. I was Treasurer for the Wisconsin Council of Gifted and Talented and President of Educational Assessment Service, Inc., and Director of Family Achievement Clinic, I bring business experience to the responsibility of finances of our association. As a past member of the Development Committee, I am very aware of the difficult financial issues we face. I will do my best to sustain our organization financially while providing full support to the educators and parents in our association who serve the many complex needs of gifted children.

Arts Network Chair-Elect

Janice Warren

Assistant Director for Student Services, Belin-Blank Center, University of Iowa

I am the Assistant Director for Student Services at the Belin-Blank Center and have worked here for 20 years. Previously, I was a music teacher in the schools and directed a fine arts preschool. I understand the challenges that teachers in the arts face in their daily work with our students.  Our Center has a strong emphasis on artistic learners, with curricular strands in the visual arts, the performing arts, creative writing, and more.  I am the Director for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Iowa and Midwest Regions. This year we adjudicated over 8,000 pieces of art and writing. I was selected to serve on the Affiliate Advisory Council for Scholastic last year.  Finally, I have a strong background in social justice, human & women’s rights, diversity, and inclusion. The interface between human rights and the arts is powerful, with each protecting and advancing the causes of the other.

Creativity Network Chair-Elect

April Dennis

Program Director, Future Program Solving Program International

April Dennis is the Program Director of Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI).  With a background in advanced curriculum and highly engaging learning techniques, April enjoys being part of a student-driven organization designed to promote student leadership.  April fills multiple roles providing quality educational services in both the U.S. and internationally.

Prior to FPSPI, April earned her National Board certification while teaching elementary school, including 13 years in gifted.

An active member of NAGC, SENG, and World Council for Gifted Children, April has presented numerous sessions at these conferences.  She serves as NAGC co-coordinator of Creativity Night and prior Membership Chair for Creativity Network.  April desires to continue to support the vision of NAGC by collaborating with members of the Creativity Network as chari-elect and chair.

Curriculum Studies Network Chair

Elissa Brown

Professor in Gifted Education, Hunter College; Director of Hunter College Gifted Center

We have all heard the words “rigor,” “accelerated,” “enriched”, and “differentiated,” in terms of curriculum for gifted learners but, how do we ensure what these terms mean and that this is occurring in gifted programs? I am poised to be Chair of the Curriculum Network, due to my background with the Center for Gifted Education’s curriculum units at the College of William & Mary. I have been a teacher of the gifted, a district program coordinator, a principal of a specialized high school, a state director of gifted and always a researcher in curricular models for gifted and talented students. I have worked with multiple states, school districts, teachers, and administrators on how to use and flex curriculum, while honoring state standards, in ways that are advantageous for gifted learners. I am honored to represent your needs and efforts in aligning NAGC priorities with yours with regard to curriculum.

Curriculum Studies Network Chair-Elect

Emily Mofield

Lead Consulting Teacher for Gifted Education, Sumner County Schools, TN

Opportunity.  We are in the business of providing opportunities for students to develop their talents to the fullest.  Curriculum is opportunity.  When students are exposed to in-depth advanced content and construct conceptual meaning from experience, they are put on a trajectory to accomplish the highest levels of achievement.  My vision for the Curriculum Studies Network is 1) to share best practices in curriculum design through collaboration, communication, and the celebration of effective quality curriculum, and 2) to clearly articulate goals and purposes of gifted curriculum.  Additionally, we should continue to reflect on how current educational trends affect modern curriculum planning while always considering the student as the center of curriculum.  In an era where educators are faced with one initiative after another, we must clearly proclaim a bold vision for developing high-levels of talent through meaningful, relevant, challenging opportunities through quality curriculum.

Early Childhood Network Chair-Elect

Teresa Reddish

Gifted Education Specialist, Gifted Endorsement Instructor, Cobb County School District, GA

It is an honor to serve as Chair-elect for the Early Childhood Network and continue my advocacy for our young, gifted and high-potential learners.  My relationship with NAGC began when I was selected as a Javits-Frasier Scholar in 2010, and has flourished ever since - I am the proud 2015 Harry Passow Award winner!  It is my pleasure to volunteer in various capacities with NAGC, assisting with the Javits-Frasier program as well as the Early Childhood Network.  As an elementary gifted specialist, I know how important it is to address equity issues in those first years of school – promoting equal access to engaging, challenging curriculum for young learners from all backgrounds.  I know the value of providing support to teachers who recognize potential giftedness in children from under-represented groups, helping them draw out and nurture those abilities.  This is what I see as the mission of the Early Childhood Network. 

Global Awareness Network Chair-Elect

Kelly Parks

Gifted & Talented Specialist, Conrad Ball & Walt Clark Middle Schools, Loveland,CO

Navigating my own gifted experience growing up birthed my, nearly decade long gifted education career. NAGC provides vital support to members and reciprocating this for others is my goal. As current Program Chair of Global Awareness I’m eager to expand my leadership role. I intend to revitalize the implementation of our network vision while connecting generations together.  For me, Global Awareness remind us all about the interconnectedness and vastness of humanity; each facet dependent on others to thrive and flourish. When components of systems work together and honor their interdependence with respect and grace, an endless cycle of learning, life, and hope is created. As Chair-Elect of Global Awareness, I shall foster action to support our members and gifted children in discovering self-awareness as global citizens and self-actualizing to become empathetic, empowered people creating positive change in our world while honoring the wisdom of our past.

GLBTQ Network Chair-Elect

Paul James (PJ) Sedillo

Assistant Professor / Special Education-Gifted, New Mexico Highlands University

Dr. PJ Sedillo, Assistant Professor at NMHU has been a GLBTQ advocate for 30 years in NM. He served as President for Albuquerque Pride for 21 years where he grew the event from 1000 spectators to 10,000 with a budget of $1500.00 to $12,500.00.  He obtained verbiage for non-discrimination for sexual orientation for all Albuquerque teachers’ contracts. He and his husband became the first same-sex couple in the U.S. to obtain full spousal benefits from a public school system. As the Network’s Communication Chair he produced 4 newsletters, and spearheaded two Friday Night Events at NAGC known as “Drag Bingo” raising over $1000.000 for local Gay/Straight Alliances. His vision for this Network is to ensure positive promotion. Building on recent strides made by the GLBTQ SIG, he envisions this network to become more pro-active in order to become a voice for GLBTQ Gifted individuals who cannot speak for themselves.

Research & Evaluation Network Chair-Elect

Hope E. (Bess) Wilson

Associate Professor, University of North Florida

I have served the Research and Evaluation Network in various roles (including: Program Chair, Secretary, Communication Chair, Membership Chair, Awards Chair, and Graduate Student Representative) since 2008. In addition, I served NAGC as a member of both the Publications Committee and the Development Committee and as the chair of the Arts Network (term ending in 2016). Thus, I look forward to continuing my service to this group through leadership of the network.  I will work to provide greater visibility to the work that our network does (including the Did You Know? Columns, Research Gala, Dissertation Awards, and Signature Sessions). I will also bring my experience as past chair of the Arts Network to work with NAGC staff and board to ensure that the unique needs of researchers within are field are met through the annual conference program and benefits provided through membership in the organization.

Special Populations Network Chair-Elect

Michelle Frazier Trotman Scott

Associate Professor, University of West Georgia

The Special Populations Network (SPN) is charged with creating, compiling, and disseminating resources, and with developing collaborative teams, and serving as advocates for underserved and under-represented special populations of gifted children. My vision for the SPN is to continue and increase opportunities for SPN members to meet its charge by collaborating and advocating via presentations, webinars, publications, and other equity-oriented endeavors. I also envision recruitment and retention of a diverse group of people who can collaborate to achieve common goals. In my experience as a leader within professional associations, universities, state organizations, schools and local communities, I realize that it takes a multitude of people to affect positive and sustainable change.  As Chair-elect,  I plan to continue serving with current SPN and NAGC leaders to inspire SPN members to proactively ask questions, collectively make decisions, and effectively work together to ensure equitable services for gifted children who have been marginalized.

Special Schools & Programs Network Chair-Elect

Lynette Breedlove

Director, The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, Bowling Green, KY

The Special Schools and Programs Network provides an important perspective to NAGC and the broader field of gifted education. Network members represent varied examples of how to serve gifted and talented students. This network can provide proven strategies, programs and settings that may lead to innovation in traditional public school settings where the majority of gifted and talented students are served. As someone who worked in a traditional school setting for the majority of my career, then established a school for highly gifted students within a public district, and now leads a special school, I see great value in connecting special schools/programs leaders with leaders in traditional settings. The network can also contribute by working with the Parent and Community Network (and others) to inform parents and the field of innovative ways to serve gifted and talented students.