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Auerbacher, Inge

Inge Auerbacher was born in Kippenheim, Germany, and she is a child survivor of the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. She studied chemistry at Queens College of the City University …

Ault, Jennifer

Jennifer Ault has spent her career working in the field of giftedness. As an editor, she has worked on the books of some of the most eminent figures in gifted …

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Baum, Susan

Susan Baum
Susan Baum, Ph.D., is co-director of the International Center for Talent Development and director of the National Institute for 2E Research and Development at Bridges Academy. Professor Emeritus from …

Bensen, Vidabeth

Vidabeth Bensen studied art in graduate school at Brooklyn College and later taught high school art in Brooklyn and on Long Island, New York. She spent more than two decades …

Birchak, Stephen

Stephen Birchak, Ph.D., (affectionately known as “Dr. Bird”) is a widely-known authority and speaker in the field of positive psychology who spent forty years in higher education. Educated at …

Black, Robert

Robert Black grew up in Indianapolis, where his parents were both high school math teachers. He attended Park Tudor School in Indianapolis (where his parents taught) from kindergarten through high …

Briggs, Asa

Asa Briggs, Lord Briggs of Lewes, (1921-2016) was a renowned historian. He is the author of a trilogy of books about the social history in the Victorian era in England.

Briggs, Susan

Susan Briggs studied politics, philosophy, and economics at Oxford University. She has written two social history books about Britain, one of which is a history of the BBC until the …

Butler, W. Barkley

W. Barkley Butler is a biologist and Professor Emeritus at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that he was head of the Biochemistry Laboratory of the Michigan Cancer Foundation. He …

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Champion, Barbara

Barbara Champion has a degree in interpreting and has been working with special needs children since 1999, both through her work and with her own family. Her students include those who …

Chris, Jerry

Jerry Chris, Ed.D., taught English, humanities, and Theory of Knowledge in Southern California for forty years. Throughout his career, he specialized in the extremes of the student ability spectrum— …

Claassens-Hopstaken, Saskia

Saskia Claassens-Hopstaken is a life coach, trainer, and author in The Netherlands, where she writes books that aim to teach young gifted children strategies for coping with their overexcitabilities and …

Crawford, Brian

Brian Crawford is a teacher who has taught students at all levels from sixth grade to college undergraduate. He received his undergraduate degree in French and German from the University …

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de la Garza, Phyllis

Phyllis de la Garza is an award-winning author of more than a dozen published books, both fiction and nonfiction, about the Old West. She is a book reviewer for True …

DeSiano, Michael

Michael DeSiano holds a Ph.D. in creative arts from New York University, as well as a degree in mechanical engineering. However, his zeal for art led to a life …

Dodge, Laurel

Laurel Dodge has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and anthropology and a master’s degree in environmental studies. As a naturalist/instructor, she developed and delivered wildlife education …

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Ellis, Leanne Statland

Leanne Statland Ellis is a teacher of the gifted in Lincolnwood, Illinois. She is a talented musician and has a master’s degree in education. Among her most exciting teaching …

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Faigen, Anne

Anne Faigen has a B.A. in creative writing and a graduate degree in literature. She enjoyed a rewarding career teaching high school and college courses in literature and writing …

Finn, John Michael

John Michael Finn was a professor of physics at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. When he was a graduate student, he was drafted and sent with the …

Fiore, C. A.

Carmen Anthony Fiore held a B.S. in commerce from Rider University and an M.Ed. from Rutgers University. He was a social worker and later a public schoolteacher and …

Fisher, Linda C.

Linda C. Fisher spent her career teaching junior high and high school English. Her depth of knowledge and enjoyment of the works of William Shakespeare led her to write two …

Fontenay, Charles L.

Charles L. Fontenay (1917-2007) was a famous American journalist, newspaper editor, and science fiction writer. Among his many science fiction stories and novellas is an award-winning series of eighteen novels …

Forshag, Barbara

Barbara Forshag grew up in New Orleans and later taught language arts and history in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana. She achieved National Board Certification and was named 2001 Louisiana Teacher of …

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Gallagher, James J.

James J. Gallagher (1926-2014) spent a lifetime advocating for gifted and exceptional children. He made numerous vital contributions to educational policy on state, national, and international levels. From 1967 to 1970, he …

Gallagher, Shelagh A.

Dr. Shelagh Gallagher is an internationally recognized and award-winning expert in gifted education and problem-based learning. Her problem-based learning units have won multiple NAGC curriculum awards. In fact, the National …

Gatto-Walden, Patricia

Patricia Gatto-Walden, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized licensed psychologist who has worked with moderately, highly, and profoundly gifted individuals of all ages. In her consulting practice, she has specialized …

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Haroutounian, Joanne

Joanne Haroutounian, Ph.D., enjoys a career across the fields of music, arts education, piano pedagogy, educational psychology, and gifted education as a teacher, performer, researcher, lecturer, writer, and consultant. …

Helmuth, Willard

Willard Helmuth, M.D., is a pediatrician and the medical director of the Union County (North Carolina) Health Department, where he is in charge of the programs for immunizations and …

Humphrey, Sandra McLeod

Sandra McLeod Humphrey was a clinical psychologist, a character education consultant, and an award-winning author of eight middle-grade and young adult books. She had more than thirty-five years of experience …

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Kallas, John

John Kallas, Ph.D., the son of Greek parents, was steeped in the immigrant experience. As a boy growing up in Newark, Jew Jersey, he shined shoes, sold newspapers, and …

Kane, Michele

Michele Kane, Ed.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education and the coordinator of the Master of Arts in Gifted Education Program at Northeastern Illinois University …

Kaye, Sharon

Sharon Kaye, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, she was a Killam postdoctoral fellow …

Kemnitz, Milton N.

Milton N. Kemnitz (1911-2005) was an artist and an early civil rights and union activist. He was born in Detroit on March 31, 1911, and his interest in automobiles began at an …

Kemnitz, Myrna

Myrna Kemnitz has had a distinguished career in education, beginning as a classroom English teacher and rising to directorships of district-wide state and federally funded programs. She has partnered with …

Kemnitz, Thomas Milton

Thomas M. Kemnitz, Ph.D., is the founder and president of Royal Fireworks Press. He is also a historian and the author of many books for students. He has traveled …

Klass, Ingrid

Ingrid Klass holds a Master’s in the History of Religion from the University of Chicago, with a focus in South Asian philosophy and languages (Sanskrit and Pali). Her B. …

Krause, Kristin

Dr. Kristin Krause is a teacher and a biologist. She holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in biology. After earning her doctorate from Dartmouth College, she was …

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Lane, Kenneth A.

Kenneth A. Lane, O.D., was raised in the Philadelphia area and served for four years in the Marine Corps after graduating from high school. He graduated from the University …

Lively, Aubrey

Aubrey Lively has a bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of Dallas and a Master of Education in teaching from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has …

Loe, Steve

Steve Loe received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. He has worked as an English teacher, associate principal, and principal. He and …

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McAnallen, Rachel

Known simply as Ms. Math to children across the country, Dr. Rachel McAnallen has devoted her life to sharing the joy and beauty of mathematics with learners of all ages. …

McCall, Edith

Edith McCall taught for many years and worked as a reading consultant in elementary schools in La Grange, Illinois. During that time, she developed a strong interest in the people …

McIntosh, Jason

Jason McIntosh received his doctorate in gifted, talented, and creative studies at Purdue University, with research interests in program evaluation and curriculum development for gifted learners. Prior to his doctoral …

McKinnell, Patti

Patti McKinnell is the founder of The Logan School for Creative Learning, located in Denver, Colorado, whose mission is “to cultivate the curiosities of gifted children.” Her book One School, …

Mull, David Kenneth

David Kenneth Mull is a native of Ohio and taught in the Akron Public School system for thirty years. He has run a dozen marathons, has ridden in more than …

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Neville, Christine S.

Christine S. Neville, Ed.D., works as an advocate for highly gifted children through the Cheetah Project. She has worked at all levels of public schools, beginning as a classroom …

Novak, Jordan P.

Jordan P. Novak is a children’s book author and illustrator living in New York’s Hudson Valley. She started making her own picture books as a hobby in kindergarten …

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Peterson, Esther Allen

Esther Allen Peterson is the author of several books, the first of which won a Christopher Award. She became interested in the lives of the original homesteaders in America when …

Piechowski, Michael M.

Michael M. Piechowski, Ph.D., received his M.Sc. in plant physiology from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, his hometown in Poland. After a year of study in Belgium, he …

Postma, Michael

Michael Postma, Ed.D., is a consultant, speaker, and author dedicated to the holistic development of both gifted and twice-exceptional children through his company Agility Educational Solutions. During the last …

Purvis, David

David Purvis, Ph.D., is a university academic and a classroom teacher dedicated to improving and energizing science teaching for children. Known as “Dr. Dave,” he has taught science to …

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Raven, John

John Raven is one of the world’s most original thinkers in education. He is the author of The Tragic Illusion: Educational Testing, Managing Education for Effective Schooling, The New …

Ricci, Dorothy

Dorothy Ricci, Ph.D., taught history and foreign language in Milford, Connecticut, and is an alumna of the summer program of the Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies in Mystic, …

Risby, Bonnie

Bonnie Risby is a former teacher of high school French and English, junior high school English, science, math, and history, and gifted and talented education at the middle school level. …

Risby II, Robert K.

Robert K. Risby II teamed up with his mother Bonnie in 1988 to create a successful series of reproducible materials for primary learners. He also won the Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice …

Roeper, Annemarie

Annemarie Roeper. Ed.D., (1918–2012) was an intrepid pioneer in the field of gifted education, with a focus on the emotional development of each child’s unique individual Self. An educational …

Rounds, Cody

Cody Rounds works with people of all ages on building life skills through mindfulness techniques. After graduating from The College of New Jersey, she began working with individuals on controlling …

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Seron, Jen

Jen Seron is a homeschooling parent and experienced teacher who lives in New York City. She has worked across all sectors and has a diverse educational background that includes a …

Shaw, J. M.

Jim Shaw has a B.S. in education and an M.Ed. in guidance and counseling from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He was an English teacher and a …

Sisk, Dorothy A.

Dorothy A. Sisk holds a Ph.D. from California Coast University, an Ed.D. from UCLA, an M.A. from the University of California, Long Beach, and a B.A. …

Smutny, Joan Franklin

Joan Franklin Smutny, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Gifted, a Northern Illinois University Partner, and Director of the Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity. She directs programs for …

Spielhagen, Frances R.

Frances R. Spielhagen, Ph.D., is Professor of Education, co-founder, and co-director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Development at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, New York. She served …

Sullivan, Paul

Paul Sullivan grew up learning to love nature, travel, and books. In the 1980s, he traveled to South America, Central America, Europe, Africa, and the Arctic. He kept notes and …

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Thal, Michael

Michael Thal grew up on Long Island in the suburbs of New York City. After graduating from the University of Buffalo, he earned his master’s degree in education at …

Thompson, Michael Clay

Michael Clay Thompson spent thirty years as a classroom teacher, middle school head, and academic. Now he is an author and a consultant, and he still teaches English language arts …

Thompson, Myriam Borges

Myriam Borges Thompson, Ph.D., a native Spanish-speaker from San Juan, Puerto Rico, is an educator, a researcher of Latin American literature and history, and a writer. After a long …

Tice, Christopher

Christopher Tice is an artist and an illustrator. He has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the SUNY Plattsburgh and is the principal illustrator at Royal Fireworks Press. …

Tolan, Stephanie S.

Stephanie S. Tolan is an award-winning author and a passionate advocate for the rights of gifted children and adults. One of the original members of the Columbus Group, she helped …

Townsend, Tom

Tom Townsend is a writer, a historian, and a film producer. He is one of the best-known authors of young adult fiction, and many of his books are used in …

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Valentine, Deborah

Deborah Valentine is a former teacher and newspaper correspondent. She has written more than 500 feature and news articles and numerous children’s stories, which she uses in her author-in-residence programs …

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Warren, Sandra

Sandra Warren is an award-winning author and educator who has written books and articles in magazines, journals, and newspapers on a range of topics, including gifted education, parenting, educational activity …

White, Willard L.

Willard L. White, Ph.D., is a teacher trainer in gifted education, a consultant to school districts in program development and developing curricula for gifted and advanced students, a presenter …

Whitney, Carol Strip

Carol Strip Whitney, Ph.D., is the founder and instructor for Gifted Education Services of Ohio, which serves gifted children in grades K-12. She also started the first Highly Gifted …

Williams, Carol Ann

Carol Ann Williams has channeled her lifelong fascination with the presence of mathematics in art, music, and nature into a rewarding career in education. Her passion led her to roles …

Wyatt, Leslie J.

Leslie J. Wyatt is a two-time graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. A member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), she served as 2010 SCBWI …

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