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 in Chicago, as well as a member of the Illinois State Board of Education Gifted Advisory Council. She is an active member of state and national gifted organizations, a past president of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children, and a past chair of the Global Awareness Network of the National Association for Gifted Children. As a presenter for state, national, and international conferences, Michele’s professional work focuses on the life stories of gifted individuals, especially the affective aspects of giftedness, including social/emotional, spiritual, and creative dimensions. The Illinois Association for Gifted Children named her the 2017 winner of its Bonnie Park Leadership Legacy Award. Michele received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction at Loyola University in Chicago. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on gifted education. She is the author of Planting Seeds of Mindfulness and a contributor to Off the Charts.