2017 Board of Director Election Ballot Poll
2017 NCAGT Election Ballot
Must be received by February 18, 2017
The NCAGT Board of Directors is comprised of twelve directors, elected for terms of two years. Members of the Association must elect six new members annually. Brief sketches of each candidate for the 2017-2019 terms appear below by category. Electing our leadership is one of the most important responsibilities we have as members of NCAGT.
Candidates for the NCAGT Board of Directors
Dana Hollifield is teacher and AIG Coordinator in the Mitchell County Schools. “I have served on the NCAGT Board for four years, and currently serve as Chair of the Advocacy Committee. In the past years, I have presented sessions on advocacy at the state conference, as well as the 2016 NAGC Convention in Orlando. In collaboration with other board members, we have set up an advocacy email list and have contacted both federal and state elected officials to support gifted students and programming. I have written several briefs to appear in the NCAGT newsletter in order to keep our membership informed on advocacy issues. Serving on the NCAGT Board has allowed me to consistently and effectively advocate for gifted education. The involvement has been both professionally and personally fulfilling.”
Alissa Griffith retired as a teacher in gifted education and currently works with the AIG Licensure Program at Duke University as a lecturing fellow. “I have served on the NCAGT Board for four years and co-chaired two state conferences and currently serve on the Executive Committee as the NCAGT Secretary. I have advocated for gifted education by distributing NCAGT’s white paper at the North Carolina Legislature and have written congressional representatives regarding the need for appropriate programming and funding for gifted learners in our state. Through active involvement on the NCAGT Board, I find a “home” for my passion for gifted education and promises.”
Dr. Angela Kern is an associate Professor of Education at Pfeiffer University. She teaches elementary methods and gifted education licensure classes. She served on the NCAGT Board for the past 2 years, most recently on the Bylaws Committee and Chair of the Communication Committee. “I have enjoyed the high standards set forth by my colleagues to help promote gifted education in North Carolina. Serving on the Bylaws Committee has allowed me a deeper understanding of the workings of the board. Serving as Chair of the Communications Committee has brought forth a new appreciation for any and all who put together the newsletter. I have upheld my duties to the board by attending all required meetings, state conferences, attending the last national conference, and helping to promote gifted education in surrounding school districts. My personal passion is from the viewpoint of a parent. I am a parent of a gifted child, identified in both reading and math but truly gifted in music. I am interested in how parents, teachers, and schools continue to foster creativity in a standard based world.”
Dibrelle Tourret is the Executive Director for Academically Gifted (a position which encompasses gifted service K-12 as well as college) in the Guilford County Public Schools. She served on the NCAGT Board for the past two years. “Working at the district level has been an eye-opening experience as it has allowed me to discover disparity of opportunity that too many students face on a daily basis which leads necessarily to stark underachievement. At the same time, I am uncomfortably aware of the numerous high-ability students who are wilting in the classroom from lack of stimulation and challenge. More importantly, my department works tirelessly to provide professional development, coaching and curriculum for those teachers who work most closely with the students themselves. I want to continue to be part of the planning and support for these ventures and others, including potential pertinent professional development opportunities for AIG advocates across the state. My participation on the NCAGT Board has grounded me, reminding me that there are statewide efforts in place for gifted students.”
Ari Anne Pieper is currently the Associate Director for Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy and has taught numerous mathematically gifted students in grades 4 through 12. “I began working at the Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy as a math teacher for students in grades 5 through 8. My prior teaching experience has been at the high school level and I therefore felt prepared to teach the content at this school. I assumed that I could use the same materials and techniques that I used with high school students. I quickly made some discoveries about my gifted middle school students. First, they could fly through assignments that I had used with 11th and 12th graders. Secondly, they craved the need to discuss things with me and each other often at inappropriate times. Lastly, I realized they were still little kids even if they could think big thoughts. I realized that I needed to do everything differently because my academically gifted students both learned and behaved differently that any students that I had ever encountered. Thus, I completed my master’s degree in Gifted Education and have presented some of my projects and ideas at the NCAGT conference. I am interested in serving on the NCAGT Board to connect with other professionals and to stay abreast with current research in the field.”
Dr. Mary Slade is professor and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at Winthrop University. She has taught gifted education for 25 years at the college level after teaching K-5 for 5 years. She served two terms on the NAGC Board. “After 23 years in higher education, I recently make the decision to return to the AIG classroom for 18 months. While working in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as a Catalyst teacher in grades K-5, I had the experience of practicing what I preach. In August of this year, I returned to higher education at Winthrop University. My understanding of the gifted learner’s needs and those of the AIG teacher is current and relevant. Spending the past year and one-half as an AIG teacher has renewed my dedication and passion for gifted education. I understand the challenges for today’s AIG teacher and the support they deserve. I believe that serving on the NCAGT Board would allow me to continue to advocate and serve gifted education in North Carolina with relevant and current sense of the work that remains to be done.”
Michael Elder is Director of Academic Innovation and Gifted Services in Onslow County Public Schools. Currently, he serves on the NCAGT Board as an ex-officio member through a Presidential Appointment. Michael taught 4th and 5th grade for ten years where his school district implemented elements of Renzulli’s School-Wide Enrichment Model. “Through that experience I learned a great deal regarding the needs and desires of gifted students and earned my gifted licensure. In my current role as director in my district, I find that the better I understand the current trends in education, the better I am able to position gifted to be considered in conversations. I have the ability to bring the perspective of someone who is trying to equip gifted specialists, to guide policy making, to develop strategic planning, to address parent concerns, and to connect gifted services with other district initiatives. Serving on the NCAGT Board as an ex-officio member this past year has allowed me to learn about the current direction of the field of gifted education and how things are moving forward in North Carolina.”
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