The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) has named Michelle Gay a 2016 Javits-Frasier Scholar. Gay is a Gifted specialist at Foley Elementary School in Foley.
The Javits-Frasier Scholars Program recognizes passionate, innovative educators who work in districts that serve students from low-income and minority populations that are historically underrepresented in gifted education.
“High-achieving children in poverty and from minority groups are two and half times less likely to be identified for, and served in gifted programs at school,” said M. René Islas, NAGC Executive Director.
“Educators like Michelle are leaders and a voice for these gifted and talented children who have unique learning needs.”
“I was grateful and honored to be selected as a scholar because I know it will give me the opportunity to gain strategies and methods to use when identifying and teaching students from underrepresented populations,” said Gay.
The Javits-Frasier Scholars networked with, and learned from, other teachers and leaders in gifted education at the NAGC 63rd Annual Convention at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Florida recently.
“NAGC is committed to providing opportunities and resources to better understand and serve gifted children,” said Islas. “The Javits-Frasier program is an investment in professional learning for educators across our nation.”
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is a membership organization whose mission is to support those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building, and research.