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Elise Heathman Memorial Volunteer of The Year Award, Melissa Furman.

May 21, 2010 – Katy, Texas – The Katy Parents of Gifted & Talented Students (KPGT) event calendar was full of opportunities this spring which offered star gazing, distinguished guest speakers and student workshops and rounded off the year electing new board members and announcing its Elise Heathman Memorial Volunteer of The Year Award.

The popular April star gazing event led into the much anticipated visit by special guest Dr. James Delisle at the end of that month. Dr. Delisle conducted student workshops for junior and senior high gifted students offering them guidance and encouragement for growing up gifted. Dr. Delisle also presented a talk to parents, “Parenting Gifted Kids: Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Children,” which hit upon many characteristics of parenting gifted children including embracing, encouraging and supporting personal intensities.

The school year’s events concluded May 3 with the annual KPGT membership meeting where board members were voted into office: Linda Kubena, President; VP Advisory, Lisa Lyons; Cindy Severin, Secretary. Current board members include: Len Thomas, VP Membership;  Natalie Newton, Treasurer; At-Large members Sharon Mata, Susan Sweeney, Melissa Furman, Youllonda Driver; KISD Representative Alene Lindley. After brief organizational business, guest speaker Tracy Weinberg, Associate Director of TAGT (Texas Association of Gifted & Talented) enlightened the audience with highlights to the Texas State Plan for gifted education. Earlier in the day, Mr. Weinberg presented the Texas Education Plan at a luncheon to KISD area superintendents, curriculum administration, school board members and KPGT board members.

The evening had yet one more important agenda item: to announce the KPGT Elisa Heathman Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award. For her untiring service to the KISD GT community by heading up the Super Saturday 2010 event and serving as KPGT’s Vice President of Programs, the KPGT board unanimously agreed to award this award to Melissa Furman.

Dr. Delisle and Tracy weinberg’s presentation videos and handouts are available on KPGT’s website, www.kpgt.org. To support and get involved with the KISD gifted community, visit the KPGT website to download a membership form, sign up for email newsletters and view the event calendar. For information about KPGT or TAGT visit www.kpgt.org or www.txgifted.org.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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