TAGT Awards

TAGT honors outstanding individuals who have demonstrated commitment to the gifted community in Texas through an annual statewide awards program. TAGT recognizes exceptional support of gifted education in five categories: Teacher of the Gifted, Rising Star Teacher of the Gifted, Administrator of the Gifted, Advocate for the Gifted and Parent of the Gifted. The awards are presented in recognition of service, contribution and commitment to gifted education. This is a great opportunity to have outstanding service in Texas districts and schools highlighted by the largest state G/T organization in the nation. One state winner is selected from up to five area award winners, based on geographic delineation.

The 2014 state honorees by category are: 

  • TAGT State Teacher of the Gifted Award is Kelly Barrett, G/T Specialist at Northwest ISD in Justin, TX. Barrett gets to know her students so that she can develop lesson plans to meet their individual needs. She believes in giving her students’ choices and allowing them to be creative so they can be proud of their learning.
  • TAGT State Rising Star Teacher of the Gifted Award is Yvette Cantu, G/T Facilitator at Bowie Elementary and Travis Elementary, San Marcos ISD. Cantu’s classroom allows for creativity and academic content to work together in ways that open up new possibilities for her students.
  • TAGT State Advocate for the Gifted Award is Kimberley Barber Davis, founder of SAGE, a Grapevine Colleyville area G/T parent group and Vice President of the Grapevine Colleyville ISD school board. She advocates for thousands of families of gifted children in the DFW area, helps them find resources and supports gifted educators.
  • TAGT State Administrator of the Gifted Award is Cecelia Boswell, Ed.D., former Executive Director of Advanced Academics in Waco ISD and currently an independent consultant and founder of Austin Creek Educational Systems. While in her position at Waco ISD, Dr. Boswell brought the district up to state compliance for gifted education, designed and opened a middle school for the gifted, provided ongoing training and guidance for teachers, and so much more.
  • TAGT State Parent of the Gifted Award is Bonnie Abadie, a parent advocate for Richardson ISD. Abadie has actively created beneficial opportunities for the families of gifted students in Richardson ISD and has worked to better gifted education in Texas.

Nominees are not required to be members of TAGT; we simply want to recognize outstanding work being done on behalf of the gifted community.

TAGT Awards Night
TAGT will recognize all State and Area Award recipients during the 2014 Annual Conference, December 3-5 in Fort Worth.

TAGT State Awards
Members of the TAGT Membership and Parent Involvement Committee review the nomination materials of all Area Award winners. From that pool, the TAGT State Award Winners are selected in all five categories.

All State Award winners are honored at the TAGT Annual Conference. They receive a plaque, a two-day complementary registration and two nights of hotel accommodations. The TAGT Teacher of the Gifted receives a $1,000 award from the Association. The TAGT Parent of the Gifted, Advocate of the Gifted and Rising Star Teacher of the Gifted each receive a lifetime membership to TAGT, valued at $500.