Advocate for the Gifted Award

2014 TAGT State Advocate for the Gifted
TAGT has selected Kimberley Barber Davis as the 2014 TAGT State Advocate for the Gifted for her outstanding efforts in advocacy for gifted education.

Kimberley Barber Davis is the founder and past president of SAGE, a Grapevine Colleyville area G/T parent group, she serves as a parent liaison on her district’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Council, and is in her third year as a trustee on the Grapevine Colleyville ISD school board, where she currently serves as Vice President. During her term she has championed personalized learning, measurable growth, subject acceleration, and the formation of schools of choice such as ASPIRE Academy for Highly Gifted Students, iUniversity Prep, Collegiate Academy and two STEM schools. At the state level, she serves as Member Development Coordinator for the TAGT Parent and Community Advocates Division and was a member of the rebrand task force for TAGT. After the passage of House Bill 5, she worked with TEA as a G/T consultant on a training video for trustees and filmed a TAGT PSA for the annual conference. She has presented at TAGT and school board conferences as well as numerous local events.

Barber Davis has been actively involved on her children’s campuses as well, including Destination Imagination Co-manager, Volunteer Coordinator, Community Liaison, Junior Achievement Liaison, Grade Level Coordinator and Homeroom Parent and helped to create a newly formed parent group for E.A. Young Academy. She has been a non-profit marketing and social responsibility consultant for 13 years and previously served as Vice President of Marketing for United Way of Dallas. Barber Davis is a graduate of TCU and is honored to accept this award in her hometown. She lives in Grapevine with her husband, Ian, and their three children.

Past Recipients

2013 Susan K. Johnsen Baylor University
2012 Todd Kettler University of North Texas
2011 Sandra Spivey El Paso ISD
2010 Len Avecilla Keller
2009 Dr. Betty McIlvain Carroll ISD
2008 Nancy Hoover Canutillo ISD


About the TAGT Advocate for the Gifted Award
The TAGT State Advocate for the Gifted is honored at the TAGT Annual Conference. He/she receives a plaque, a lifetime TAGT membership valued at $500, in addition to a two-day complementary registration and two nights of hotel accommodations at a conference hotel.

The TAGT Advocate for the Gifted demonstrates a commitment to gifted education by:

  • Providing distinguished support for gifted students among key educational administrators and policy maker;
  • Contributing time and effort in support of the education of gifted individuals;
  • Promoting practices that benefit all gifted children;
  • Impacting gifted education at the local, regional and state levels; and
  • Encouraging shared leadership and participation among other parents, professionals and/or community leaders.

Area Winners
Area winners will be announced by mid-August and will be presented with an award at the TAGT Award Program held during the Annual Conference, December 3-5 in Fort Worth. All area winners are encouraged to attend the TAGT Annual Conference but attendance is not required. Please note that TAGT does not cover area winner registration or related travel expenses.

Please return the nomination form and all supplemental materials to Lisa Varner at