TAGT is seeking nominations for the 2013 Parent of the Gifted Award!
Potential honorees can be self-nominated or nominated by others. Contributions to the gifted community can only be recognized if we have nominations, so nominate a fellow parent or yourself! The nomination deadline is May 24.
About the TAGT Parent of the Gifted Award
The TAGT Parent of the Gifted Award is presented to one parent from each of five geographic areas in recognition of outstanding service, contribution and commitment to gifted education. The five area winners will be considered for the TAGT State Parent of the Gifted Award. Members of the TAGT Membership Involvement Committee will review the nomination materials of area award winners. From that pool, TAGT selects the State Parent of the Year.
The TAGT State Parent of the Gifted is honored at the TAGT Annual Conference. He/she receives a plaque, a two-day complementary registration, two nights of hotel accommodations, and a lifetime membership to TAGT, valued at $500.
- Completed two page nomination form.
Optional Information (used to strengthen the nomination)
- Up to three additional letters of recommendation (recommended: one from a student, a parent and an educator).
The TAGT Parent of the Gifted demonstrates a commitment to gifted education by:
- Contributing time and effort in support of the education of gifted individuals;
- Promoting practices that benefit all gifted children;
- Advocating on behalf of gifted children at the local, regional and state levels;
- Encouraging shared leadership and participation among other parents, professionals and/or community leaders.
Area winners will be announced by July 15 and will be presented with an award at the TAGT Award Program held during the Annual Conference, December 4-6 in Houston. 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.
If you have questions or comments, please contact Lisa Varner at email@example.com.
TAGT Geographic Areas
TAGT has designated five Geographic Areas based on the Texas Education Agency’s service regions.
2012 TAGT State Parent of the Gifted
TAGT has selected Tracy Fisher of Coppell ISD as the 2012 TAGT State Parent of the Gifted for her outstanding efforts advocating on behalf of gifted children. A mother of two gifted sons, she got involved in education early as a parent serving on a local elementary campus site-based committee before her children began kindergarten.
Tracy’s passion for “raising the ceiling” in education led her to found the Coppell Gifted Association (CGA) more than six years ago. CGA is a model parent group in the state with consistently more than 600 members. The key to the success of CGA is in its leadership depth. Members joke about not getting into Tracy’s car or else they will end up in a leadership role at CGA. She currently serves in the legislative position of the organization communicating state information applicable to gifted. She also founded CGA’s MOSAIC summer enrichment where students receive local enrichment and every dollar earned goes to send educators in Coppell ISD to training on gifted education. To date, nearly 200 educators have received scholarships.
Due to her tremendous time and energies toward the gifted, in December of 2011 Tracy was appointed as the “Parent Advocate” member of the TAGT Board of Directors where she also serves on the #gtchat advisory committee and as chair of the new Parent Division of TAGT. In May, Tracy was elected to serve on the school board in Coppell ISD. TAGT is honored to add the 2012 TAGT State Parent of the Gifted Award to her accolades.
2012 TAGT Area Parent of the Gifted Awardees
|Stacia Taylor||Klein ISD||Gulf Coast Area|
|Janae Leeann McClure||Austin ISD||Hill Country Area|
|Tracy Fisher||Coppell ISD||Piney Woods/Prairie Area|
|Marc Wetzel||McDonald Observatory||Mountains and Basins Area|
TAGT congratulates each of our awardees and recognizes their outstanding work and dedication to meeting the unique needs of gifted and talented individuals.
|2012||Tracy Fisher||Coppell ISD|
|2011||Andrea Badot||Humble ISD|
|2010||Viji Annapragada||Pearland ISD|
|2009||Janet Hale||Park Cities-TAG|
|2008||Mary Lovell||Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD|
|2007||Diana Cooley||Garland ISD|
|2006||Sharla Garcia||Waco ISD|
|2005||Nina Martin Hunt||Marfa ISD|
|2004||Lisa Nicholas||Tomball ISD|
|2003||Dr. Eileen Garza||Tomball ISD|
|2002||Joan Gordon||Borger ISD|
|2001||Joanna Baleson||Clear Creek ISD|
|2000||Allissa Cardiff||Boerne ISD|
|1999||Robert Snow||El Paso ISD|
|1998||Catherine Alred||Ector County ISD|
|1997||Don Denniston||San Angelo ISD|
|1996||Raymond “Rick” Peters||HEB ISD|
|1995||Clay Boyd||Round Rock ISD|
|1994||Colleen Elam||Fort Bend ISD|
|1993||Johanna Craig||Katy ISD|
|1992||Myrtis Smith||Tyler ISD|
- TAGT Administrator of the Gifted
- TAGT Advocate of the Gifted
- TAGT Teacher of the Gifted
- TAGT Rising Star Teacher of the Gifted