A panel of experts – moderated by Ashley Gross, KNKX education reporter

Postponed until fall – more information soon

Does your child ask complex questions and think about bigger issues that most children her age? Is he ready for more challenge; bored because school is too easy? Is your child highly sensitive and intuitive – worried about world issues with an intensity beyond her years? Does he have a sense of humor that makes adults laugh, but sails over the heads of kids his age. 

Gifted/highly capable children learn more quickly than other kids their age. They also grow and develop on a timeline that is different from typical children. If they are to thrive, they need a school environment that supports their academic growth, as well as their social, emotional and developmental needs. 

Our panel of regional gifted education experts discuss what highly capable kids need at school.  Whether you are a parent, grandparent or educator, whether your child has been identified as highly capable, or you are wondering what this “gifted” term means, this discussion is for you. 

Seabury Spring Speaker Series

Presented by University of Puget Sound

Expert Panel Discussion: "Your Gifted Child at School"

Thursday, April 30, at 6 p.m.
The Rotunda at Wheelock Student Center, University of Puget Sound

FREE, but tickets required. Reservation link coming soon.


Ashley Gross, KNKX public radio youth and education reporter

In July 2017, Ashley Gross became KNKX's youth and education reporter after years of covering the business and labor beat. She joined the station in May 2012 and previously worked five years at WBEZ in Chicago, where she reported on business and the economy.

The Panel

Jen Flo, incoming president of WAETAG 

Jen Flo is the incoming president of WAETAG (Washington Association of Educators of the Talented and Gifted) and was last year’s conference coordinator.  She provides professional development in gifted education for Educational Service District 113 in Olympia and is a former gifted program teacher in Olympia School District.

Barbara Mitchell Hutton, NOVA head of school

Barbara Mitchell Hutton is head of school at NOVA, an independent school for gifted middle schoolers in Olympia. Barbara is a member of the Columbus Group and an advocate for child centered gifted education. She was head of school at the Rocky Mountain School for the Gifted and Highly Creative in Colorado. She is a regular presenter at NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children).

Jody Hess, OSPI program supervisor

Jody is the Highly Capable Program specialist for Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OPSI). She is responsible for the state receiving a Jacob K. Javits grant to create training modules for educators on gifted education. Those modules are now available to all teachers in the state who want to learn more about how to best identify and serve highly capable students. Jody was public school gifted teacher, principal and program director.

Dr. Amy Prezbindowski, licensed psychologist

Dr. Amy Prezbindowski has been a licensed psychologist in Washington since 2003. She specializes in working with children and teens with “developmental differences,” those diagnosed with intellectual disability, autism, and/or who are identified as highly capable. She is also the parent of two highly capable children, one of whom is a Davidson Young Scholar and one of whom is twice exceptional. Dr. Prezbindowski is also a strong advocate for highly capable programming in the public schools and is currently serving her 12th year on the board of the Academic Booster Club, the nonprofit organization of parents who support the highly capable programs in the Puyallup school district.

Sandi Wollum, head of Seabury School
Sandi Wollum is head of Seabury School, an independent school that serves gifted children from pre-k through eighth grade. Before coming to Seabury, Sandi spent nearly 20 years in Sumner School District, including teaching in the self-contained elementary gifted program and serving as district gifted program coordinator. Sandi has a gifted son and serves on the WAETAG board.  



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