Sally Krisel, Director of Innovative and Advanced Programs for Hall County Schools in Gainesville, Georgia, begins her term as the Board President of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). Dr. Krisel will officiate her first NAGC Board of Directors meeting later this week in Atlanta.
“I am honored and humbled by my selection as NAGC’s President,” said Dr. Krisel. “For the next two years, my pledge is to use the opportunities I have from that chair to continue to increase availability of high-quality resources to help parents and teachers better understand and guide all gifted and talented children.”
NAGC, founded in 1953, recently committed to a mission to support the growth and development of gifted and talented students by educating teachers, advocating for policies at the federal and state levels, building community, and supporting research on the nature and needs of these students.
Last year, NAGC adopted the Minds. Policies. Practices. strategic framework that articulated the vision of a nation and world where giftedness is fully recognized, universally valued, and actively nurtured so that children from all backgrounds get the support they need to as they reach for their personal best.
“Dr. Krisel’s experience and expertise is deeply rooted in schools, directly serving gifted children and helping teachers and families that support them,” said M. René Islas, NAGC Executive Director. “Over the next five to seven years, NAGC will work to achieve our organization’s vision for gifted children by focusing on transforming minds, policies, and practices.”
Dr. Krisel is dedicated to raising academic standards for all students and leads innovative programming initiatives designed to help teachers recognize and develop the creative and cognitive abilities. During her tenure in Hall County, she helped the district develop 11 charter schools and more than a dozen innovative programs of choice, all with roots in gifted education. Before coming to Hall County, Dr. Krisel served as Georgia’s State Director of Gifted Education, and she continues to serve as part-time faculty at the University of Georgia.
“NAGC is in the beginning stages of developing robust on-line learning opportunities to help supporters of gifted children implement effective practices in homes, schools, and communities,” said Dr. Krisel. “We are already hard at work producing practical resources to compliment those on the NAGC website and in our publications.”