Houston Area Cooperative on the Gifted and Talented

Our goal is to provide teachers and parents in participating districts with quality professional development by experts in gifted education.

Who We Are

Public school districts and private schools that work together to offer professional development in gifted education. Scroll to the bottom to see a list of participating districts and private schools.

How It Works

Participating districts take turns hosting workshops. Teachers and parents from participating districts and private schools register for sessions within their schools/districts. Only teachers and parents from participating districts may attend (see the list at the bottom of this page). Most districts use their district online professional development systems for registration. If you are unsure of how to register, contact the leader of the GT program in your district/private school. Contact information is available at the bottom of this page. Registration closes two weeks before the workshop. Districts/private schools send their rosters of registered participants to the host district.

Teachers who do not register with their districts/private schools at least two weeks before the workshop will not be listed on the roster. They are welcome to try to attend the workshop as walk-ins. Walk-ins will be given available seats on a first-come, first-served basis immediately before the workshop begins. If a walk-in is given an available seat, he/she will be able to sign in on the appropriate district/private school's roster.

Sign-in at the workshops always begins at 8:00 a.m. The workshops always begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. Lunch is usually from 11:30 to 1:00. The Coop has a very strict late policy. This is due to the clock hour requirement for GT training described in the Texas Administrative Code, the size of the sessions, and the many districts participating. Teachers sign in when they arrive in the morning and when they return from lunch. We understand that things don't always work out the way we plan. Unforeseen complication can result in a responsible person being late. If you arrive late, we will document the time you arrived. The sign-in sheet will be sent to the person responsible for the GT program in your district/school. That person will work with you to make up the time you missed so you may receive full credit or determine if partial credit it appropriate. Only the GT contact person in your district/school can make that decision. Workshop attendees are provided a certificate at the end of the workshop to document they stayed to the end. Be sure to send a copy of the certificate you receive to the GT contact person in your district so credit for attendance may be awarded.

At the workshop, we ask that all attendees wear their district issued identification badges. Parents will be asked to make a name tag.

Please take a moment to review the professional expectations of professional development attendees: Professional Expectations.pdf

2016 Spring Schedule

Event Date
Rosters Due
Description and Notables
Education Support Complex, (Boardroom), 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy
Judy O'neal
Nature and Needs with Program Options
Administrators/Counselors K-12

Conroe HS, 3200 W. Davis St, Conroe, 77304
Debi Taylor
Identification and Assessment of GT Students
Tchrs K-12
The purpose of gifted and talented programs is to identify students who exhibit characteristics of high general intellectual ability and to meet their special learning needs. This session will focus on the Identification and Assessment of students for qualification into gifted programs.
Spring Branch
Westchester Academy,
901 Yorkchester, Houston 77079
Timothy Gangwer
Visual Learning
Tchrs K-12

(Secondary-grades 6-12)
Seven Lakes High School, 9251 S. Fry Road, Katy, TX 77494
Nancy Radcliffe
Differentiating Curriculum for GT in Pre-AP/AP courses
Tchrs 6-12
This session will explore the why and how of differentiation of instruction. Gain a basic understanding of the differentiation process, examine the five variations of differentiation and learn how they play out in the classroom, discover how to build differentiation into a regular class assignment,explore a variety of strategies that can be applied in the content area classroom to make
differentiation happen, and learn strategies to manage differentiation in a classroom setting.
(elementary K-6)
Fort Bend
Ridge Point HS, 500 Waters Lake Blvd, Missouri City, 77459
Dina Brulles
Gifted 101: Understanding and addressing the needs of gifted in the elementary classroom
Tchrs K-6
This session will explore the why and how of differentiation of instruction. Gain a basic understanding of the differentiation process, examine the five variations of differentiation and learn how they play out in the classroom, discover how to build differentiation into a regular class assignment,explore a variety of strategies that can be applied in the content area classroom to make
differentiation happen, and learn strategies to manage differentiation in a classroom setting.
Galena Park
Galena Park ISD
Administration BLDG, 14705 Woodforest Blvd, Houston 77015
Judy O'Neal
Preparing for the supplemental TExES GT exam
Tchrs K-12

Manvel HS, 19601 Hwy 6, Manvel
Jorge Cavazos
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Tchrs K-12
The Internet has a wealth of Web resources that can
help you create meaningful, engaging lessons that provide depth and complexity
for your gifted students. Learn how to create, implement and manage multimedia
projects in all content areas using free online resources. After this class
Power Point will be a thing of the past! Please bring a laptop or device to this session.
Tomball HS, 30330 Quinn Rd, 77304
Nicole Shannon
Meeting the Social & Emotional Needs of GT students
Tchrs K-12
This workshop highlights the current research in social/emotional categories, including gifted profiles, over excitability, perfectionism and growth mindset. We'll focus on things that teachers can say, do, and read to better acknowledge, support, and nurture students with these heightened social/emotional need.

Berry Center,
8877 Barker-Cypress
Cypress 77433
Lisa Van Gemert
Nature and Needs with Program Options
Tchrs K-12
From Termin's Termites to Ungifted, how do we know who's GT and why does it matter? In this presentation, we delve into the world of IQ, including social/emotional IQ, and the evolution of' Binet's original IQ test--using this information to ask the question: "Who are the gifted?" Better yet, what does that mean for the classroom?
Orozco Center
1832 East Sam Houston Pkwy South
Andi McNair
4 C's + 1 R - Meaningful Technology for the Gifted Classroom
Tchrs K-12
Teaching gifted students requires us to be creative and provide meaningful learning experiences even when they are not in our classroom. In this fast-paced session, I will share how I integrate technology that focuses on the Four C's +1R (creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and reflection) to challenge my gifted students both inside and outside of the gifted classroom. Educators will leave this session astounded by the variety of tools that can be used immediately to make learning more meaningful for their gifted students. Please bring a tablet or laptop

Participating Districts and Private Schools

Contact Person
Aldine ISD
Twiana Collier, Program Director for Advanced Academics
Alief ISD
Tracy Scholz or Gayle Kenny, Administrative Assistant
Alvin ISD
Jackie Caffey or Deana Burford, Administrative Assistant
Angleton ISD
Angela Neal or Mildred Tijerina, Administrative Assistant
979-997.7317 ext. 8899
Brazosport ISD
Dedee Willson
Channelview ISD
Heather Gilpin or Pam Latiolais, or Rebecca Cochran, Administrative Assistant
Clear Creek ISD
Jo Beth Brizendine, Ed.D., Director of Advanced Academics and Gifted & Talented Program
Conroe ISD
Christina Reichelt or Monica SalasAdministrative Assistant
Crosby ISD
Carolyn Duda, District GT Teacher
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Susan Firth, Director of Advanced Academics or Keri Underwood, Secretary to Director of Advanced Academics.
Send sign-in sheets to Sandy Beehner, GT PEIMS/Special Projects.
281-517-2640 or
Dayton ISD
936-258-2667 ext. 1154
Deer Park ISD
Lisa Meyer, Director of Social Studies and Advanced Academic Programs or Laurie Graham, DOI Secretary
832-668-7112 or 832-668-7103
Dickinson ISD
Vonda Washington, Director of Secondary Curriculum, Lee Courville, Director of Elementary Curriculum or Mena Tamayo, Secretary
281-229-6072 or 281-229-6069
Fort Bend ISD
Crystal Wilson, GT Coordinator or Becky McGuire, Secretary to Director of GT/Academy programs
281-634-1121 or 281-634-1129
Friendswood ISD
Dr. Stacy Daugherty or Yvette Camarillo, Administrative Assistant
Galena Park ISD
Helen Tiller, Coordinator Advanced Academics
Galveston ISD
Dr. Annette Scott or Gwen Jessel, Administrative Assistant
Goose Creek ISD
Carol Mitchell or Sharon Stults, Administrative Assistant
Greenwood Christian
Nita Schnitzer, Director, Teresa Cox GT Coordinator
Holy Spirit Episcopal
TBD or Nicole Elmiger, Administrative Assistant
713-468-5138 ext. 203
Houston Quran Academy
Hamed Ghazali or Shamima Khalid, Secretary
281-717-4622 or 832-762-9212
Huffman ISD
Trina Gore or Lisa Bramlett, Administrative Assistant
Katy ISD
Alene Lindley, Director of GT & Advanced Academic Studies or Misha Gabriel, Financial Secretary
Klein ISD
Harleigh Jones or Kara Czepiel, Program Coordinators or Kristine Gonzalez, Secretary
Lamar Consolidated
Valerie Anderson, Director of Advanced Studies or Adriana Janda, Secretary
LaPorte ISD
Linda Wadleigh or Maria Arizpe, Administrative Assistant
Magnolia ISD
Lynn Blair or Roz Roach, Administrative Assistant
Montgomery ISD
Lenora Barnes, GT Coordinator or Patty Mahler, Administrative Assistant
New Caney ISD
Judy Milling or Kelly Johnson, Administrative Assistant
Pasadena ISD
Patricia Sermas, Director Advanced Academics Leslie Axel, Coordinator Advanced Academics
Rainard School for the Gifted
Tara Tomicic, or Rebecca Moore, Administrative Assistant
Sealy ISD
Madeleine Peace or Teresa Jaloway, Secretary
Sheldon ISD
Karen Gallow, Director of Advanced Academics or Kristina Hernandez, Administrative Assistant
Spring ISD
Julie Hill, or Aisha Holmes, GT Specialists
281-891-6339 or 281-891-6205
Spring Branch ISD
Pam Johnson, Director of Advanced Academic Studies or Amy Ellingson, Teacher on Special Assignment
Stafford MSD
Marva Rasberry or Jennifer Wade, Administrative Assistant
Tomball ISD
Nefertari Mundy, Dir. of Professional Development and Academic Services or Michel Jackson, Content Specialist Alicia Rodriguez, Asst.
281-357-3100, Ext. 2033 or 2035
Waller ISD
Kelly Baehren or Jennifer Hoffpauir, or Barbara Osburn, Administrative Assistant
Willis ISD
Amy Rogers

Leadership Within the Co-op

President: Pam Johnson, Galena Park ISD
Treasurer: Alene Lindley, Katy ISD
Secretary: Michele Jackson, Tomball ISD
Webmaster: Crystal Wilson, Fort Bend ISD
Expo Coordinator: OPEN
  • Vendors: Twiana Collier
  • PR: Jackie Caffey
  • Location: Cynthia Galindo
  • Volunteers: Crystal Wilson
  • Scholarship Presentations: Marva Rasberry