IAGC welcomes 2 new board members and 1 returning board member for JAnuary 2021 - december 2023 term:
Pamela Shaw -- Instructor, Illinois Virtual School; Current IAGC Board Member and Co-Chair of Advocacy Committee
B.M. in Instrumental Music, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX; M. Ed. in Special Education with an emphasis in Gifted Education, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
Career Highlights -- Pamela Shaw has lived and worked in four different states and has taught in public, private, and virtual schools. She worked at a university as the director of their community school of the arts, and has been a private music teacher since high school. Since moving to Illinois, she held part-time positions while focusing on parenting and advocating for two twice-exceptional children. Besides being an instructor at Illinois Virtual School, she is a Certified Master K-12 Reviewer and facilitates professional development for Quality Matters, an organization focused on quality assurance in online education.
Other Activities/Awards -- Chicago Gifted Community Center, Board Member, Far North Suburban Coordinator, Social Media Editor; Past Member of the ISBE Advisory Council on the Education of Gifted and Talented Children; Member of the Illinois Wesleyan University Parent Board
Goals for IAGC -- I would like to continue to offer monthly Parent Round-Table Discussions to help bring together parents to share their concerns and learn from each other, as well as expand IAGC’s offerings and outreach to parents across the state. As Co-Chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee, I would like to continue to monitor and respond to new developments regarding gifted education at the state level, ensure that laws such as the Accelerated Placement Act and the Report Card Act are being implemented accurately, and continue to work towards pursuing legislative initiatives to advance equity for advanced and high-potential learners. I would also like to continue to encourage progress on the 2010 law regarding twice-exceptional students, which includes establishing guidelines for identification, pedagogical methods, and teacher training.
Sowmya Anjur -- The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
PhD Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa Biochemistry and Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology; M Phil. Agricultural Biochemistry, Bharathiar University, India;MS Clinical Biochemistry, Bharathiar University, India
IAGC Positions Held -- Recipient of IAGC Promising Projects Award, IAGC Member 2017-2020
Career Highlights -- Dr. Sowmya Anjur is the recipient of the first ever Sudden Cardiac Death Awareness Research Foundation (S.C.A.R.F.) Educational Grant. She is also a recipient of ComEd seed grants and American Physiological Society's Online Teacher Professional Development Award. She is the recipient of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Principal's Teaching award and the Lederman Scholar Award. Dr. Anjur is an American Physiology Society Teacher Fellow, completing her summer research at Midwestern University. She is a Teacher Research Fellow for the Oncofertility Summer Research Fellowship, Northwestern University, Chicago. She has three patent applications filed and granted in the U.S. and several countries abroad.
Other Activities/Awards -- 2020: Coordinator of IMSA SIR (Scientific Inquiry and Research) Program; 2019: Recipient of the first ever Sudden Cardiac Death Awareness Research Foundation (S.C.A.R.F.) Educational Grant; 2018 and 2019: Recipient of ComEd seed grants: recipient of the American Physiological Society’s Online Teacher Professional Development Award; 2017: Principal’s teaching award, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy 2017, 2018 and 2019: Lederman Scholar Award; 2018: American Physiology Society Teacher Fellow, completed summer research at Midwestern University; 2011: Teacher Research Fellow for the Oncofertility Summer Research Fellowship, Northwestern University, Chicago; 1994: Three patent applications filed and granted in the U.S. and several countries abroad.
Goals for IAGC -- Help the Association promote public awareness of giftedness and incorporate this awareness into educational policy. Lead other schools in the state to convince state officials to include the specific needs of gifted children in state policies, and incorporate competency curriculum to promote equity and diversity in gifted populations. Bring the teacher’s classroom perspective to administrators and parents to better enable enrich their understanding of the social, emotional and educational needs of gifted students
Leodis Scott -- Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership/DePaul University-College of Education
Doctor of Education, Columbia University, Teachers College
Career Highlights -- Dr. Leodis Scott, Ed. D. is the Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at DePaul University, College of Education. Dr. Scott has conducted research in the field of education. He has presented at IAGC regarding gifted schools at Chicago Public Schools and "Tools for Parent and Family Engagement of Gifted Students."
IAGC Positions Held --N/A; Presenter at IAGC Conference
Other Activities/Awards -- Developed a Quantitative Survey for Assessing Parent Involvement and Family Engagement at Lenart Elementary Regional Gifted Center (Chicago Public School), Lenart was named as a 2020 Blue Ribbon School.
Goals for IAGC -- To be a steward of the IAGC organization: Advocating for gifted children; Developing educational leaders, schools, and organizations.