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Faculty Bios

Dr. Sally Beisser

sally.beisser@drake.edu
515-271-4850 

Education

B.A.- Iowa State University
M.S. - Iowa State University
Ph.D. - Iowa State University

TAG Experience/Awards

  • Taught gifted students in Ames Community Schools and West Des Moines Community Schools for 13 years
  • ITAG Research Award
  • AERA Research Award
  • NAGC Doctoral Student Award
  • ITAG Distinguished Service Award
  • Doctoral dissertation focused on gifted females and use of technology

Courses Taught

Creativity and Gifted

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Additional Faculty

Ashley Delaney

ashley.delaney@drake.edu

Education

M.S. Ed in Gifted Education – Drake University

TAG Experience/Awards 

  • Content facilitator at Ankeny CSD
  • ITAG Board member
  • NAGC member
  • 2012 and 2013 ITAG Conference chair
  • Staff development leader and provider
  • Presenter at ITAG and various districts nationwide 

Courses Taught

Introduction to Gifted Education
Practicum in Gifted Education

Arlene DeVries

arlene.devries@drake.edu

Education

M.S.E. in Guidance and Counseling - Drake University  

TAG Experience/Awards

  • Gifted and Talented Consultant Des Moines Public Schools for more than 24 years
  • Private Gifted and Talented Consultant
  • Co-Chair ITAG conference
  • Past board member/President – ITAG
  • Past board member/President – SENG
  • Past board member - NAGC
  • Past chair, Parent Community Division, NAGC
  • Co-Author “Parents’ Guide to Gifted Children”
  • Sr. Author “Gifted Parent Groups: The SENG Model”
  • Conducted 70 10-week guided discussion groups for parents of gifted
  • Presented 2-day workshops on the SENG model throughout the US and in five foreign countries
  • Attended and presented at more than 80 Gifted and Talented Conferences
  • SENG Outstanding Leadership Award
  • ITAG Distinguished Service Award
  • Drake University School of Education Outstanding Alumnae Award

Courses Taught

Social Emotional Needs of the Gifted

Kathy Paul

kathy.paul@drake.edu

Education

M.S. in Ed. Psychology with Gifted Endorsement  - University of Nebraska

TAG Experience/Awards

  • Extended Learning Program coordinator for Johnston Community Schools for over 25 years
  • Staff Development leader in differentiation
  • Presenter at NAGC, ITAG and other state and local districts
  • Received certificate for Professional Achievement from NAGC
  • Recipient of ITAG Distinguished Service Award 

Courses Taught

Curriculum & Assessment of Giftedness
Administration of Gifted Programs
Challenging the Young Gifted Child

Lynn Roth Taylor

lynn.rothtaylor@drake.edu

Education

B.A. History and English – Holy Names University

M.S. Gifted Education and Early Childhood – Old Dominion University and University of Virginia

TAG Experience/Awards

  • Taught middle and high school gifted students in California for 14 years
  • Adjunct Professor at the University of Virginia for 14 years for the Virginia Gifted Endorsement
  • Gifted and Talented specialist for the Norfolk Public Schools for 12 years
  • “Teacher of the Year” three times while teaching special population students
  • Research interests include giftedness and autism

Courses Taught

Special Populations of Gifted

Jean Saveraid

jean.saveraid@drake.edu

Education

M.S. Elementary Education with GT Emphasis – Iowa State University 

TAG Experience/Awards

  • Coordinator/instructor at Gilbert C.S.D. for 28 years
  • Co-Chair 1994 ITAG Conference
  • Presenter at ITAG
  • Ballard CSD board member
  • Led district staff development at local schools
  • 2003 ITAG Distinguished Service award
  • 2003 Belin-Blank Excellence in Education award

Courses Taught

Gifted Readers: Literacy Strategies
ITAG Conference for Credit

Susan Wouters

susan.wouters@drake.edu

Education

B.A. Elementary Education - Graceland University

Gifted and Talented Endorsement – University of Iowa

M.S. Ed. Effective Teaching, Curriculum Leadership – Drake University

TAG Experience/Awards

  • Extended Learning Program Teacher for Waukee Community Schools for 16 years
  • ITAG Board member
  • Co-Chair ITAG Conference
  • Presenter at ITAG Conferences
  • Facilitator for Extended Learning Program Shared Leadership Team
  • Mentor to teachers new to gifted education
  • Facilitator for SENG Model Parent Group
  • Professional development leader
Courses Taught

Differentiated Instruction for Gifted Learners

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September 13, 2016
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