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What was your previous position and where?Before my tenure at LSU, I spent eight years working in Texas public schools as a teacher and curriculum director. I earned my Ph.D. from Baylor University in educational psychology with an emphasis in gifted education.
What brought you to LSU?University positions in gifted education are rare. I was excited to be offered a unique opportunity to teach and research in my specific field.
What is your research interest?My research interests include the history of gifted education and parents of gifted children. I am currently the editor of Parenting for High Potential.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?I hope to create a greater understanding of the needs of gifted students, especially those from underserved populations.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?The amount of autonomy I enjoy as a faculty member. I also appreciate the high-caliber faculty that I get to collaborate with on a regular basis.
What are your major accomplishments?In 2008, I began a summer program for gifted children in partnership with the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge. Five years later, the program continues to grow, which allows us to provide scholarships and much needed programming for this particular group of children.