2e Center Advisory Board

The 2e Center Advisory Board

Mark Bade and Linda Neumann are longtime professional writers and also are parents with personal experience in 2e issues. They developed and published 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter from 2003 through 2018 and continue to publish the Spotlight on 2e Series of informational booklets for parents and educators.Mark Bade
Lois Baldwin, Ed.D., was a supervisor and principal of Special Education for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Southern Westchester in White Plains, New York. She directed, supervised, and provided comprehensive educational and support services for students in grades 1-12 who have average or above average/gifted intelligence and are learning disabled and/or emotionally disturbed. In addition, she supervised a wide variety of special education services, coordinated staff development for the Special Services Center, and coordinated mainstream efforts with public school administrators and staff. Lois received her doctorate in gifted, special education, and educational administration from Teachers College at Columbia University. Lois is the current president and one of the founders of AEGUS. She is a member of NAGC, AGATE, CEC, and ASCD. She currently consults nationally.Lois Baldwin
Rose Blucher, M.Ed., is the Director of Blucher Educational Services for Boundless Potential. In Maryland, she worked for over 20 years as a GT/LD Specialist/Director, developing programs for 2e students. She has taught at the K-12, undergraduate, and graduate-level as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University where she taught Teaching the GT/LD Learner. Ms. Blucher served two terms as an appointed member of the Maryland Advisory Council for Gifted Education. She is an award-winning educator and is known nationally for her various publications and teacher training sessions.Rose Blucher
Susan Baum, Ph.D., is an educator, author, consultant, and Director of the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development. In addition, she is co-director of the International Center for Talent Development and Professor Emeritus at the College of New Rochelle. The author of To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled, her writing and research cover many areas of education, including differentiated curriculum and instruction, gifted education, gifted learning-disabled students, and gifted underachieving students.Susan Baum
Jean Gubbins, Ph.D., is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut and Associate Director of the National Center for Research on Gifted Education (2014 to present) and former Associate Director of The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (1990-2013). Dr. Gubbins is an expert on evaluation and talent development models. She is a former classroom teacher and teacher of the gifted. In addition to her teaching experiences with elementary and secondary students, she has been an instructor at the college level, a consultant on gifted and talented education throughout the country, and an evaluator for several school districts. Dr. Gubbins is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Jeannette Parker Advocacy Award for the University of Louisiana, the National Association for Gifted Children Service Award, the Falk Foundation Award for Excellence, the Connecticut Foundation Award for Excellence in Education, the Council for Exceptional Children Award to The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, and the 12th World Council on the Education of Gifted and Talented Children Award.Jean Gubbins
Thomas P. Hébert, Ph.D., is a Professor of Gifted and Talented Education in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. He has more than a decade of K-12 classroom experience working with gifted students and over 20 years in higher education training graduate students and educators in gifted education. He has also conducted research for the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and the Association for the Gifted of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and has been a consultant to numerous schools nationally and internationally.Tom Hebert
Jann Leppien, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. She is the recipient of the Margo Long Chair in Gifted Education, an endowed chair funded by James P. and Wanda Cowles. Whitworth's Center for Gifted Education 2 supports and develops policies and practices that encourage and respond to the diverse expressions of gifts and talents in children and youth from all cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic groups. To this end, the center supports and engages in research, staff development, advocacy, and communication and collaboration with other organizations and agencies that strive to improve the quality of education for all students. In this new position, she will teach courses in gifted education for teachers who are seeking endorsement credits and obtaining master’s degrees in gifted education. Prior to this position, she taught courses, at the University of Great Falls in Montana, in curriculum and assessment, gifted education, educational research, and social studies methods. She also teaches curriculum and thinking skills courses online and in the Three Summers Program at the University of Connecticut. Before joining the faculty at the University of Great Falls, she worked as a research assistant for The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT). She has been a classroom teacher, enrichment specialist, and coordinator of a gifted education program in Montana. She is the co-author of The Multiple Menu Model: A Practical Guide for Developing Differentiated Curriculum, and The Parallel Curriculum: A Design to Develop High Potential and Challenge High-Ability Students.Jann Leppien
Linda Neumann and Mark Bade are longtime professional writers and also are parents with personal experience in 2e issues. They developed and published 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter from 2003 through 2018 and continue to publish the Spotlight on 2e Series of informational booklets for parents and educators.Linda Neumann
Dan Peters, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in California. He is the co-founder and executive director of the Summit Center, which specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families, with special emphasis on gifted, twice-exceptional, and creative individuals. He is also the co-director of Camp Summit for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative, a summer day camp in the San Francisco area. In addition, Dan is the co-author, with Susan Daniels, of Raising Creative Kids, and the author of Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child’s Fears and From Worrier to Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Fears.Dan Peters
Robin Schader received her Ph.D. in Gifted and Talented Education from the University of Connecticut, where she was a Assistant Research Professor. Her work and research focus on talent development, particularly with respect to the role of parents. Dr. Schader has also served as Parent Resource Specialist for the National Association for Gifted Children. She has presented at numerous workshops and conferences, and works with both teachers and parents to match educational programs to student needs. Dr. Schader was the founder and director of Music House, a home away from home for highly gifted music students who needed to live near the San Francisco Conservatory to continue their studies. Music House met their social, emotional, and residential needs as they continued their advanced study. Dr. Schader was also an original board member of the Berkshire Hills Music Academy, a special postsecondary school for students with Williams Syndrome.Robin Schader
Kim Vargas, M.S., received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. She began her teaching career as a bilingual first grade teacher, before leaving to study under noted Gifted and Talented expert, Dr. Barbara Clark at California State University, Los Angeles, where she completed her Master’s Degree in Special Education for the Gifted and Talented. Kim taught in the South Pasadena Unified School District as the visiting teacher for students requiring in-home educational services. Over the years, Kim provided differentiated high school courses to accommodate the unique needs of her students, which ensured their academic success and satisfied credit requirements. She recently returned to Cal Poly University, Pomona to acquire a special education teaching credential for mild to moderate learning disabilities. In addition to her work in admissions and outreach at Bridges Academy, Kim is the site administrator for the 2e Center. Her son Douglas is a Bridges Academy graduate, class of 2011.Kim Vargas

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