National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) President, Dr. Sally Krisel and Kendall Hunt Publishing President Chad Chandlee presented Heather Vaughn, Assistant Director of Advanced Academics at The University of Texas at Austin, UT High School, the 2017 Master’s & Specialist Award at NAGC 2017 this past November, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Vaughn was selected because of her varied work on behalf of gifted children and her commitment to her own continuing education. "I am especially honored to receive the award since it acknowledges my advocacy and professional development for teachers in Texas, as well as my research and personal development at the University of Georgia," said Vaughn.
The Master’s & Specialist Award is presented to those who have demonstrated at least four of the following: teaching, writing, advocacy, curriculum development, community service in gifted education, juried presentations (local, state or national), facilitating the social and emotional development of gifted and talented students, mentoring/tutoring of children, publication of papers in juried and/or non-juried publications, participation in graduate student research colloquia or teacher in-service/parent workshop.
“Gifted education is so much more than providing strong resources in order to challenge today’s high-ability learners,” said Chad Chandlee, president of Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. “It takes a committed mentor to embolden many of tomorrow’s leaders. Heather Vaughn is an exceptional example of this, and Kendall Hunt is proud to sponsor an outstanding individual in the world of gifted education.”