In Their Own Words: Incoming GHF Board Members

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GHF recently added three amazing new members to our board of directors! We’d like you to hear from them why they support GHF enough to join our board.

I am excited to be part of this ground swell movement to build awareness and compassion for 2e/gifted persons and their families. I am determined to advocate, educate, and support 2e/gifted persons around the world.I began working with gifted children 20 years ago as a public school teacher. I had an affinity for the quirky ones, and pretty soon their parents were requesting me for their children. As the No Child Left Behind movement happened, I could not tolerate the public school system any longer, so began to consult privately with families to help them navigate the educational system and explore options.

The universe had a good laugh and I gave birth to 2e twins, which provided me with a whole new level of insight into the the wonderful world of 2e! Through helping my own children try to navigate their lives, and my continued work with others, I eventually decided I needed to start a school for 2e children: Big Minds Unschool. In the past eight years I have completed a doctorate in educational leadership with a focus on twice-exceptionality, created and expanded Big Minds, and helped my children grow into happy, integrated, confident college students.

Throughout this journey, GHF provided me with an incredible amount of support and information, which enabled me to educate and advocate for many other people. I have a long relationship with the many volunteers at GHF, and I have always admired their unflagging, inclusive mission to help everyone with accessible, free education and outreach. I am thrilled to serve on the GHF Board and help further GHF’s vision!

 

Dr. Dan Peters
As a licensed psychologist and Executive Director of the Summit Center, I have devoted my career to the assessment, consultation, and treatment of children, adolescents, and families, specializing in learning differences, anxiety, and issues related to giftedness and twice-exceptionality. I am passionate about helping parents and teachers engage children in the classroom, at home, and in life so that they can realize their full potential.

I am excited to be a part of an organization that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable resources to gifted and twice-exceptional learners and their families all over the globe. GHF understands the complexities of teaching and raising gifted and 2e individuals, and offers essential tools and information for families, no matter where they are on their journey.

 

Sharon Duncan
Being a longtime fan-girl of GHF, I am honored and excited to serve on the Board. Over the years, I have benefited both as a parent and as a professional from all that the dedicated team of GHF professionals deliver to the gifted/2e community.

As a consultant with Gifted Identity, I work world-wide with parents, educators, schools, districts, and mental health professionals to help them understand and meet the social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted and 2e children. Like most professionals who do what I do, I fell into this line of work as a result of having to learn about gifted and 2e in order to meet the needs of my own children, who are now young adults. In the journey to educate our children we have done public school, private school, homeschool, dual enrollment, and early college. I am a firm believer that there is no single best school or way to educate a child: the best way to educate your child is the one that best fits your child and family.

Professionally, I spent 26 years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion laboratory, before having to take the unexpected left-turn into homeschooling. While at JPL, I held a wide variety of positions including contract negotiator, project manager, section manager, and lien six sigma black belt. Besides my personal experience as a mother, I consider my time at JPL, and especially my interaction with its workforce, to be the universe’s way of providing me the training I needed to pursue my current passion: helping families of outlier children navigate their unique paths.

As a co-founder of Gifted Research and Outreach (GRO), I am delighted with the contributions GHF Board Chair Corin Goodwin has made to our Advisory Board, and hope to contribute as much to GHF. Thank you GHF for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of this amazing organization!

 

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