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Connie Bergstein Dow, MFA

Connie Bergstein Dow has an MFA from the University of Michigan and is the author One, Two, What Can I Do? Dance and Music for the Whole Day; Dance, Turn, Hop, Learn! Enriching Movement Activities for Preschoolers; From A to Z with Energy; and Tap and Rap, Move and Groove. She has also written a preschool teacher handbook for WeTHRIVE! with movement activities that address the Ohio Early Learning…

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Susan Daniels, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan Daniels is a professor, author, consultant, and educational director of a psychoeducational center that specializes in the needs of gifted, creative, and twice-exceptional children.

She has been a professional development specialist for over twenty years, regularly providing workshops and training on creativity and visual learning and teaching. Susan is an avid doodler who enjoys working…

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Andrew T. Davis, Ed.D.

Andrew T. Davis, Ed.D., is currently an elementary school principal and has been a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal in both suburban and urban settings.

He earned his master’s in teaching from Belmont University and his doctorate of education in leadership and strategic change from Lipscomb University.

He has been a speaker at a variety of conferences including ASCD. Dr. Dav…

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Joy Lawson Davis

Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D., is a career educator with over 40 years of experience as a practitioner, scholar, author, and consultant with an expertise in equity in gifted education and cultural competency education.

Dr. Davis has served in local, regional, and state leadership positions in gifted education. She also served as an at-large member of the National Association for Gifted Children Boa…

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Celeste Delaney

Celeste C. Delaney grew up in New Zealand, where much of life is lived outdoors. As a child she loved playing at the beach, reading, playing piano, writing stories, and drawing.

She left New Zealand after earning a degree in occupational therapy and has since lived and worked in many countries including the United States, India, Malaysia, China, and Mexico. Celeste enjoys traveling, teaching, art …

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Jim Delisle, Ph.D.

Jim Delisle, Ph.D., has taught gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more than forty years, including twenty-five years as a professor of special education at Kent State University.

He has taught students in elementary and secondary schools and, for the past six years, has worked part time with highly gifted ninth and tenth graders at the Scholars’ Academy in Conway, South C…

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Al Desetta, M.A.

Al Desetta, M.A., was an editor at Youth Communication, a New York based nonprofit organization that teaches writing, journalism, and leadership skills to inner-city teens, from 1985 until 2002.

He is currently a freelance editor.

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Sandy Donovan

Sandy Donovan has written nonfiction books for kids and young adults on topics including economics, history, science, and pop stars.

She has worked as a journalist, a workforce policy analyst, and a website developer. She currently works for the U.S. Department of Labor, developing online tools to help people of all ages meet their career, education, and employment goals.

She holds a bachelor&rsquo…

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Alison Dotson

Alison Dotson is a writer, copyeditor, and proofreader who was diagnosed with OCD at age twenty-six, after suffering from “taboo” obsessions for more than a decade. Today, she still has occasional bad thoughts, but she now knows how to deal with them in healthy ways.

Alison is the president of OCD Twin Cities, an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation, and the recipient of the 2…

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Deb Douglas, M.S.

Deb Douglas has spent her professional career as an educator, first as a high school English teacher, then K-12 gifted resource teacher, director of gifted programming, and International Baccalaureate coordinator.

She holds master’s degrees in professional development and curriculum and instruction for gifted learners. She served as president of the Wisconsin Association for Talented an…

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Katie Douglass

Katie Douglass has written many nonfiction titles for children, specializing in social issues for young children. She has a particular interest in educating children about their emotional health and well-being.

She lives in London, England.

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Patti Drapeau

Patti Drapeau ( is an internationally active educational consultant, author, and presenter, with more than twenty-five years of classroom experience. Patti conducts keynote sessions as well as short- and long-term workshops in the United States and abroad. She commonly presents on the following topics: differentiation, creativity, engagement, gifted education, student empowerment…

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Naomi Drew, M.A.

Naomi Drew, M.A., is the award-winning author of eight books.

She is recognized around the world for her work in conflict resolution, peacemaking, and anti-bullying. Her work has been instrumental in introducing the skills of peacemaking into public education and has been recognized by educational leaders throughout the world.

United Nations staffer Michiko Kuroda praised her work, saying, &ld…

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