District’s Gifted & Talented coordinator to receive national award
Julie Gann, the district’s coordinator of Gifted and Talented Education, is bringing home a high-level honor for her work in Fayette County Public Schools. The National Association for Gifted Children will salute her with its 2021 Gifted Coordinator Award at the annual convention, slated for Nov. 11-14 in Denver. Gann, who was nominated by colleague Peggy Cullen, will receive a plaque and a one-year complimentary membership.
“I was very surprised yet so incredibly honored by this award,” said Gann, who has served as district GT coordinator for three years. “My philosophy on gifted education is to continuously provide opportunity and access to gifted programming for all students. By ensuring these opportunities, it allows us to provide equity through best practices within the context of the state of Kentucky’s gifted and talented regulation.”
Previously, Gann was a district GT instructional specialist and a GT resource teacher in FCPS for 10 years. She has also worked in Richmond, Virginia; and in Orlando, Fort Myers, and her native West Palm Beach, Florida, where she taught elementary GT students and English Learners. Gann earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Troy University, and a Master’s of Literacy and an Education Specialist degree in the area of Supervisor of Instruction from the University of the Cumberlands.