CFA 2020

Presenter Bios

Dr. Priscilla Bade-White

Priscilla Bade-White works as a school psychologist at the American School of Bombay. She has worked in education for over 20 years in the US and internationally. Dr. Bade-White earned a Master’s degree in inclusive special education and a PhD in school psychology from the University of Arizona, where she was named an Erasmus Circle Scholar. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (USA) and has received leadership awards from professional organizations. Her professional interest areas are crisis prevention and management, school-wide screenings, school psychological service delivery, assessment, and giftedness. Priscilla has published articles, college textbook chapters, and presented at conferences on a variety of topics related to youth, psychology, and education. She has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses and provided supervision for special educator trainees, counselors, and school psychologists. Priscilla lives with her husband and their children. Also, she really likes data.

Dr. Bindiya Hassaram

Dr. Hassaram is a Teacher Educator at I Am A Teacher & Individualized Programme Coordinator at Gateway School of Mumbai. Bindiya holds a Ph.D. in Multicultural Special Education from UT Austin. She has worked as a learning specialist in Asia, the UK and the US. Bindiya provides workshops on UDL, inclusion, and culturally responsive instruction. She coaches and supervises student and novice teachers. Bindiya is the founder of Learning Differently which advocates for inclusive schools.

Dr. Selena Gallagher

Dr. Selena Gallagher is the Challenge and Enrichment Specialist at Cairo American College, and holds a Ph.D. in gifted education from the University of New England, Australia. She previously held similar roles at the International School Bangkok and NIST International School, guiding them in the development and implementation of talent development programs. In collaboration with Next Frontier Inclusion, Selena has recently co-authored a guidebook for international schools on meeting the needs of their highly able learners, and is a contributing editor for the forthcoming Springer International Handbook of Giftedness and Talent Development in the Australasian-Pacific.

Anita Churchville

Anita Churchville currently coordinates the K-12 High Ability Program at the American School of Bombay. She previously created and coordinated the Gifted and Talented Education program at the American School of Doha and at Academia Cotopaxi in Ecuador. In addition, she worked as a program specialist, supporting sixteen different schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District in California, USA. She holds a K-12 principal certification, a master's degree in special and gifted education and professional certification as an educational diagnostician. She has presented numerous conference sessions, notably at the Hague IB Regional Conference, the Istanbul NESA regional conference, the Bangkok NESA regional conference, the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC) Biennial World Conference in Nashville, Tennessee and the International College and Career Conference (IC3) in Mumbai, India, among others.

Dr. Lindsey Anderson

With nearly 15 years of working as an educator everywhere from a local rural elementary school in Honduras to urban schools in Washington, DC to ASB, Lindsey has learned what it takes to reach ALL kinds of students – and it’s not necessarily gadgets, games, or the latest pedagogical fad. Instead, it’s about how well you know your students and are able to use design strategies to create flexible, authentic, and rigorous learning experiences that can meet the needs of all learners from the start. In addition to her roles as a teacher and administrator, Lindsey has extensive experience providing professional development to educators as both a consultant and lecturer. Lindsey holds an MA in transition special education and an EdD in applied neuroscience and special education both from The George Washington University.

Rodnella Turner

Rodnella Turner is currently a middle school Learning Support Specialist at the American School of Dubai. She previously worked at the American School of Bombay with gifted and special education learners in upper elementary. She holds a master's degree in special education and a graduate certification in gifted education. She has presented at the American School of Dubai MTSS in Action, as well as teacher and parent information sessions on the social and emotional needs of gifted and highly able learners.

Susanna Holm

Susanna Holm, a project manager in CTY International Initiatives, has a background in university-level teaching and over 20 years’ experience working with academically talented youth. Susanna began at CTY as a summer instructor, joining the summer programs administration full-time in 1999. In her current role, Susanna has worked with colleagues in Greece, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and Hong Kong to develop educational programming which engages bright students to spark growth both academically and social- emotionally.

Cynthia Bolton

Cynthia Bolton, M. Ed., is Head of Gifted Education Programs at Qatar Foundation in Doha, Qatar where she has developed a unique gifted model to identify and support gifted students throughout Qatar. She has spent over 20 years developing and teaching in gifted education programs internationally and has presented on the needs of gifted students and the untapped talent of gifted students in international schools at ECHA, WCGTC, AGIS, EDEX-Qatar and AAGT conferences.

Simeon Brodsky

Simeon Brodsky is the director of CTY International Initiatives. He brings to the director’s role a background in university-level teaching and over 25 years’ experience working with academically talented youth. As director of International Initiatives, Simeon has worked with over 20 countries to encourage and enhance learning opportunities for bright young people. Simeon joined CTY’s full-time staff in 1997; prior to heading CTY International Initiatives, he was a senior program manager working with summer programs.