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 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.
Ms. Cynthia Hogwood’s life began as a gifted and talented student, so it’s no surprise that she has a passion for Gifted Education. After graduating from the University of Texas with honors in English and Liberal Arts, she started working with gifted high school English students in Houston, Texas. She spent several years as the Gifted and Talented Coordinator at the Anglo-American School of Moscow, both creating and implementing the school's initial programming,; she is also a high school IB English teacher, having taught the IB in Texas (Langham Creek High School), Switzerland (Leysin American School), Russia (AAS Moscow), and the Philippines (International School of Manila). Cindi has a master's degree in Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies from the University of Houston. Though she hold a principal certification, her heart lies in the classroom with students, particularly the high school English classroom. Cindi advocates for all learners, whether she is the classroom teacher or the specialist, and looks forward to developing her understanding of how to accommodate and differentiate for gifted and talented students in whatever role she holds.