President: Kali Fedor, D.Ed.
Currently serving as an instructor in the Department of Exceptionality Programs at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Previously, worked as a Graduate Program Coordinator for Wilkes University overseeing several programs including: Master’s of Education with Special Education Certification and Autism & Gifted Letters of Endorsement. Prior to Wilkes, she worked for Bloomsburg University teaching pre-service undergraduate education students. Kali has worked in various K-12 positions, both regular and special education placements. She started her teaching career in Maryland, then moved back into Pennsylvania, before moving to Arizona with her husband for several years, and moved back to Pennsylvania in 2011. She holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Kutztown University, a Secondary Certification in Severe and Profound Education, and two Master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education, as well as, Educational Administration and Leadership. Dr. Kali Fedor completed her Doctoral program through Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Curriculum and Instruction.
Vice-President: Ciminy St. Clair
Ciminy St. Clair was born and raised in Boswell, Pennsylvania. Her parents named her after a cat in a children’s storybook, titled Master of All Masters. In December 2001, she graduated with a degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education with a Minor in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. From 2001-2003, Ciminy substitute taught at Franklin Regional and Greensburg Salem School Districts to gain experience. In 2003, she was offered a first grade position at Balls Bluff Elementary School in Leesburg, Virginia. Working with first graders in an affluent, yet transient area was a fantastic opportunity. Upon returning to Pennsylvania, Ms. St. Clair began to nanny for a professional family while attending graduate school. In 2005, she was hired by Norwin School District, as the kindergarten through fourth grade gifted coordinator for the four elementary schools within the district. In 2006, she received her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University. During her first twelve years of teaching experience at Norwin, she coordinated and taught the elementary gifted program, taught 5th Grade Social Studies and 6th Grade Global Studies, and functioned as a case manager in various grade levels 5-12. Ms. St. Clair has also been actively involved in PAGE at the local level. She has served various roles within the local affiliate and is currently the Vice President. On December 1, 2016, she started her new position at Norwin High School, as the Secondary Gifted Coordinator. During the same month, she earned a Gifted Endorsement from the state of Pennsylvania and an 18 credit Gifted Certification through Millersville University. Currently, Ciminy has earned 45 credits beyond her Master’s Degree and is exploring various doctoral programs. Ms. St. Clair has presented at various venues including: Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE) Norwin Affiliate, Intermediate Unit 7 (IU7), Westmoreland Elementary Gifted Educators (WEGE), training within her own district for staff and induction trainings, and other local school districts.
Treasurer: Marcia Gregorio
Marcia Roberts Gregorio is a recently retired teacher from the Gettysburg Area School District. She holds teaching certificates in French and English, an MA in English, and an MFA in Creative nonfiction Writing. She became a Gifted Support and English teacher at Gettysburg Area High School in 1993, but her interest in gifted education dates back to 1984 when her first child entered the public school system. As a parent, she became involved in the Gettysburg PAGE affiliate, and has never lost her passion for gifted education. She attended the Confratute in Connecticut where she was fortunate to study under Dr. Sandra Kaplan. During her high school teaching years, she developed and implemented courses to meet the needs of gifted and highly capable learners, including Philosophy through Literature and Multicultural Literature courses, and presented these topics at PAGE conferences and at the Bucks County IU Gifted Conference. She was dedicated to providing a top-level English experience to tenth grade gifted and highly capable students, and to eleventh grade Advanced Placement English Language and Composition classes.
Affiliate Director: Susan Heydt
Susan Heydt is currently the Secondary Teacher of the Gifted in the Donegal School District in Central Pennsylvania, in her 19th year of teaching. During her teaching tenure, she has taught grades 1-12. Mrs. Heydt attended West Chester State College, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She was a member of the first cohort to complete a leadership certificate in Gifted Education, and completed her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Her certification now includes Secondary English as well as K – 8 Elementary credentials. Mrs. Heydt has presented at various conferences including: Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE), Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13), National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC, 2014), training within her own district, and local private and charter schools. Mrs. Heydt served on the PDE committee that drafted the Gifted Endorsement in 2014, and serves on the Steering Committee for Gifted Education at IU 13. Her areas of research interest include but are not limited to: Gifted students , 2e students, mindfulness and the gifted, and fostering autonomy in the gifted classroom.
Secretary: Katie Leach, Ed.D
Since 2002, Katie has been the gifted support teacher for the Weatherly Area School District. She uses technology as a window to the world, to promote creativity, and as a communication tool. Because Weatherly is a small district, both gifted and highly capable students form teams for competitions and these teams have won state awards in STEM related fields. Online learning is encouraged, as well as online learning games. Her M.S. is in Classroom Technology and her Ed D. is in Educational Technology Leadership, both from Wilkes University. She is an adjunct professor in the Instructional Media program, sponsored by Discovery Education and Wilkes University.
Board Member: Matthew Zakreski, PsyD
Matthew Zakreski, PsyD is a high energy, creative clinician who utilizes an eclectic approach to meet the specific needs of his clients. He specializes in working with children and adolescents, as well as their families, in providing therapy and conducting psychological evaluations. Dr. Zakreski attended Wake Forest University as an undergraduate and Widener University for graduate school. He is proud to serve as a consultant to schools, a professor at the university level, and a researcher and author on his speciality, Giftedness. He is currently in private psychological practice.
Board Member: Dave Mendell
Dave Mendell has been an elementary school teacher in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District for over 20 years. While his tenure as Teacher of the Gifted began five years ago, he has been studying and researching Gifted Education since the beginning of his career. Dave encourages and challenges his students to find a balance between learning and play as a strategy to help them build a strong foundation for years of future learning. An original member of Pennsylvania’s Keystones: Technology Integrators, he has presented at numerous conferences including PETE&C, ISTE and the International Society for Autism Research. Dave is currently enrolled at Millersville University where he is working towards his Gifted Endorsement. It is Dave’s goal to highlight the social and emotional needs of gifted learners while working to build bridges between the many stakeholders of the gifted community.
Board Member: Pam Sieger
Pam Sieger has been an 8th grade English teacher and mentor at Agora Cyber Charter School for 7 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education English from Penn State University and earned her M.Ed. in English from Edinboro University. She promotes student-centered, student-led classrooms where students become the teachers, the leaders, the innovators of the classroom. Pam believes in building strong relationships with her students, creating a trusting classroom where students take risks and build confidence through project-based assessments. She is an advisor for four student-run cyber clubs: Literary Legends Book Club, Moderator/Leadership Training, A Time for Christ and the Everything, Everything Club. Pam has a passion for Gifted and Talented education and students, and her long-term goal is to become a Gifted Coordinator working toward identifying and developing academic, emotional and psychological needs of the gifted. Pam earned her Gifted and Talented Endorsement and Certification from Millersville University in 2019.