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.
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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 is enrolled in a doctoral program focusing on Educational Leadership. 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.
Secretary: Susan Heydt
Susan Heydt is currently the Secondary Teacher of the Gifted in the Donegal School District in Central Pennsylvania, in her 23rd year of teaching gifted students. 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 at the University of Pennsylvania 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 and the Gifted Endorsement, 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.
Affiliate Director: Ronald Schmiedel
Ron Schmiedel has taught Secondary Gifted Education at Pine-Richland High School for over 30 years. During the first 11 years of his 42 year career, Ron taught engineering and architectural drafting. In 1989, as a result of declining enrollment, Ron was given the opportunity to embrace the challenge of providing gifted services. Little did he know he would find a home in gifted education and would quickly develop a passion for gifted learners. From 1992 through 2001, Ron was honored to serve on the State Board of the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education as a Member-at-Large. During his tenure, Ron served as the Co-Chair of PAGE State Conferences, Editor of the PAGE UPDATE and was a regular presenter across Pennsylvania and at PAGE Conferences. In 2001 through 2006, Ron accepted a position as a School District Representative on the Gifted Education Liaison Network. In this role, he served as a link between the PDE, Gifted Liaison Network and local school districts. Ron was able to provide input into state gifted education goals and assist with the revision of gifted materials. He continued to present with a focus on Gifted Regulations, secondary gifted options and GIEP development.
Board Member: 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 regional and state awards in STEM related fields, and Social Studies. Online learning is encouraged, as well as online educational games. Her M.S. is in Classroom Technology and her Ed D. is in Educational Leadership: Educational Technology. She is an adjunct professor in the Instructional Media program, sponsored by Discovery Education and Wilkes University, and the Gifted Endorsement Program at Wilkes University.
Board Member: Dave Mendell
Dave Mendell has been an elementary school teacher in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District for 25 years. While his tenure as Teacher of the Gifted began just over seven 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 recently completed his Gifted Endorsement at Millersville University and he continues to research strategies for improving equity in Gifted Education. 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: Christine Laquidara-Kolvek
Christine Laquidara-Kolvek spent 37 years in Education in a variety of settings and roles. She is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts in Education with a Reading Specialist certification. She earned her teaching and supervisors certifications from The College of New Jersey and a second Masters in Educational Leadership from Rider University. She began her teaching career at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in NJ and spent the next 18 years in a variety of education positions in the NJ Department of Corrections culminating as the Director of the Office of Educational Services. She then moved on to spend the next 15 years in the Hopewell Valley Regional School District starting as an elementary vice principal and retiring in 2017 as the Assistant Superintendent. Failing retirement, she accepted a part-time position at Rider University in the College of Education and Human Services as a Project Manager for the Gateway to STEM Creativity and Innovation in the Classroom Grant funded by the Martinson Family Foundation. She is the mom of twin sons both of whom are identified as gifted and hopes to serve to support other gifted parents in her role on the PAGE Board as well as teachers in helping to provide knowledge and support in engaging gifted students in the classroom in meaningful and challenging ways.
Board Member: Jonathan Klingeman
Jonathan graduated from Penn State in 2008 with a B.S. in Secondary English and Communication Education and B.A. in Journalism. In 2010, Mr. Klingeman received an M.S. in Education from Duquesne University, In 2013, he completed a principal certification program and a Masters of Education in Administration and Leadership at CAL-U of PA. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Leadership & Administration at Point Park University. More recently, he earned a PA Endorsement for Gifted Education at Millersville University and is working towards his English as Second Language teaching certificate. He has been an English teacher, drama teacher, gifted support teacher, and elementary principal during his career. Mr. Klingemen currently serves as the Director of Federal Programs and Gifted Services for State College Area School District. He supervises several departments including Gifted K-12, ESL K-12, reading specialists, and school psychologists. He’s an avid Penn State fan and enjoys cooking, exercising and traveling.
Board Member: Mary Beth Gustafson, Ed.D.
Mary Beth Gustafson, Ed. D. retired on June 30, 2020 as the Assistant Superintendent for Special Education from the Pocono Mountain School District in Swiftwater, Pennsylvania. Dr. Gustafson worked in the Pocono Mountain School District for 29 years as an IST teacher, Educational Consultant, Assistant Principal, and Assistant Superintendent for Special Education. She is an Adjunct Professor at Delaware Valley University and Drexel University teaching graduate courses in Special Education and related fields.
In addition to her higher education responsibilities, Dr. Gustafson serves as member of the PA Association for Gifted Education (PAGE) Board of Directors, Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) Stakeholders Council, PA Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP) Board of Directors, Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) and Women’s Resources of Monroe County Board of Directors (Vice President). Her degrees and certifications include a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education, Master of Education Degree, Reading Specialist Certification, Special Education Supervisor Certification, Principal Certification, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.
Board Member: Bobbi Portnoy
Bobbi Portnoy recently left classroom teaching after over two decades in public and private schools in the Philadelphia area. In that time she served, among other roles, as an elementary teacher, a middle school math gifted education teacher, and a math and STEAM specialist. She holds Pennsylvania teaching certificates in elementary and middle school math education, as well as an undergraduate degree in psychology and two graduate degrees in education. Most recently, Mrs. Portnoy earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Cabrini University, presenting research in math curriculum alignment from kindergarten through twelfth grade and how the effects of gaps and overlaps on all students, particularly gifted students. Currently, she is the Founder and Director of Curriculum for her own educational services business that focuses on learning gaps and also provides a wide range of services for students, parents, and educators through a lens of personalized learning. Mrs. Portnoy has also served locally as a PAGE Affiliate president when her own children were younger.
Board Member: Deanie Gauntlett
Deanie Gauntlett resides in Exton, PA (Downingtown Area School District) with her wonderful husband, two fantastic children, and an adorable dog. She currently works for ifm efector, inc. in Malvern, PA, and has been with them for 18 years in order fulfillment. Her work has her utilizing her technical and operational skills to help ship orders and work with customers. Ms. Gauntlett’s gifted education journey began in 2004 with the birth of her son, Daniel, and then her daughter, Abby, in 2006. From an early age, her children could read and do other things other children were not doing (like memorizing six forms of the periodic table), which led Ms. Gauntlett to look for resources for her children. She soon realized her children just needed more, and luckily, she found out about a nearby PAGE conference just in time. Ms. Gauntlett walked into the PAGE conference and begged to be let in, which PAGE happily accommodated. She then founded the Downingtown Area Gifted Education Network (Downingtowngifted.org) as an affiliate chapter of PAGE in 2013 due to attending that conference. Ms. Gauntlett has been active with PAGE, attending conferences and becoming a local expert on the Gifted Individual Education Plan, often meeting with parents to help them understand what a GIEP is and how they can best partner with their school district. DAGEN also has hosted speakers and met for monthly coffees. As part of her advocacy work, Ms. Gauntlett became interested in learning how her local school board worked and ran for school board (but lost) in 2017. Also, in 2017, Ms. Gauntlett was named the PAGE Parent of the Year for her advocacy work with parents and the local school district. Ms. Gauntlett has also led workshops on GIEPs. Ms. Gauntlett enjoys volunteering her time by answering Pennsylvania parents’ questions about gifted education on social media, such as the Hoagies Gifted Discussion Facebook group. She also volunteers with her church and her kids’ school, the University Scholars Program, part of the PA Leadership Charter School. For fun, she is an avid reader and wannabe knitter. As her children transition to college, Ms. Gauntlett is excited to join the PAGE board to represent the parent perspective. She looks forward to continuing to help parents make the best decisions for their gifted children, using her hard-won knowledge and PAGE resources.