President:  Ciminy St. Clair, EdD

Dr. Ciminy St. Clair earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Penn State University. In Leesburg, Virginia, she taught first grade at Ball’s Bluff Elementary School before moving to Norwin School District where she has been in the gifted department for over 17 years. She has served as the kindergarten through fourth grade and secondary gifted coordinators taught 5th Grade Social Studies and 6th Grade Global Studies, and functioned as a case manager in various grade levels 5-12. She holds her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University, a Gifted Endorsement through Millersville University, and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. At both the local and state levels, she is an active PAGE member and represents Pennsylvania at the national level through NAGC. Dr. St. Clair has presented at various venues locally, nationally, and internationally on a wide variety of educational topics with a focus in gifted education.

Vice-President: Dave Mendell 

Dave Mendell has been an elementary school teacher in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District for 25 years.  While his tenure as a Teacher of the Gifted began just over eight 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.  Dave has presented at numerous conferences including PETE&C, ISTE and the International Society for Autism Research.  Dave 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.

Treasurer: 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.

Secretary:  Susan Heydt

Susan Heydt is currently the Secondary Teacher of the Gifted in the Donegal School District in Central Pennsylvania, in her 24th 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.  Mrs. Heydt has been on the PAGE Board for five years, serving in a variety of roles including Affiliate Director,  Social Media Coordinator, and currently as Secretary.

Affiliate Director: 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 ( 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.

Past 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.

You may read more about Kali on LinkedIn .

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:  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.

Board Member:  Lauren Almlof

Lauren Almlof earned her bachelor’s degree in Special Education from West Chester University and her master’s in Education from Gratz College. She is a special education teacher at Bucks County Technical High School where she created and now facilities programming for gifted learners, is a special education case manager, and an English teacher. Lauren earned her Gifted Endorsement through the Bucks County Intermediate Unit in conjunction with Holy Family University. Her passion has been and continues to be, working with non-traditional gifted learners and their families. She brings a unique perspective to the table as an educator in a comprehensive technical high school. 

Board Member: Tammy McDonald, PhD

Dr. Tammy McDonald is a Gifted Support Specialist and department leader in the Bethlehem Area School District in Bethlehem, PA where she has taught for 31 years. Her degrees include a B.A. in Psychology and Elementary Education from Muhlenberg College , an M.A. in Education from Kutztown University and a M.S. in Educational Technology from Wilkes University. She also received her PhD in Human Development with an emphasis in Strategic Leadership and Academic Systems from Marywood University. Dr. McDonald holds a K-12 gifted endorsement certificate from Millersville University and a K-12 Principal Certification from Marywood University. Her areas of research interest include but are not limited to: Gifted students, diversity/equity identification practices, social/emotional learning, and supporting gifted students in the regular education classroom. Dr. McDonald takes the lead in secondary gifted education and believes all students should have the experience of autonomy with choice as well as challenge in their education. She develops and presents professional development for gifted and regular education teachers and leads by example.

Board Member: Scott Stickney

Reporter. Writer. Fundraiser. Marketing and Advertising Executive. Graphic Designer. Educator. Scott, a self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades Master of Education, has found that the reality of his career trajectory has not followed a straight line but more the path of a character from the Family Circus comic strip. Despite three decades of this roundabout work journey, Scott has worked tirelessly as Enrichment & Career Services Facilitator at Hampton High School, north of Pittsburgh, nurturing students’ desires to learn for learning’s sake and to think outside the box while learning the box. His focus in this administrative/teaching role has been on the integration of STEAM, PBL, PBE, 21st-century soft skills, collective problem solving, prototyping and creative freedom more vigorously across all curricula at his school in an effort to teach students how to be resourceful, self-directed learners and agents of change. In his career, Scott has taught 20+ courses, in three departments and two buildings, spanning the age spectrum from 6th to 12th grade with many multi-age courses. Starting in August 2023, he will be taking on an adjunct faculty position at the University of Buffalo teaching online classes in a reboot of its gifted and talented education post-graduate certificate program.

Board Member: Lindsay Wood

Lindsay Wood has been proudly teaching gifted education for the last 14 of her 18 year career in elementary education.  Lindsay is a graduate of the University of Georgia in 2004 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Child and Family Development. She went on to add her Gifted Endorsement shortly after beginning her teaching career.  In Atlanta, Georgia, she taught 4th grade, 1st grade and elementary gifted support before moving to Pennsylvania in 2009.  Lindsay was hired by the Pennridge School District in Eastern PA as an elementary gifted support teacher where she continues to teach in this role today.  She continued her education by earning her Master’s in Education and her Reading Specialist Certification from Cabrini College in 2011.  In the fall of 2019, Lindsay added STEM specialist to her teaching title, servicing all students grades 1st-5th with STEM education classes on a weekly basis in addition to her gifted support role.  She went on to earn her STEM certification from Wilkes University in April of 2021. Lindsay is passionate about connecting the gifted community of students, parents, and educators to promote understanding, educational opportunities and focus on the social and emotional needs of gifted learners.  Lindsay lives in Lansdale, PA with her husband Jason and two daughters, Lucy and Matilda.

Board Member: Bronwyn Korchnak

Bronwyn Krochnak earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Seton Hill College in 1996 and worked in environmental R&D before returning to Seton Hill and earning a teaching certificate in 1999.  That same year Bronwyn started teaching at Seton LaSalle High School in Pittsburgh.  I had a wonderful mentor who helped me learn and grow in my first few years of teaching. In the fall of 2002, she started teaching at Hopewell Senior High and has been there ever since.  In 2012 Bronwyn took over the gifted department for grades 9-12 and her world was flipped upside down.  Bronwyn’s son was 5 years old then and identified as gifted within months of this job shift.  She dove headfirst into the world of giftedness and hasn’t looked back since.  She have my PA Endorsement and Gifted certificate through Millersville University.

Bronwyn has been active within PAGE presenting at various conferences since 2014.  This past spring she presented a twice-exceptional parent-2-parent night.  Her focus is on twice-exceptional students as well as the need for their social and emotional learning.  She has shared the story of her son and their journal from 5 years old to the current 16 years old and all the challenges that 2E brings. She feels as a parent living through it, helping her child find himself and ways to succeed through many challenges gives her great insight.  “My experiences as a mom in this area has helped me to help my students!  I encourage and challenge them in ways that are beyond the academic.  I feel the biggest thing I can do for my students is to help them advocate for themselves.”

When Bronwyn has free time she enjoys reading books dealing with 2E students and martial arts.  She am a 4th-degree black belt and master instructor of Tang Soo D and trains with both of her sons.  She loves to watch movies (often looking for the gifted lesson within), cross-stitch, and ride my motorcycle.  She look forward to growing and expanding my knowledge and role within the gifted community through PAGE.

Board Member: Paul Kernan

Paul Kernan graduated from the University of Scranton in 1989 with a BS in Education and he completed the requirements for his PA Social Studies Certificate.  In the spring of 2005, he completed the requirements for his N-12 Certificate in Special Education at East Stroudsburg University.  Since that time, he has earned his master’s degree and most recently his gifted endorsement letter from Wilkes University.   Prior to joining the team at the East Stroudsburg High School – South, Paul was in management/administration of several local not-for-profit agencies and later functioned as the director of adult continuing education at the Monroe Career and Technical Institute.   For more than 20 years, he has had the honor of serving the people of East Stroudsburg in a variety of positions such as mock trial coach, social studies teacher, and as a special education teacher/case manager, while also serving as the president of the East Stroudsburg Education Association.  Currently, he oversees the school’s gifted program while also teaching AP Psychology and he has done this since January 2013. Paul is a lifelong resident of Scranton and has drawn on his own childhood and adult experiences to help him redesign South’s gifted program.  Paul strives to create a student-centered program that meets the unique educational and emotional needs of the gifted student.  He also seeks to provide real-life educational experience to all students via community service projects.  It is Paul’s goal to help future parents and educators find creative ways to meet both the emotional and educational needs of our students.


Board Member: Dr. Elizabeth Schucker

Dr. Elizabeth Schucker has been teaching for 20 years and has served in a variety of roles in education, namely as an inclusive fourth-grade teacher for the Schuylkill Valley School District in Leesport, Pa. As a classroom teacher, she focused on differentiation for all learners, but realized a desire to teach and advocate for gifted and 2e students. Dr. Schucker has served as the district’s K-8 Gifted Teacher and Coordinator of Gifted Programming for the past 3 years. She holds a master’s degree in Reading with a Reading Specialist Certificate from Kutztown University, and a doctoral degree through Kutztown University’s Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Transformational Teaching and Learning in Education, supported by the Carnegie Consortium (CPED). Dr. Schucker is also pursuing a Gifted Endorsement from Millersville University. Her work highlighting students’ motivation for change agency through a book club model was recently included in an edited book that engages readers in classroom strategies for teaching challenged and challenging topics through diverse and inclusive literature. Dr. Schucker enjoys creating and implementing a  responsive gifted curriculum that engages learners in a partnership model. She continues to explore how agency-based curriculum challenges students’ thinking, cultivates civic identity and enthusiasm for leadership, and creates connections to real-world topics through problem and project-based learning. Dr. Schucker enjoys sharing this work and learning from others through various forms of professional development. She has presented at
various local, state, and national conferences with sessions focused on a variety of topics in critical literacy and gifted education.

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Administrative Director: Kacey Shoupe

Kacey Shoupe has served PAGE since 2019.  She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Information Management. Kacey lives north of Pittsburgh with her husband and two children. In her free time, she loves to read, craft, and bake. She is always happy to connect with PAGE members, email her at