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About Us

The Gifted Advocacy Council of Hillsborough, Inc. (GACH, Inc.) was founded in 2007 by a dedicated group of parents, some of whom are also educators, of gifted children.  Our mission is to promote and support a high quality education for gifted students, to inform and unite parents of gifted students in Hillsborough County, and to advocate on behalf of gifted students.  As a non-profit organization, GACH, Inc. will inform the public of legislation, policies and programs affecting gifted students and hold quarterly meetings featuring speakers and topics of broad interest to the members.  Our website is designed for parents who need a network and additional resources to help them meet the educational needs of their gifted students.  Here you will find links to our calendar of events, parent resources and other useful information. 

There are approximately 16,000 gifted students, defined as children whose IQs exceed 130 on a formally administered intelligence test, in the District.  There may be many more who are not yet identified.  The law entitles these students to a differentiated curriculum that meets their emotional and educational needs.  We expect to develop a strong partnership with local schools, the School District of Hillsborough County and state lawmakers to ensure that our teachers receive the training and resources necessary to support a relevant and rigorous gifted curriculum, and that our students receive gifted services through 12th grade.

Membership in GACH, Inc. is open to anyone interested in issues surrounding gifted education.  The Membership Form, as well as meeting topics, times and locations, can be downloaded from the GACH website, www.GACHFlorida.org, or by contacting Stephanie Georgiades, at (813) 334-7315.

 

Text Box: Board of Directors
Stephanie D. Georgiades, M.A., President
Michael S. Matthews, Ph.D., 1st Vice-President
Linda Fort Smith, J.D., 2nd Vice-President 
Meredith Miller, M.A., Treasurer
                    , Secretary
Lauri Kirsch, Ed.D., SDHC Liaison
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Site Parent/Teacher Contacts  If your school/area does not have a contact person to gather and disseminate information relating to current gifted issues and legislative actions and you are interested in serving in this capacity please contact the President.  You must be a current member to serve as a School Contact.

Text Box: Committee Chairs
 Jeffrey Butt, Esq., Budget & Finance
Patricia Sanders, Ed.D, Membership
Yvette Green, Student Enrichment
                       , Home Education
Angela Hartle, Programs
Linda Fort Smith, J.D., Public Relations
Stephanie Georgiades, M.A., Website
 
 
 

 


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Last modified: 08/12/08

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