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Director of Education Honored for Distinguished Service to Gifted and Talented Education

March 20, 2007

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Dr. Sue Teele, Director of Education of UCR Extension

The California Association for the Gifted awarded Sue Teele, director of Education at UCR Extension, with the CAG Distinguished Service Award this month at the 45th Annual CAG Conference in Santa Clara. Teele was one of 10 recipients to receive the honor this year. She represents the Joshua Tree Region, which encompasses Riverside, San Bernardino and Inyo counties.

"Sue Teele has worked tirelessly to promote all aspects of education, including programs that focus on the gifted and talented," said Sheila Dwight, interim dean of UCR Extension. "Teachers, students and family members of the gifted and talented have all benefited from her work."

Since 1980, Teele has served as administrator for over 900 courses, inservices, credentials and certificate programs provided annually to more than 12,000 educators through UCR Extension. She oversees 18 Extension programs approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Teele also serves as administrator for 25 UCR certificate programs, including the Gifted and Talented Education Certificate.

"It was great honor to receive this award on behalf of my work with UCR Extension's GATE programs and Expanding programs for youth." Teele said. "It is a pleasure to work with the teachers in these programs. UCR Extension offered the very first GATE certificate program in the state during the early 1980s. This program has continued to be an excellent program and as a result our GATE students have benefited from their teachers' enhanced knowledge."

Teele has coordinated and offered eight gifted conferences, co-sponsored by California Association for the Gifted (CAG) and various school districts since 1989. Teele also developed an innovative summer program for gifted children in grades 3-9, titled "Expanding Horizons." This program celebrates its 25th year this coming summer and has touched the lives of over 4,000 school-aged children.

The CAG Distinguished Service Award was started in 2003. Honorees are selected based on their proven commitment to gifted children and their service to CAG and other organizations for gifted learners.

Teele has been selected to serve on the CAG Foundation Board, in which she will help raise funds for special programs that will benefit GATE teachers and students.

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