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Happy New Year From the President

What a great way to finish last year with giftED21 in Dallas! If you were able to attend in person or virtually, I do hope it provided inspiration and connections that will support you in whatever role you serve.

Welcome back to school and happy New Year! 
What a great way to finish last year with giftED21 in Dallas! If you were able to attend in person or virtually, I do hope it provided inspiration and connections that will support you in whatever role you serve.
 
Welcome back to school and happy New Year! 
 
Last month, at giftED21, while enjoying great programming, engaging conversations, connecting with old friends, and meeting new ones, I had the honor of stepping into the role as your TAGT Board President. As I wholeheartedly expressed in this transition, my leadership is not about me; it is about the gifted students sitting in our classrooms and on our campuses. In the midst of these crazy times, it is the students that keep me grounded in “WHY” we do what we do. 
 
It is recalling the verbose 8-year-old who rocked my teaching world with his vibrant mind, inspiring ideas, and piercing questions, causing me to search out new ways to meet his needs. It is the sticky note left on my desk as a middle school teacher, from a student that identifies as second-generation female, that simply said, “Thanks for making it OK for me to be smart.” Most recently it was a sincere affirmation from an intuitive college student, one of our “future educators,” when I needed it most. She told me that she was glad to see that even when I had a hard day, where everything did not go as planned, I could own it and move through it. It is reassuring to know that she will be in classrooms with our students one day. These and so many individuals are my “whys.”
  
While 2022 marks the beginning of a new year, as educators, it is the beginning of the midpoint of our academic year. As helpful as I find it to reflect back on our “why” during challenging times, we are now also at the point of “HOW.” How can we navigate 2022? How do we discover new possibilities and what is our next plan? How do we continue to find answers, meet the needs of our students, and ourselves, while continuing to address the challenges of current times? 
 
TAGT has always been part of my how, and I encourage you to ensure TAGT is a part of yours too! My own experience has shown me that there are many ways to connect and find solutions through the TAGT community.
I hope that 2022 provides you with new possibilities, new “whys,” and a little more “how.” 
 
Be safe, be well, and all the best,
 
Christina T. Dearman, Ph.D.
 
TAGT Board President
 

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