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So You Want to Start a Summer Camp? A Secret Insider's Guide to Starting Your Own

Friday, November 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 201 A

We have all heard the pleas from our students, “Do we have to have summer break?” or “I don’t want school to end!” Just because the school year ends does not mean that gifted students’ love of learning is extinguished. Join us and learn how your school or district can SHINE A LIGHT on learning and engagement beyond the regular academic year. We share over a decade’s worth of experiences of the ins and outs of planning and running a week-long camp. Gifted teachers, coordinators, and administrators will leave this session confident to begin the camp planning process.

Carmen M. Smith-Webb

Teacher and Director of Gifted Summer Program
Pitt County Schools and East Carolina University

Carmen Webb has been with the Pitt County Public School system for fifteen years. During this time she has spent six years as an Academically and Intellectually Gifted teacher as well as serving as a regular education teacher to gifted cluster groups. Mrs. Webb earned her MAEd and B.S. degrees in Elementary Education at East Carolina University. For 13 years she has also partnered with East Carolina University to begin a university/public school system partnership to foster gifted education during the summer while training teachers who are obtaining their gifted licensure. Mrs. Webb served as a Master Teacher for the first six years and has served as the Camp Director for the past seven. She helps maintain the districts partnership between the public school system and university. Mrs. Webb has a team of dedicated people that she collaborates with and work directly with county AIG teachers, administrators, and university professors to provide quality educational experiences for the gifted learners in the district.

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Julie B. Howard

Teacher of Academically Gifted and Master Teacher In Gifted Summer Program
Pitt County Schools and East Carolina University

Julie Howard is an Academically and Intellectually Gifted Teacher with Pitt County Schools and a Master Teacher with the East Carolina University and Pitt County Schools AIG Summer Camp. In 2013, she was honored as the Pitt County Schools AIG Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for the 2014 North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted. Mrs. Howard earned her Masters and Bachelor's of Science degrees in Elementary Education from East Carolina University. She received her National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist in 2010. Mrs. Howard has taught in Pitt County Schools for twenty-four years, spending the past seventeen teaching the academically and intellectually gifted and seven years as a regular education teacher in fourth and second grades. For nine years she has also partnered with East Carolina University as a Master Teacher, creating gifted education experiences for students in a week long summer camp while providing practicum experiences to teachers obtaining gifted licensure. Julie believes that all gifted learners are unique, and she continually seeks ways to engage students in academically rigorous learning environments which stimulate creative thinking, problem solving, and develop perseverance while allowing them to stretch and grow personally.

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Karen G. Eberenz

Teacher of Academically Gifted and Master Teacher in Gifted Summer Program
Pitt County Schools and East Carolina University

Karen Eberenz has taught for twenty-nine years, and has been a teacher of the Academically and Intellectually Gifted students of Pitt County Public School System for the past 15 years. As a teacher of the gifted, she has worked with students in grades kindergarten through eighth grades. In 2014 Karen was named Pitt County School’s AIG Teacher of the Year, and in 2015 she was named NCAGT’s Teacher of the Year. For the last eight years, Karen has worked as a Master Teacher in a summer camp for gifted students through a collaboration with Pitt County Schools and East Carolina University. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Home Economics and Masters in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Karen also received her National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist in 2010. She began her teaching career in Guilford County Schools, and spent five years teaching in Georgia as a fourth grade teacher before coming to Pitt County. Karen believes that gifted learners deserve rigorous engagement through challenging learning experiences where they are allowed to inquire, be creative, and grow both intellectually and emotionally on a daily basis.

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Brian C. Housand

Associate Professor
East Carolina University

Brian Housand is an associate professor and co-coordinator of the Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program at East Carolina University. Brian proudly identifies himself as a GEEK. In 2014, he received the Max Ray Joyner Award for Outstanding Teaching in Distance Education at ECU. Dr. Housand earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut with an emphasis in both gifted education and instructional technology. He currently serves on the NAGC Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large. Brian frequently presents and works as an educational consultant on the integration of technology and enrichment into the curriculum. He is currently researching ways in which technology can enhance the learning environment and is striving to define creative-productive giftedness in a digital age. His website is http://brianhousand.com or follow him on Twitter at brianhousand

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