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District Five Coordinator of Gifted Programs receives award for Outstanding Professional Contributio

IRMO, SC – School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties’ Coordinator of Gifted Programs and Visual and Performing Arts Programs, Tami Richardson, has been recognized with the Outstanding Professional Contribution to Gifted Education in South Carolina award by the South Carolina Consortium for Gifted Education (SCCGE). The award was given in recognition of her advocacy for students and her dedication to professional development for educators. Richardson was one of four to receive the award at this year’s SCCGE annual conference in Columbia, SC.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to provide leadership in the field of gifted education in South Carolina,” said Mrs. Richardson. “I was truly humbled to be a recipient of the award because there are many people that are passionate about gifted education. I'm honored to be among the ones selected for the award.”

Richardson is currently serving as President of SCCGE. This is her sixth year as a Board Member and she has served on the Executive Committee for four of those years, two as Secretary and two as President. The annual SCCGE two-day professional development conference had over 400 teachers in attendance this year. The theme was “Forward to the Future” encouraging educators to look forward, blaze new pathways, and assist all students in realizing their full potential.

The South Carolina Consortium for Gifted Education is committed to offering all learners, including gifted and high ability learners, pathways to grow. SCCGE works with the state’s school districts and the South Carolina Department of Education to provide professional development training for educators involved in the design and implementation of educational services for talented and gifted students. It serves as a resource for teachers and parents, and as an advocacy group for students.

District Five Chief Instruction Officer Dr. Christina Melton was proud of Richardson’s service and accomplishments. “Mrs. Richardson is an advocate of gifted children who believes in reaching teachers to prepare them to meet the unique needs of students. She is well respected among the gifted educators across South Carolina to be selected for this prestigious award and position,” said Dr. Melton. “Mrs. Richardson is an ambassador for gifted students and those teachers who serve them.”

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