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Dr. Leticia Hahn
Niagara County

Dr. Leticia Hernández de Hahn is a faculty member in the Department of Education at Niagara University and works in close collaboration with the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented at the University of Connecticut. She has worked in the field of giftedness at various institutions in Latin America and in Europe, including the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, where she served as a core faculty member and academic advisor in the Psychology of Excellence program.

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Mary Kay Lewis

912 Copper Kettle Road
Webster, NY 14580
Monroe County

Mary Kay received her Bachelor of Science degree from Nazareth College; her Master of Science degree from State University of New York at Brockport and her School Administrator Supervisor degree from Canisius College. Mary Kay is presently the president of MKLewis, LLC an Educational Consulting Company. As a consultant, she works with teachers, parents and administrators in the areas of gifted education, differentiated instruction, assessment and Annual Professional Performance Review for numerous districts within NYS.

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Amy Quinn
Essex County

Born in Glens Falls, Amy has resided in the Adirondack Mountains for the last 15 years. She and her husband live in Lake Placid, where they are raising two gifted sons, one who is Twice Exceptional. Amy is an attorney who has practiced law privately as well as in both county and state government positions. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Western New England College School of Law, Amy hopes to bring her time, energy and talents to the cause of advancing and supporting gifted education across New York State.

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Damon Piletz

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Damon entered teaching after working in the criminal justice field.  He has taught gifted & talented students from Kindergarten to college.  His focus has always been on providing enriching experiences and differentiating the environment to allow for students to take intellectual risks.  His passion for learning and teaching has brought him to his current position as a resource teacher in the Gifted & Talented Education Department at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES.  Damon’s approach is both unique and eclectic, using many different approaches to meet the needs of gifted children in many districts.

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Dr. Gwen Frank

Dr. Frank holds a B.S. in Elementary Education, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in gifted education, a Diploma in Professional Education (post master’s degree) specializing in gifted education from the University of Connecticut – Storrs, and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in gifted education from the University of Houston. Currently, Dr. Frank is assistant professor at SUNY Oneonta in the Reading and Elementary Education department. She and her husband, Gary, left the “nest” in San Antonio, Texas leaving three capable children and a grandchild in Texas. Having arrived in Oneonta in July, she is ready to work towards getting services provided to gifted and advanced students here in NY.


Paula Beerse


Ontario County | Paula Beerse is currently the gifted education teacher at the K-2 building in the Geneva City School District where she has been for the last eight years. She received her Undergraduate and Master’s degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges where she was a scholar athlete. During her gifted education studies at Nazareth College, she left the
elementary classroom to focus on expanding the gifted education program in her district.
One of her many contributions to gifted education at West Street School is a student
leadership program for second graders, which partnered with Hobart and William Smith
Colleges to create the Youth Leadership College (YLC).

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Sophia Burden


Onondaga County
Sophia Burden began teaching after graduating from Canisius College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. Since the completion of that degree, she has obtained a Master’s in Education and is currently completing a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership at Syracuse University. Since becoming a teacher in 2004, she has worked with students with disabilities ages 5-21, worked as a general education classroom teacher for several years, was a peer observer for the Syracuse City School District, and has maintained her current role as a classroom teacher leader since the opening of The Syracuse Latin School in 2014, where she was named to the TNTP Fishman Prize Honor Roll.


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