Minnesota Council for the Gifted & Talented

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Prior-Lake Savage Chapter Meeting 24 March 2015

SPAN’s next meeting will take place on Tuesday March 24 at 7pm in the WestWood Media Center.

Westwood Elementary School
5370 WestWood Drive SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372

The meeting will feature Katy Hallberg, former high school math teacher and gifted specialist, who will speak on underachievement. Teacher CEU certificates will be available.

Katy Hallberg was employed for thirty years in the Prior Lake–Savage Area School District, where she taught all but two existing math classes from grades seven through twelve. During her final eighteen years, Katy taught the AP Calculus classes at Prior Lake Senior High, developing the BC class after taking over the AB class. All of Katy’s students took the AP exam, and 80 to 100% every year received the top scores of four or five. Katy was a frequent presenter at state and national math conferences.

Katy helped develop the district-wide Synergy program and led the gifted program at Prior Lake Senior High for over twenty years.

Although retired since 2007, Katy currently tutors between ten to twenty students a week in math, helping them move from underachievement to grades of A or B.

Katy received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation in 1991, the Prior Lake Secondary Teacher of Excellence Award in 1990, and was selected by the National Science Foundation in 1995 to receive the Minnesota Presidential Award for Excellence in Secondary Mathematics Teaching. In 2010, Katy was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Prior Lake Patrons of the Arts and Activities.

Katy will share her perspective on gifted student underachievement, some early influences and indicators, and strategies that have worked for her in turning underachieving students around.

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