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Gayla Edwards

Gifted & Talented

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Educational History:

I graduated from Havana High School in Havana, Arkansas. I then graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, with degrees in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.  I went on to Arkansas Tech University to receive my Gifted and Talented Education certification.  

Current Position:

As Gifted and Talented teacher and Coordinator, I work in several different capacities. I teach whole group Enrichment in Kindergarten, first, and second grades.  I teach pull-out classes of GT student in 3rd-6th grades.   Teachers of core courses in 7th and 8th grades have training in Teaching in Secondary Content, in order to enrich learning of gifted students in those grades.  Students in 9th-12th grade may take Pre-AP and AP classes. I meet with 7th-12th grade GT students monthly.

Previous Position:

I have taught for over twenty-five years in the classroom and in Gifted and Talented Education.  As well as Hackett, I have taught in Magazine and Fort Smith schools in Arkansas.

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Hackett GT Program Wins Award



Hackett Gifted and Talented Program Named Best in State

The Hackett Schools Gifted and Talented Education program was recently named the best program of its kind in Arkansas.  The Arkansas Governor’s Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education selected the Hackett School District to receive the Act. 56 award this year, for the most outstanding Gifted and Talented Education program in Arkansas, in schools of less than 1000 students.  

The award comes with $3000 to be used for the Gifted and Talented Education program at Hackett.

Hackett Gifted and Talented Education Coordinator Gayla Edwards accepted the award at the annual AGATE (Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education) conference awards luncheon in Hot Springs.

Ms. Edwards stated:

 “We have outstanding Gifted and Talented Education programs in our  school districts across Arkansas. I am proud to teach Gifted and Talented Education in Arkansas, and honored to accept this award for the Hackett School District.

This achievement is due to support from school administration, teachers, all staff, students, parents, and community members. Thank you for your support for our school!”


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