CAG recognizes excellence in education and advocacy for gifted and talented learners in Connecticut through annual awards. The winners are honored as part of our annual conference.
The CAG Educator of the Year Award recognizes a teacher, superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, or other administrator who has gone above and beyond in the lives of gifted children. Nominate a teacher or administrator who has been unusually helpful, innovative, or supportive of gifted children, someone who has made a positive difference in the lives of gifted children in CT.
The CAG Friend of the Gifted Award is awarded to an educator, school administrator, parent, community member, or professional who has profoundly impacted the lives of gifted children in our state.
Nominations for the 2020 awards closed on March 31st, 2020 and winners will be announced in October. Nominations for the 2021 award will open in January 2021.
Scroll down to read about the 2019 Award Winners!
2019 CAG EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
First Grade Teacher
Kropp, of Wolcott Elementary School, was nominated by Catherine Little, PhD, a professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut and director of Project SPARK. In nominating Kropp, Little wrote "Lisa Kropp has been a strong teacher and leader in the implementation of UConn's Project SPARK in her West Hartford school for the past five years. Showing a deep concern for students exhibiting early academic potential, Lisa has honed her ability to meet their needs through her professional learning pursuits. She consistently uses best practices for gifted (and all) students in her classroom and acts as a mentor for other teachers." Wolcott Elementary School principal Scott Dunn said he is "proud to work with such a dedicated educator like Lisa".
2019 CAG FRIEND OF THE GIFTED
Her nomination focused heavily on her tireless commitment to high-potential children and collaboration with Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders and Bridgeport Public Schools in bringing CAG's signature enrichment event, Minds in Motion™, to the families of Bridgeport, for the past 5 years.
John Torres, leader of Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders, a co-chair and organizer of MiM Bridgeport, says "Katie has been instrumental in putting together Minds in Motion Bridgeport. She has been a huge supporter of Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders and the children of Bridgeport.'
'She's such an optimistic person and believes that every child can succeed. For a lady that didn't grow up in Bridgeport, she has acclimated herself to us and the way we do things, while building relationships with key stakeholders in Bridgeport.'
'She is passionate about helping gifted children and has a sincere approach and compassion in helping others. It's evident through her leadership style that she's not above anybody else by being in the weeds to ensure a great experience for children and their parents. We are forever grateful to Katie and extend our congratulations to Katie on the well-deserved recognition.'
Though the nomination focused on her work in Bridgeport, Katie has done so much more over the years for gifted students/parents and educators in Connecticut. As Dr. Sally M. Reis of University of Connecticut said about Katie, 'She is actually the best friend of gifted in our state!'