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Carolyn K., founder and director of Hoagies' Gifted Education Page

Winner of the NAGC Annemarie Roeper Global Awareness Annual Award, NAGC Community Service Award, SENG Service Award, and the PAGE Neuber-Pregler Award

The question is often asked... who are you? Why did you write Hoagies' Gifted Education Page?  And the corollary question, Why is it called Hoagies?  Below, Support Hoagies' Gifted Education Page, Kudos given to Hoagies' Gifted Education Page, and Print Hoagies' Page business cards to hand out, and engage Carolyn K. for a Speaking Appearance at your conference or meeting!

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I am Carolyn K., founder and director of Hoagies' Gifted Education Page (www.hoagiesgifted.org) and Hoagies' Kids and Teens Page (www.hoagieskids.org). I serve again on the Board of Directors for SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) (www.SENGifted.org).  Are you looking for a Gifted Education Speaker?

I was a software engineer by training and trade, with bachelors and masters degrees in software engineering. I didn't develop an interest in gifted education until a few years after the birth of our first child, when we noticed how different she was, and how the 'normal' path through education didn't seem to fit her. It took us several years to really understand, and we're figuring it out all over again with our second child...

As we started to 'figure it out' I was asked to create a course on writing web pages, and later, one on web page design. For a sample project, I organized my then burgeoning bookmarks file into a neat, annotated list where I could easily find my favorite gifted references. This became Hoagies' Gifted Education Page, first made public in March of 1997, with only a single web page and about three scrolls full of links.

Hoagies' Page has grown since then. In 1999 Hoagies' Kids and Teens split off to become a page of its own, with links to books, websites, movies, software, reading lists, contests, and more, for gifted children and teens. Hoagies' Gifted Education Page continues to grow, to its current size of over 400 pages of information on every aspect of raising and educating gifted children that you can think of, plus 20+ years and over 500 additional pages of ERIC Clearinghouse for Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERICEC)!

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Since 1998, I have written for gifted newsletters and journals around the world, including Our Gifted Children, Gifted Education Communicator (was the CAG Communicator), Hollingworth's journal Highly Gifted Children, SENG's newsletter, and a variety of state and local gifted newsletters. I've spoken at conferences including National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC), National Association for Gifted Children Malaysia (NAGCM) (keynote), Beyond IQPennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE), Nebraska Association for the Gifted (NAG), New Jersey Association of Gifted Children (NJAGC), New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), Washington Association for the Education of Talented and Gifted (WAETAG), Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (KAGE), Hollingworth Association for Highly Gifted Children, and others.

I was honored at the Gifted Development Center (GDC) 20th anniversary conference as the "Gifted Information Queen of the Internet" - you should see my crown!  More recently, I was awarded the NAGC Annemarie Roeper Global Awareness Annual Award, the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) Community Service Award, the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE) Neuber-Pregler Award for Outstanding Advocacy Efforts to Assure Quality Education for the Gifted, and the SENG Service Award for exceptional volunteer service to SENG.

The Corollary Question: Why is it called Hoagies'?

To satisfy your curiosity... Why is the page called Hoagies'? Well, like any saga involving gifted children, it's a complicated story.  First, the easy part.  I named the page Hoagies' Gifted Education Page, because when I was first writing the page, my husband and I thought we were persona-non-gratis with the school district our daughter was in, mostly because she demanded to learn in school.  We feared repercussions against her if the powers-that-be discovered the kinds of research and information I was advocating through Hoagies' Gifted Education Page.  Not many people knew it by then, but back in high school, my husband was known as "Hoagie."  By the middle of college, our friends had nicknamed me "Mrs. Hoagie."  So it made sense to use an old nickname that none of our new acquaintances (and school teachers and administrators) knew.  My husband insisted that there was little chance that anyone in that semi-rural district knew how to use PCs or search engines way back in 1997, and he was right, but I was still paranoid...  Suffice it to say, we moved.

That leads to the next question, Why was he called Hoagie?  That's a little more convoluted.  You see, back in high school, in marching band, he was involved with fund-raising hoagie sales (weren't we all?).  He was also in the school's musical theater program, where his most recent adventure at the time was as Dr. Krogmeyer, one of the doctors who examined 'Lil Abner in Washington, D.C..  A few months later, a  friend, Brian Robison, wrote a Christmas piece in his column in the local newspaper, The East Branch Citizen (now defunct), about a quiet elf named Hoagie Krogmeyer who took over the North Pole from the tyrannical rule of Santa.  Now, you have to know my husband... and his classmates did.  They immediately pegged him as the model for the story's main character... and he became "Hoagie." 

Several years ago we had the honor of running into the author of the article / bestower of the nickname, Brian Robison, composer and professor.  With the "East Branch Citizen" newspaper long gone, and Brian's blessing, I reprint here the article that started it all... A Different Slant

And that's who I am: Carolyn K., founder and director of Hoagies' Gifted Education Page, a.k.a. Mrs. Hoagie.

Please also read But You Don't Look Sick's analogy, The Spoon Theory.  (requires Adobe Reader)  This explains a lot about my life.

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