2021 Outstanding Teacher of The Gifted (6-12) for The State of North Carolina!
The North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented (NCAGT) recently announced Cumberland County School (CCS) teacher Jennifer Senter as the 2021 NCAGT Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted for Grades 6-12. The announcement was made today during the 46th annual NCAGT Conference that was held virtually.
Senter, who works as an AIG Teacher/Consultant at John Griffin Middle School for students in grades 6-8, was first chosen by her colleagues as the CCS Academically/Intellectually Gifted Teacher of the Year for 2020-2021 and then was nominated for the state-level competition by the district's AIG Coordinator, Carrie Childers. From there, the NCAGT Board of Directors selected Senter as the recipient of the honor.
"Mrs. Senter's nomination and now selection as the Gifted Teacher of the Year in North Carolina is an acknowledgment of both her past and present accomplishments in the field of gifted education," said Childers. "She is highly respected by her colleagues, parents, and students. They describe her as an outstanding teacher who is 'a ray of sunshine' and a leader in gifted education. She is intentional about recognizing the potential in students and advocating for their gifted needs."
Senter provides academic, intellectual, and social/emotional services to approximately 220 identified AIG students through direct instruction, classroom consultation, and advisement. The long-time educator works with cluster classes helping teachers to meet the needs of the gifted students in the regular classroom through extension, enrichment, and acceleration. She is also a
Math I teacher at John Griffin Middle.
According to Childers, one of Senter's students describes her as “a very encouraging and really fun teacher who provides rigorous activities, but also focuses on our feelings.”
2021 NCAGT Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted Jennifer Senter