Founded in 1978, the South Carolina Consortium for Gifted Education has been a primary source of professional development training for school district personnel involved in the design and implementation of educational services for gifted and talented students.

Through collaborative efforts with the state’s school districts and the South Carolina Department of Education, the officers and Board of Directors of SCCGE have provided frequent opportunities for South Carolina educators to learn from world-renowned experts in the fields of gifted education, curriculum design and delivery, psychology of learning, student identification, character and needs, student assessment, gifted program development and program evaluation.

SCCGE promotes excellence and provides vital leadership in education through workshops, state and regional meetings and an annual conference. It serves as a resource network for school district, college and university personnel to disseminate information on pending legislation, current research and evolving trends and issues in gifted education.

Each year since its incorporation as a state professional development and advocacy agency, the membership of SCCGE and its influence has increased as educators have become more aware of the characteristics and educational needs of gifted students.

The consortium leadership affiliates with numerous national and global organizations to provide its membership with current research and developments in programming and curriculum design. The officers and Board Members disseminate information on events and resources through this Web site and print communications.

SCCGE seeks to empower, endow and enrich the instruction and leadership abilities of South Carolina teachers of gifted in their mission to enhance and nurture the potential of gifted and talented students.

2017 - 2018 OFFICERS

Tami Richardson

Tami Richardson

Denise Zacherl

Denise Zacherl

Lesia Patterson

Lesia Patterson

Joy Gray

Joy Gray

Dr. Julie Swanson

Dr. Julie Swanson

Past President


Rick Blanchard

Cathy Chalmers
Greenwood 50

Jean Chandler
Retired, Charleston
Palmetto Scholars Academy Board of Directors

Amy Coker

Sally Dover
Converse College

Merrie Fisher
Retired, Berkeley

Joy Gray
Carolinian Consultancy

Thomas Hebert
University of South Carolina

Scot Hockman
Retired, SC Dept of Education

Jack Hutto
Hampton 1

Maria Kratsios
Richland 2

Tom McDuffie

Lesia Patterson
Spartanburg 7

Carrie Ann Power
Arts Association, SC Department of Education

Tami Richardson
Lexington/Richland 5

Cindy Riddle
Spartanburg 1

Linda Shaylor
Retired, Kershaw

Jane Snyder

Julie Swanson
College of Charleston

Angela Tanner
Florence 2

Virginia Tate
SC Department of Education

Marva Tigner

Denise Zacherl
Dorchester 2