Welcome to POGS!
POGS (Parents of Gifted Students) is a program sponsored by E.A. Young Academy. Parents of gifted students face unique parenting obstacles while facing influence from societal, familial, and personal levels. The purpose of POGS is to facilitate the “Oh your kid does that too?!” moments while providing applicable resources and advice on a variety of subjects related to the everyday responsibilities of raising a gifted child. We hope to increase your confidence as a parent of a gifted student and provide you with tools you can utilize for years to come. Please join us to hear from professionals in the field and connect within our community of gifted students and their families.
Mattie Oveross currently serves as the Gifted Community Engagement Coordinator for E.A. Young Academy. She earned her bachelor’s of science degree in Development and Family Studies from the University of North Texas. Mattie is now currently pursuing her PhD in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Gifted and Talented Education. Her current areas of research include preschool gifted education services, parenting of gifted students, and sexuality and sexual tendencies of gifted children and adolescents. Mattie is a member of the Texas Association for Gifted Children, National Association for Gifted Children, and Southwest Educational Research Association. Recent research has led her to present at the Southwest Educational Research Association annual conference as well as the NAGC and TAGT annual conferences.
Mattie also served as an intern for the H.E.A.L program at The Parenting Center in Fort Worth, TX. She was instrumental in the launch of this home visiting parent education program. A combination of knowledge of child development, family science, and needs of the gifted and talented prepares Mattie to lead the POGS program at E.A. Young Academy.
“I am very excited to not only share my knowledge, but also learn from the parents who participate in the POGS classes and meetings. If one parent goes home feeling more confident and secure in their parenting efforts, then POGS has accomplished its goal. I can’t wait to dive into the content and build a community of parents with shared goals and struggles.”
Carol Raymond, MEd currently serves as the Director of Assessment & Special Programs and Middle and Upper School STEM instructor at EA Young Academy. Carol has experience as a gifted and talented specialist, classroom teacher, elementary music specialist, and private music instructor. Carol’s three stepdaughters have been instrumental in her quest for learning more about the unique social and emotional needs of gifted individuals, particularly highly gifted and twice exceptional learners.
As a gifted specialist in the public school system, Carol recognized the need for specialized training and community development for parents of gifted individuals. She began an informal book study for parents at her elementary school. After completing SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator training, Carol extended the reach of the parent education program to the district and then to the Metroplex. Her nationwide research study regarding the effectiveness of the SMPG model was recognized as the top Non-Doctoral Completed Research at the 2011 NAGC Graduate Gala. An article based on this research but adapted for parents was published in the SENGvine and is also featured in Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted: 30 Essays on Giftedness, 30 Years of SENG.
Soon after joining the staff of E.A. Young, Carol established the “Institute for Innovation in Gifted Education.” For three years, this institute has had teachers and parents meet together to learn from experts in the gifted community and then dialogue with each other to help build the confidence for both parents and educators to create positive classroom to home relationships. Carol frequently presents at TAGT conferences in areas of parent education, social/emotional needs of the gifted and curriculum differentiation.