Director of Assessment & College Advising | MS & US STEM & AP Seminar
Carol Raymond currently serves as the Director of Assessment and College Advising as well as a Secondary STEM and AP Research instructor at EA Young Academy. Carol has experience as a gifted and talented specialist, classroom teacher, elementary music specialist, and private music instructor. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Music Performance (BM) and Elementary Music Education (BME) from the University of Montana, a master’s degree in Gifted Education (MEd) from Hardin Simmons University and an Educational Diagnostician certification from Dallas Baptist University. She is currently pursuing a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA. Prior to coming to Young, she authored numerous differentiated math and science units for a local school district and created multiple years of curriculum for the social/emotional curriculum for Hardin-Simmons University’s summer gifted program, “Threshold.” Her passion area is implementing methods to meet the social and emotional needs of her students through challenging and appropriate academic pursuits.
Carol began performing assessment as a gifted specialist in the public school system. She then continued her training by studying Cognitive Assessment at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri and eventually completed her Educational Diagnostician Certification through Dallas Baptist University. She also completed additional training in cognitive assessment specifically for gifted individuals with Dr. Linda Silverman at the Gifted Development Center in Denver, Colorado.
Professionally, Carol serves on the American Mensa Gifted Youth Committee, is a former chair of the TAGT Communications Committee and is active in the TAGT Research Division, where she has previously served as an officer. She frequently presents at TAGT conferences in areas of parent education, social/emotional needs of the gifted and curriculum differentiation. Recently, Carol was named the 2015 TAGT Educator of the Gifted. She has also received awards for excellence in science education from the Texas Medical Association and the Fort Worth Science & Engineering ISEF affiliated fair. While completing her graduate degree, Carol received the Mensa Education Foundation Scholarship as well as the NAGC A. Henry Passow Teacher Scholarship. Carol also serves as a SENG Model Parent Group (SMPG) Facilitator and is an SMPG Facilitator Trainer. 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.
Carol loves spending time with her three talented step-daughters, her husband, Mike, and their two furchildren Cooper and Annabeth. She serves as her church’s pianist/organist. Carol has been involved with creative problem-solving organizations for over twenty years and currently serves on the Mid-Cities Regional Board for Destination ImagiNation.