Carol Raymond currently serves as the Director of Assessment and College Advising as well as the instructor for AP Capstone courses and AP Statistics. Carol has experience as a gifted and talented specialist, classroom teacher, elementary music specialist, and private music instructor.
Carol’s eclectic educational background includes 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, an Educational Diagnostician certification from Dallas Baptist University and a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA. She has authored differentiated math and science curriculum for a large Texas 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 assessments 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 ultimately 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 and Bobbie Gilman at the Gifted Development Center in Denver, Colorado.
Professionally, Carol serves as the chair of the American Mensa Gifted Youth Committee, is a former chair of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) Communications Committee, and has been active in the TAGT Research Division, where she has previously served as an officer. She frequently presents at state and national education conferences in areas of parent education, social/emotional needs of the gifted, and curriculum differentiation. She was recently awarded a National Certificate of Appreciation from American Mensa for her leadership within the Gifted Youth Committee and has been named the TAGT Texas Educator of the Gifted (2015) and the TAGT Piney Woods/Prairie Area Teacher of the Gifted (2012). Additionally, she has 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 National 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 received first place in the 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 has been involved with creative problem-solving organizations for nearly thirty years and currently serves on the Mid-Cities Regional Board for Destination ImagiNation.
Carol loves spending time with her three talented step-daughters, her husband, Mike, and their two furchildren Cooper and Annabeth (both of the feline variety). She recently welcomed her second grandchild into the world, and of all the nicknames she’s ever held, “Gamma Ray” is by far her favorite.
College Counseling Certificate
UCLA Extension, 2019
Educational Diagnostician Certification
Dallas Baptist University, 2016
Master of Education, Gifted Education
Hardin Simmons University, 2010
Bachelor of Music Education
University of Montana, 2001
Bachelor of Music, Oboe Performance
University of Montana, 2000
Contact: craymond (at) eayoungacademy.com