C.O. - Gifted/Talented Program Director
Carmen Lockard is the Gifted and Talented teacher for Grant County Schools. Mrs. Lockard has twenty one years experience in education, teaching Kindergarten for 17 years, plus four years as the gifted and talented teacher. Mrs. Lockard received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University, her Gifted Endorsement and Master's degree from Georgetown College, and her Masters in Instructional Leadership from Northern Kentucky University.
Mrs. Lockard's schedule will be as follows:
Monday - Crittenden-Mt. Zion Elementary
Tuesday - Mason-Corinth Elementary
Wednesday - Dry Ridge Elementary
Thursday - Sherman Elementary
Friday - Office / Planning / Collaboration
While at each school, Mrs. Lockard will work with gifted / talented students on a variety of topics relative to the different areas of identification. On occasion, the students may participate in a field trip or special event.
Parents of gifted/talented students are encouraged to join the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (KAGE). KAGE is affiliated with the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC), and is housed at Western Kentucky University in the Center for Gifted Studies. KAGE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that receives no government funding. It is supported solely by membership dues, its annual conference, sale of publications, and donations. For addtional information or to join KAGE, visit their website at kagegifted.org.
Mrs. Lockard welcomes parent contacts and may be reached at 824-2867 or via email at: Carmen.Lockard@grant.kyschools.us.
About our program:
Grant County’s Gifted Education program is designed for exceptional students who are identified as possessing demonstrated or potential ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in general intellectual aptitude, specific academic aptitude, creative or divergent thinking, psychosocial or leadership skills, or in the visual or performing arts.
Gifted and Talented Services are offered to all formally identified students. The process for Formal Identification begins at the end of Third Grade. The final step of the process involves further testing at the beginning of Fourth Grade. Next, a Selection Committee from each school meets and lists the names of students meeting requirements for Gifted and Talented Services. Finally a letter of notification of acceptance to receive services is sent to parents. If a child does not meet the requirements, a letter of notification is sent to the parents, listing all the test scores and to inform them of the Selection Committee’s decision.
Talent Pool Services are for students in grades K-3. At the beginning of the year, teachers list the top 25% of their class. Students may be selected for excellence is Reading, Language, Math, Creativity, Leadership, Visual and Performing Arts. Participation in Talent Pool is not to be confused with “being” in the Gifted and Talented Program.
Contact: Carmen Lockard
Grant County Board of Education
820 Arnie Risen Blvd.
Williamstown, Ky. 41097
859.824.2867 or 859.824.3323