Sally Krisel

Past President, NAGC Board of Directors
University of Georgia

Dr. Sally Krisel,

Dr. Sally Krisel devoted her career to the recognition and development of the creative and cognitive abilities of all children, including those from economically, culturally and linguistically diverse groups. She taught at the elementary, middle school, high school, and university levels; and she spent 10 years as Georgia’s State Director of Gifted Education. Krisel served as Program Coordinator for the University Georgia site of the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, where she worked with Dr. Mary Frasier on the absolute priority of the Jacob Javits Gifted & Talented Students Act, finding better ways to identify gifted students from under-served populations.

As Director of Innovative and Advanced Programs for Hall County Schools in Gainesville, Georgia, Dr. Krisel lead programming initiatives designed to help teachers recognize and develop students’ advanced abilities. Her position was dedicated to raising academic standards by expanding rigorous curriculum offerings and integrating the know-how from gifted education to develop all students’ academic potential. She has contributed to the development of 30 charter schools, magnet schools, and specialized programs, all of which focus on high-end learning opportunities and pedagogy once thought to be the exclusive domain of gifted education, as a means of improving engagement and achievement for all students.

Krisel is a part-time faculty member in the Gifted and Creative Education Program at the University of Georgia. She has been recognized for her work in promoting both equity and excellence in gifted education by the National Association for Gifted Children, the Georgia Association for Gifted Children, the University of Georgia, and the U.S. Department of Educations’ Office for Civil Rights. Dr. Krisel served five terms on the NAGC Board of Directors from 2009-2020 and currently serves as Past President.

ESP Speaker Topics:

  • Identification of underserved populations
  • Student-focused differentiation
  • Innovative programming options
  • Principles of gifted education as a catalysts for school reform
  • Social-emotional needs of gifted students
  • Variety of topics for parent groups, including parenting for achievement and social-emotional needs of gifted children
  • Other topics by negotiation