Kim Ayers, Cielo Azul Elementary School, Named 2016 Javits-Frasier Scholar
October 27, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC  – The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) named Kim Ayers a 2016 Javits-Frasier Scholar. Ayers is a teacher at Cielo Azul Elementary School in Rio Rancho, NM.

The Javits-Frasier Scholars Program recognizes passionate, innovative educators who work in districts that serve students from low-income and minority populations that are historically underrepresented in gifted education.

“High-achieving children in poverty and from minority groups are two and half times less likely to be identified for, and served in gifted programs at school,” said M. René Islas, NAGC Executive Director. “Educators like Kim are leaders and a voice for these gifted and talented children who have unique learning needs.”

“I am so excited and honored to be named a 2016 Javits-Frasier Scholar,” said Ayers. “This is an amazing opportunity to collaborate and learn with teachers of gifted students from across the country.”

The Javits-Frasier Scholars will network with, and learn from, other teachers and leaders in gifted education at the NAGC 63rd Annual Convention at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Florida next week, November 3-6.

“NAGC is committed to providing opportunities and resources to better understand and serve gifted children,” said Islas. “The Javits-Frasier program is an investment in professional learning for educators across our nation.”


The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is a membership organization whose mission is to support those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building, and research. 

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