I became a talent scout as I started looking for intensities, creativity, ingenuity, and quirkiness in my students and the adults around me. Listening to a comment from a student that was particularly insightful or witty, I dug deeper. If I heard a teacher complain about someone not ever turning in homework, but acing tests, I flew into the office to dig into student files for … [Read more...] about Brilliant, Gorgeous, Talented, and Fabulous—or a Hacker?
Kris Happe, MEd
Parent, student, teacher, administrator, coordinator, coach, consultant, and speaker. You really want to meet and or connect with Kris Happe. She is kind of a big deal… popular, tall, and sometimes a beautiful, complicated mess of learning. Her husband likes to say that she thinks she’s pretty funny, to top it all off.
Kris Happe (sounds like Happy) is a veteran educator with two gifted children of her own. Giftedness, ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety, intensity, and depression are part of the picture the Happe family experience. With more than thirty years in education, her roles have included being a fourth and fifth grade classroom teacher, a gifted education program specialist in elementary schools, a district gifted coordinator, a literacy and intervention coach and coordinator, and an assessment and data coordinator.
Kris served on the Minnesota Department of Education’s Gifted Education Advisory Council from 2006 to 2016. She is a popular presenter to both educators and parents at national and local conferences for groups such as the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC), Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted (SENG), Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented (MCGT)—our parent advocacy group in Minnesota, and the Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented (MEGT). She is a nationally certified SENG Model Parent Group facilitator and an educational and family consultant.