Newly Elected Board

President (January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018)


Dr. Tracy L. Cross, holds an endowed chair (Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Psychology and Gifted Education), and is the Executive Director of the Center for Gifted Education and the Institute for Research on the Suicide of Gifted Students at the College of William & Mary. He has published over 200 articles, book chapters, and columns, made over 250 presentations, and published ten books. He has edited seven journals and is the current editor of the Journal for the Education of Gifted. For nine years, he served as the Executive Director of the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities; Indiana’s residential school for intellectually gifted adolescents.

He received the Distinguished Service Award from The Association for the Gifted and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), the Early Leader, Early Scholar and Distinguished Scholar Awards from NAGC, and in 2009 was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the MENSA Education and Research Foundation.

President Elect (January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018)

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I have been honored to serve as the CEC-TAG Treasurer for the past three-years during which we conducted a fundraising campaign with 100% board participation and that is now connecting with former board members. I believe TAG plays an essential role in gifted education through constant liaison with the international organization (CEC) supporting exceptional children in national advocacy and in cooperative efforts with other CEC divisions. TAG has been a leader in gifted education with its consistent focus on gifted students from diverse populations and those that are twice exceptional. It would be an honor to serve TAG as President-Elect as we continue to work toward strengthening our association in our efforts to fulfill TAG’s important role in gifted education. As President-Elect and President, I would draw on my experience from leadership roles in other organizations. I have served in a number roles with the Texas Association for Gifted and Talented, including President. Currently, I serve as the Education Committee Chair and Chair-Elect of the Special Schools and Programs Network of the National Association for Gifted Children.

Treasurer (January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019)



Jennifer H. Robins, Ph.D., is the Director of Publications and Professional Development at the Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary and a clinical assistant professor. She received her doctorate in educational psychology with an emphasis in gifted education from Baylor University. Prior to receiving her doctorate, she taught elementary gifted and talented students in Waco, TX. Most recently, she was senior editor at Prufrock Press Inc., focusing on the development of scholarly materials, including gifted education textbooks and professional development books, as well as classroom materials for teachers of gifted and advanced students. She is managing editor of the Journal for the Education of the Gifted and a member at large of The Association for the Gifted, Council for Exceptional Children. Her areas of interest include the history of gifted education and underrepresented populations.

Secretary (January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018)


Debbie Dailey, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor of Teaching And Learning at the University of Central Arkansas where she is the Coordinator for the Gifted and Talented Program and director of a summer camp for talented youth, STEMulate Engineering Academy. Debbie has a bachelor and master degree in Biology education and a doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) in Gifted Education Administration. While at UALR, Debbie served as the curriculum coordinator for a Javits project, STEM Starters. Debbie has authored and co-authored multiple journal articles, books, book chapters, and products focused on K-12 STEM and gifted education. She has delivered numerous professional development workshops and presentations at local, state, national, and international venues. Debbie has received accolades for her research in STEM and gifted education including AERA TACTL Paper of the Year,  AERA Division D for Graduate Student In-Progress Research award, and NAGC for Graduate Student In-Progress Research award. Debbie currently serves as the secretary for the Council for Exceptional Children—The Association for the Gifted (CEC-TAG) and is a selected member of the Professional Standards Committee for the National Association for Gifted Children.  Prior to moving to higher education, Debbie was a high school science teacher and gifted education teacher for twenty years.

Members at Large (January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018)

Dr. Kianga Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at Norfolk State University.  He also serves as the Assessment Coordinator in the School of Education.  Dr. Thomas teaches courses in elementary education, diversity, and monitors the assessment system for the School of Education.  His research interests are gifted African American students, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and teacher efficacy.  Some of his published works include problem-based learning with pre-service teachers, STEM development with pre-service and in-service teachers, and psychological factors towards academic success among high-achieving African American students.  Dr. Thomas earned his Ed.D. from the College of William and Mary and prior to joining higher education, taught elementary school in Virginia.

Debra A. Troxclair, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Lamar University, has 20 years of experience teaching at the elementary/middle school level. She has prepared teachers of the gifted at the university level in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas.  She has supervised summer programs for gifted children and has publications in Gifted Child Today, Journal of the Louisiana Reading Association, Roeper Review, Parenting for High Potential, TAGT’s TEMPO, and Understanding Our Gifted. In addition to CEC/TAG, she has been an active member of several professional organizations in the field of gifted education; the National Association for Gifted Children, the World Council for the Gifted, the Creative and Gifted Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association, and the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.

CAN Coordinator (January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018)

Ken has been an educator for over 40 years, with 30 of those years serving in K-12 administrative roles for gifted learners, professional development for teachers and advocacy for their families. Ken’s interests and service focuses on relationships between cultural and academic diversity, educational equity and public policy. In that regard he has served in a role with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), The Association for the Gifted (TAG) Board and CEC’s Public Policy Unit for several years as a Child Advocacy Network (CAN) Coordinator (Chair, TAG’s Governmental Relations Committee)A primary objective for the role of CAN Coordinator/Governmental Relations Chair is to stay informed of and report on governmental activities at the local, state, and federal levels that effect the implementation of organizational policies relating to the education of exceptional children – including gifted children.  This role exists to build and sustain a strong network among various constituencies to ensure that members of TAG are informed of local, state, and federal policy issues concerning needs of gifted students. Ken has had the distinct honor in serving as your CAN Coordinator/ Governmental Relations Chair during the last terms and seeks to continue to serve you for 2017-2019.

Webmaster (January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018)

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Tracy  Inman, Ed. D., is associate director of The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University and active on the state, national, and international levels in gifted education. She has taught English at the high school and collegiate levels, as well as in summer programs for gifted and talented youth. In addition to writing and co-writing several articles, Tracy has co-authored three books with Julia Roberts through Prufrock Press including Strategies for Differentiating Instruction: Best Practices for the Classroom, now in its third edition, and Assessing Differentiated Student Products: A Protocol for Development and Evaluation, now in its secondedition. Tracy and Julia received the Legacy Book Award from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for Strategies for Differentiating Instruction. Tracy was co-editor of Parenting Gifted Children: The Authoritative Guide from the National Association for Gifted Children, a compilation of the best articles in Parenting for High Potential, which won the Legacy Award in 2011. Her latest book, Parenting Gifted Kids 101 was co-authored by Dr. Jana Kirchner.



Co-Chairs Diversity, Equity, and Access Committee (January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018)

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Javetta Jones-Roberson, M.Ed. is a Dean of Instruction at Haltom High School in Birdville ISD. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University with a focus in Education, Family Studies and Reading. Her Master’s degree in Education Administration and Leadership is from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Previously, she has served as a high school Advanced Academics Coordinator, Gifted Campus Coordinator/Liaison, Professional development facilitator for Advanced Academics and Gifted teacher. She is very involved in the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented as a member of the Advocacy committee and on the national level with NAGC. She serves on the Diversity, Equity and Access committee. Currently, Javetta is a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program at Texas A&M University Commerce, where her research focus is Gifted underrepresented populations. Javetta is an advocate for gifted diverse populations and enjoys educating staff and school personnel on the importance of serving this dynamic group of students.

Patricia Rendon
Patricia Rendon has worked in the field of Gifted and Talented Education for over 20 years. She has been an elementary teacher, a middle school teacher and an Instructional Coach for Teachers of the Gifted. For the past 18 years she has worked at Region One Education Service Center and currently serves as the Coordinator for the Gifted and Talented Program. She has worked as the Project Trainer for the Jacob K. Javits Gifted/ Bilingual Project and as the Gifted/Bilingual Mentor for Jacob K. Javits ESTUDIOS Project. Mrs. Rendon has been a past Executive Board Member for the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented and a past member of the Commissioner’s Advisory Council for the Gifted and Talented. She currently serves as a board member for the Council for Exceptional Children Talented and Gifted Division.


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