Dr. Joy Navan, professor emeritus at Murray State University, was selected as a new board member for SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted). The announcement was made during the SENG August board of directors meeting.

Navan is the director of the Center for Gifted Studies housed in the MSU college of education. She also serves as program director for the graduate endorsement program in gifted and talented education.

A certified Master Practitioner of the Annemarie Roeper Method of Qualitative Assessment®, Navan performs assessments in English and Spanish. Additionally, she is a trained facilitator of SENG Model Parent Discussion Groups.

Navan has been a teacher for 27 years and worked many of those years with gifted students at the secondary level. She worked as an adjunct instructor at St. Lawrence University, where she taught a course in the methods of teaching second languages and supervised student teachers.

Fluent in Spanish, Navan initiated and directs an exchange program with gifted American and Spanish students and currently coordinates an online gifted and talented certificate program in Spanish.

She served on the Kentucky Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education, is a member and past board member of the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education and served on the board of the Kentucky Odyssey of the Mind. She is also a member of the National Association for Gifted Children. Navan was an active member of Phi Delta Kappa International, an honorary association of professional educators.

Navan earned her Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa in Canada.

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted is an independent 501(c)(3) international organization that was formed to bring attention to the unique emotional needs of gifted children.

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