about Arizona Association for the Gifted and Talented

About AAGT

mission We are the voice for AZ's Gifted & Talented

Our Mission

To advocate for the diverse population of gifted and talented students in the state of Arizona.

Our Vision

To support the continuous improvement of educational opportunities for gifted and talented students commensurate with their needs and abilities.

Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented (AAGT) is a nonprofit organization of educators, parents and community members working together to better meet the unique needs of our gifted and talented students in Arizona.

AAGT is a resource for the information and guidance necessary for parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, community stakeholders and legislators to develop and support gifted education in our state.  All of us share in the challenge to meet the needs of Arizona’s gifted children with limited funds for their education and development.

AAGT provides an annual conference for parents, educators and community members as well as an annual Parent Institute. In addition, AAGT offers scholarships for teachers of the gifted and scholarships for educational opportunities for gifted students.  AAGT provides continuous support to local affiliate chapters.

Board of Directors

Stephanie Newitt



Denise S. Hicks

Vice President

Southwest Valley

Louise Till



Lori McClellan

Financial Officer


Julie Gunnigle

Past President


Adam Laningham


Deer Valley

Kathie Bailey






Laura Dorrell



Vicki Greer



Marianne Landrith



Scott Hagerman


Tanque Verde

Donna Campbell

Advocacy Chair


Heather Long

Executive Director


Are you interested in serving on the AAGT board?

In February of 2020, new members will be appointed to the Board of Directors of the Arizona Association for the Gifted and Talented (AAGT). We are actively seeking nominees with specific competencies and skills. These competencies and skills include: individuals with a non-profit financial/accounting background; individuals with legal expertise; individuals who reflect the ethnic and language diversity of Arizona students; and individuals who are representative of the more rural areas of our state.
Board terms are for two years and begin at the AAGT Annual Conference each year. Accepted nominees will be notified no later than January 24 in order to attend the Annual Conference.

One of the benefits of AAGT membership is up-to-the-minute news about important legislation affecting gifted education. AAGT appreciates every contribution and any kind of support given that helps us advocate for the diverse population of gifted children in the state of Arizona.

Are you interested in starting a local affiliate chapter of AAGT in your community? We are proud to assist local groups in forming, operating effectively, and contributing to this important network.

AAGT offers many opportunities to give back to the community in the way of grants and scholarships. Below is a list of scholarships with specific directions and deadlines for students and teachers.

How can you give to AAGT?

donate It's tax deductible!

Make a Donation

Take action and make a difference by making a tax deductible donation to AAGT.

How does your charitable giving add up?

Donations keep our mission and vision going. Through your generosity, the gifted community in Arizona continues.

When you donate to the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented, the amount you donate is tax deductible.

Donations can be made to honor a teacher, administrator, or a gifted program.

If you own a company and would like to make a donation or offer a scholarship as part of your company’s philanthropic program, please contact us at 602-882-1848 or email us: officemanager@azgifted.com.

No donation is too small or too large. We greatly appreciate your donation.

If you prefer to donate by check, please mail your donation to:

Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented.
P.O. Box 51772
Phoenix, AZ 85076-1772

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Become a Member

Membership dues help support AAGT with advocacy, scholarships and day-to-day operations. Become a member today!

Have a voice and a vote on important issues in gifted education.

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Access to gifted education experts for consultations