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American Mensa's Gifted Youth Specialist keynotes bullying

  • Apr 17, 2013

ARLINGTON, TEXAS April 12th, 2013 — The Mensa Foundation’s Gifted Youth Specialist, Lisa Van Gemert, is the keynote speaker at this year’s Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE) conference at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pa, on April 18 and 19.

PAGE is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of gifted learners by working with parents, teachers, administrators, policy maker and communities.

Van Gemert will speak on the 19th at 9:30 a.m. on “The Five-Headed Dragon: Threats to Giftedness.” Van Gemert addresses both the cognitive and emotional issues, including bullying gifted youth face when working to achieve their dreams. “The gifted student faces five threats, the stereotype threat, the imposter syndrome, bullying the bright, underachievement, and perfectionism,” Van Gemert said. “Giving educators and parents the tools they need to ward off the five-headed dragon will allow gifted learners to soar to new heights of personal and academic fulfillment.”

Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., is the Gifted Youth Specialist for the Mensa Foundation. She is a popular conference speaker and professional development facilitator. Her passion, both in her personal and professional life, is the care of gifted children. Van Gemert shares best practices in parenting and teaching with teachers and parents around the nation. For more information on the Mensa Foundation, please visit

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