North Dakota Association for

Gifted Children


Our Mission

The mission of NDAGC is to promote the needs of the gifted in North Dakota through advocacy, education, and scientific research. Our work is --

  • To advocate and promote an awareness of the academic, intellectual, and social-emotional needs of North Dakota’s gifted children including underserved gifted populations in public and private schools, colleges and universities, and other settings;
  • To stimulate among teachers, parents, public officials, educational administrators and others in the general public a deeper understanding and interest in the needs of the gifted;
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas that foster collaboration and cooperation among all stakeholders;
  • To encourage and stimulate the best possible training and access to resources and information that concern gifted children for all educators;
  • To encourage and stimulate research in the area of gifted education, particularly in the State of North Dakota.

I wholeheartedly believe that NDAGC is an organization which is vitally important within our state. The reasons for this can be found within our mission:

Advocacy- Gifted Education has always needed strong advocates. NDAGC provides our state’s only resource about the needs of gifted children for parents, teachers, administrators, and other interested community members. I believe now more than ever advocates for the needs of Gifted Children in North Dakota must make efforts to come together in order to give a voice to those needs.

Education- When best practices are implemented, students receiving gifted education services are provided with powerful tools and supports necessary for their growth and development. As an organization, we strive to inform and be a resource for our membership about these practices.

Collaboration- We are better together, and NDAGC provides a place to collaborate for all stakeholders concerned about the needs of the gifted.

Research- The field of Gifted Education is ever-evolving as new research brings updated best practices. NDAGC connects experts in the field from our state, and promotes the exchange of new ideas and understandings.

NDAGC has an amazingly dedicated team of experts serving on our board, each one of whom brings their time and talent to further our mission. In particular, I’d like to acknowledge Past Presidents Yee Han Chu and Ann Davidson. Both were instrumental in making NDAGC the effective organization it is today. Their passion for advocating for the needs of gifted students has helped shape the organization into one which is focused on furthering our mission. Dr. Chu is a master researcher who has done much to support teaching and learning about best practices in gifted education throughout the state. Ann Davidson is an admired leader whose expertise in gifted education is known in North Dakota and beyond. They have left both a legacy, and big shoes to fill.

It is with great humility that I step into the role of NDAGC President. Gifted Education is a field I love!  I serve on our board as both a parent of a gifted child, and as a teacher of gifted students. My colleagues in gifted education are professional, creative, knowledgeable, passionate, dedicated, persistent, fun, caring, and curious lifelong learners. The parents of gifted individuals I have had the privilege to know are passionate about their child’s growth and development. They care about programs which meet their child’s intellectual, academic, and social/emotional needs at school. Parents are an important voice for the needs of their children, and a great support and source of advocacy for gifted education programs. 

I appreciate the opportunity to serve NDAGC’s board and members- and most importantly gifted children in the state of North Dakota.

Warm regards,

Beth Ustanko


North Dakota Association for Gifted Children

Board & Board of Directors

Beth Ustanko, MA

NDAGC President & Chair

Fargo Public Schools

Gifted Services Teacher

Fargo, ND

Subcommittees: Parents & Families, Website

Ann Davidson

NDAGC Past President & Chair

Minneapolis Public Schools

Minneapolis, MN

Subcommittees: Strategic Plan, Website

Andrea Edstrom

NDAGC Treasurer

GT Education Teacher (Retired)

Bismarck Public Schools

Bismarck, ND

Subcommittees: Educators, Webinars, Newsletter

Alicia Schroeder-Schock

NDAGC Secretary &  East Regional Representative

West Fargo Public Schools

GATE & Enrichment Teacher

West Fargo, ND

Subcommittees: Educators, Webinars, Strategic Plan, Newsletter

Connie Jadrny

NDAGC Board of Directors

NDSU Senior Marketing Coordinator

Office of Teaching and Learning

Fargo, ND

Subcommittees: Parents & Families (Co-chair)

Holly Magcalas

NDAGC Board of Directors

Gifted Education Teacher

Minot Public Schools

Minot, ND

Kim Rensch

NDAGC Board of Directors

Fargo Public Schools

Gifted Services Facilitator

Fargo, ND

Subcommittee: Newsletter, NAGC Affiliate Liaison

Julie Jaeger

NDAGC North West Regional Representative 

Gifted Educator (Retired)

Minot Public Schools

Minot, ND

Subcommittees: Educators, Webinars, Website, Strategic Plan

Mikayla Cramer

NDAGC Northeast Regional Representative 

Edmore Public Schools

Elementary Teacher

Edmore, ND

Subcommittees: Webinars, Newsletter

Ligia Carina Feo de Drago

NDAGC North East Regional Representative

Grand Forks, ND

Subcommittee: Parents & Family

Anna Adrover

NDAGC Eastern Regional Representative

Gifted Services Teacher

Fargo Public Schools

Fargo, ND

Subcommittee: Parents & Family (Co-chair)

Kristy Coopman

NDAGC North West Regional Representative

Gifted Services Coordinator

Minot Public Schools

Minot, ND

Allison Anderson

NDAGC Executive Assistant

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

Subcommittees: Newsletter, Website

North Dakota Association for Gifted Children is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

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