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Mehdi Ghahremani

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GERI Teaching & Graduate Assistant
mghahrem@purdue.edu 
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Mehdi is a doctoral student in Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies. He worked for more than 10 years in the Iranian National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET), where he had studied as middle and high school student. He was the head of the Physics department in the Allame Helli gifted high school, in Tehran (2004-2011). He was also a teacher of Physics (grades 6-11) for more than 10 years. He received his Bachelor's and first Master's degree in Physics from Shahid Beheshti University, Iran. He received his second masters in Education from University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, in 2013. Mehdi’s research interests are gifted education, critical thinking, creativity, science education, physics education, and STEM.

Anne Gray 

GERI Graduate Assistant
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Anne Gray

Anne Gray is a doctoral student in Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies with Dr. Marcia Gentry as her advisor. The focus of her research is on talent development and gifted education for Native American and Indigenous students. She taught middle school science for five years and K-8 gifted education for four years. Anne spent the past six years working at a Bureau of Indian Education grant school on the Navajo Nation. She served on the NAGC Diversity and Equity Committee(2012-2014) and was the coordinator for the National Leadership Summit: Identifying and Serving Gifted Native American Students in 2013 and 2014. Her prior education includes a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona and a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

  

Corinne Green

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Corinne

Corinne Green is a doctoral student in Gifted, Creative, and Talented studies.  Her research interests include residential schools, motivation, and relations between gifted children and their parents.  At the University of Houston she completed a thesis for her Bachelor of Science. in Psychology under the direction of Dr. Richard Olenchak on the life satisfaction of gifted middle school students in a magnet program and their perception of agency in choosing to attend the magnet program. After her doctoral studies, she plans to become an administrator for gifted and talented programs.   

Jaret Hodges

GERI Graduate Assistantjaret

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Coming from South Texas, Jaret is a doctoral student with particular interests in at-risk gifted students, gifted English language learners (Spanish), mathematics curriculum, and in creating mathematical models (or improving upon) of educational interactions both on micro and macro scales. He spent the last few years working with Spanish speaking life skills children in Gonzales, Texas and participating regularly in Special Olympics.

Enyi Jen

Graduate Assistant (Graduated)
ejen@purdue.edu
Ph: 765-494-7241
BRNG 5113

enyi

Currently, Enyi Jen is a doctoral candidate in the gifted, creative, and talented studies program at Purdue University. Prior to her doctoral studies, she was the coordinator of the gifted program and a gifted education teacher teaching an affective curriculum in a prestigious high school in Taiwan, focusing on the social and emotional development for the high-ability students in the science and math self-contained gifted program. During the doctoral program,she have been a teaching and graduate assistant with the Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) at Purdue University. Her research interests and expertise include social and emotional development of gifted students, adolescents' talent development, and talent development programs. In her dissertation, she designed the affective curriculum model and incorporated it into the GERI summer residential program. The goal for this affective model is to help high-ability students positively develop their social and emotional well-being and also to promote the model to other summer programs.

Nesibe Karakis

nkarakis@purdue.edu
979-985-7522 Ph
BRNG 5121

Nesibe

Nesibe Karakis is a doctoral student in Gifted, Creative, and Talented studies.  Her advisor is Dr. Nielsen Pereira, and her research interests are identification of gifted children, STEM education, and creativity.  Karakis received her bachelor’s degree in Math Education from Istanbul University.  During her master’s thesis in curriculum and instruction, she earned a scholarship and moved to the US to start her doctoral studies. Before coming to America, she was a math teacher in a public middle school and worked for the Ministry of National Education in Turkey.  

Sareh karami

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GERI Teaching & Graduate Assistant
skarami@purdue.edu
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Sareh Karami is a doctoral student in Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies. She worked for more than 10 years in the Iranian Gifted School (National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents), where her husband (Mehdi) and she both had studied as middle and high school students. She was the head of the research and extracurricular programs department in the middle school. She was also a teacher of creative writing. She received her Bachelor's and first Master's degree in clinical psychology from Thehran University, Iran. Sareh and Mehdi left their jobs to do more graduate work in Education at University of British Columbia as they decided to dedicate their lives to increase the quality of education especially gifted education. She received her second masters in education from UBC in 2013. Her research interests are gifted education, creativity, cognitive development, science education, curriculum for gifted students, and gifted students’ socio-emotional demands.

Donghwe Lee 

GERI Graduate Assistant
lee1913@purdue.edu
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Donghwe Lee

Donghwe Lee is a doctoral student in Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies and a graduate assistant at GERI. His advisor is Dr. Marcia Gentry, and his research interests include topics related to identification and promotion of ESL students in the gifted program. He is from South Korea and has 20 years of teaching experience in G4-6. He received his Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Busan National University of Education, South Korea and M.A. in Gifted Education from Maryville University, St. Louis. MO. Before coming to Purdue, he had served at Korean International School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for 4 years as English program coordinator as well as G5 classroom teacher.  

Emine Ozturk 

GERI Graduate Assistant
ozturke@purdue.edu
765-586-5596 Ph
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Emine Ozturk

Emine Ozturk is a doctoral student in Gifted,Creative, and Talented Studies and research assistant at Purdue University. Her advisor is Dr. Marcia Gentry and her research interest include topics related to creativity, intelligence, identification, talent development and STEM. She received her first and second bachelor degrees from Istanbul University in Elementary Education with minors in Science Teaching and Gifted Education and a major in English Language Teaching. Before coming to Purdue, she was a research assistant in the Research and Practice Center for Gifted and Talented in Anadolu University and developed courses on Critical and Analytic Thinking for gifted children. She also served in Turkish public schools as a classroom teacher for four years.

Kristen Seward

Kristen Seward

GERI Graduate Assistant

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Kristen Seward returns to Purdue for her third degree, a Ph.D. in Educational Studies focusing on gifted education as well as curriculum and instruction.  With a Bachelor's in English Education and a Master's in School Counseling, she has over 15 years of experience in K-12 education as both an English teacher for grades 7 - 12 (both regular and gifted classes) and a guidance counselor for grades 6 - 12.  As an associate with the Gifted Education Resource Institute, Kristen will serve as assistant director of GERI's Summer Residential program in 2014. She currently serves as treasurer of the Graduate Organization in Educational Studies (GOEDS).  Her career objective is to become a teacher of teachers as she shares her love of teaching and learning with pre-service teacher candidates. Her research interests are teacher education, professional development in gifted education, and talent development of students in rural areas, and the spiritual development of children. 


Julianna Tay

Juliana Tay

GERI Graduate Assistant
jtay@purdue.edu
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Juliana Tay is a doctoral student in Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies. Her advisor is Dr. Kristina Ayers Paul, and her research interests include topics related to creativity, art assessment and identification. As a graduate assistant at GERI, she is the coordinator for Super Saturday 2013-2014 and Super Summer in 2014. She received her Bachelor's degree in Art Education from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Master's in Gifted Education from Purdue University. Before coming to Purdue, she was an art teacher and program coordinator for 10 years. She worked for the Ministry of Education, Singapore, for five years in a public school system before moving to Raffles Institution, one of the top schools in Singapore, for the next five years.

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