CAG Names 2017-18 Friend of the Gifted, Educator of the Year

Westport, CT, 5/7/2018 – The Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG) has announced that New Canaan (CT) Saxe Middle School Gifted/Talented Teacher, Jean Caffrey has been named the Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG) '2018 Educator of the Year', and Connecticut's Education Committee lawmakers who supported the new G/T law PA 17-82 have been named CAG's 'Friend of the Gifted'. Caffrey and the Education Committee members will be honored at an awards ceremony during CAG's Annual Members Dinner at the Inn at Middletown, 70 Main Street, Middletown, on May 16, 2018. Rep. Andrew Fleischmann will represent the committee at the dinner and receive the award.

CAG's annual 'Educator of the Year' award recognizes a teacher, superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, or other administrator who has gone above and beyond in the lives of gifted children. This year's awardee is Jean Caffrey of Saxe Middle School in New Canaan. Caffrey was nominated by Karen Campe, a parent of two of Jean Caffrey's former students. In nominating Caffrey, Campe wrote "Jean fosters students' intellectual progress while simultaneously promoting their growth as young adult learners".

The CAG 'Friend of the Gifted' is awarded to an individual or group who has profoundly impacted the lives of gifted children in our state. Members of the Connecticut Assembly's Education committee were selected by the CAG Board of Directors. The law PA 17-82 will have great impact in gifted education. This law has made an impact nationally.

"The State of Connecticut is taking an important step in recognizing the special needs for children with extraordinary gifts and talents; particularly those bright students who are economically disadvantaged, from minority backgrounds, or are learning English as a second language," said M. René Islas, executive director of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). "For too long, these students have been overlooked, and NAGC congratulates the extraordinary advocates and leaders whose tireless efforts to increase understanding and support for gifted education will ensure that all students are given a fair shot at achieving their personal best."

Interested persons may register for the dinner and awards ceremony by visiting

About the Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG)
The Connecticut Association for the Gifted, is a 501(c)3, Nonprofit Oranization founded in 1969. CAG provides parents with information and resources to benefit their talented children, educators with high quality professional development, and Boards of Education with the tools to support talented students. Our highly acclaimed Minds in Motion programs engage hundreds of Connecticut students in high interest, interactive courses which stimulate learning. CAG meets with legislators to advocate for legislation to provide high ability students with challenging curriculum. Visit, for more information.

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