Sycamore GEAR (Gifted Education, Advocacy, and Resources) is a parent-led group for families in Sycamore Community Schools who are interested in gifted education. Membership is not limited in any way. Members must only be interested in gifted education in our school district to join.
The GEAR Executive Committee consists of a Chair, Vice Chair for Advocacy (includes email list management), Vice Chair for Publicity (includes website management), Vice Chair for Membership (includes Treasury), Secretary, and a representative from each of the 7 schools in the Sycamore Community Schools.
Meet the 2019-2020 GEAR Executive Committee
Chair Angela Radakovich
Vice Chair for Advocacy (includes email list, website and Facebook) Stephanie Bruner
Vice Chair for Publicity Karen Eborall
Vice Chair for Membership (includes treasury) Jennifer McGuire
Secretary Elissa Mazer
Special Events Coordinator Christine Katzman
Blue Ash Elementary Aisa Claybon
Montgomery Elementary Co-Rep Lisa Thomas
Montgomery Elementary Co-Rep Deb Schroeck
Maple Dale Elementary Stephanie De Falco
Symmes Elementary Cathy Sadler
E.H. Greene Intermedidate Lauren Hoeltje
Sycamore Junior High Jean Phillips
Sycamore High School and Forum Co-Chair Jayne Close
Sycamore High School and Forum Co-Chair Anjali Mathur
Bookworms Deb Schroeck
Bookworms Danielle Millard
Sycamore Society Elissa Mazer
To discover the Gifted Intervention Specialist at your school or to contact any member of the GEAR Executive Committee, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 1997, a loosely organized group called "Parents Supporting Gifted Education" was organized to present a speaker once a year and provide advocacy for gifted programming in the Sycamore Community School district. By 2002, they had created several on-going programs and services to Sycamore parents and students, were providing support and appreciation to the gifted teaching staff, and had developed enhanced communication and collaboration with district administration. At that time they achieved non profit status through affiliation with Ohio Association for Gifted Children, created a bank account, and officially became GEAR. Over the years, names and sponsored activities have changed, but the basic premise of providing education for parents, enrichment opportunities for children, and advocacy avenues for our families have remained the same.
Sycamore GEAR is an affiliate of the Ohio Association for Gifted Children. The mission of OAGC is to promote and support the development of gifted students through dissemination of information, advocacy on their behalf, encouragement of affiliate organizations, and to promote research and education for gifted children. The parent division of OAGC offers educational opportunities, advocacy support, and many other resources. A membership to the OAGC will offer you discounts, support, publications, current information, scholarship opportunities, and advocacy. Visit www.oagc.com for more information.