Wenda Sheard, J.D., Ph.D, is an emeritus board member and past president of the USA organization Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted. She served four years on the board of Potential Plus UK, formerly known as the UK’s National Association for Gifted Children, while she was teaching middle school English and serving with her husband as a dorm parent for high school boys from dozens of different countries at TASIS The American School in England from 2009-2014. Before moving to England, she taught English in the United States and China, practiced law in Ohio for nearly two decades, and worked in Connecticut as a disability policy researcher exploring the educational and workforce lives of people with disabilities.
She currently spends her days with a delightful combination of legal, environmental, and educational pursuits, including serving as the domestic relations magistrate in an Ohio county, volunteering with the League of Women Voters, and speaking to groups of people about education and about various other topics including Climate Reality (she’s a trained member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps). Her opinions in this blog are her own, and not those of any organization or institution.
Many thanks to Sally Lyon, Valerie Costa Vandermeer, Diana Falk, Catharine Vetter Alvarez, Tedra Osell, Marcia Madonik Coakley, Rosie Cepeda, Kiesa Kay, Jennifer Engle Rix, and dozens of others who have helped edit/proofread/preview one or more of the articles in this blog.