Tawna Eggert (Vice President) lives in Bellevue and became highly involved in advocating for gifted education after an eye-opening experience in her son's previous school district. Seeking help for her son's educational needs and ongoing anxiety, she found her way through a web of counselors, psychiatrists, neurologists and psychologists. Only once her son was given an IQ test, was she finally able to fully comprehend and address his giftedness. Armed with this understanding, her gifted education advocacy continued to strengthen. She has succeeded in bringing new data, resources and programs to her school district and many families throughout Northwest Washington. She is a current board member on both WAETAG (Washington Association of Educators for the Talented and Gifted) and the Washington State Gifted Advisory Committee. She is a SENG-Model Parent Group certified facilitator and has been involved with Scholar Search Assoc., and various gifted education parent support groups. She serves on Open Window School's Gifted Education Council and as the Parent Education Chair. Tawna recently moved to the Bellevue area with her husband, identical twin 4-year-old daughters and her 5th-grade son. Her son is currently attending Open Window School, an independent school dedicated to meeting the needs of gifted children. Click here to contact Tawna.
Elizabeth Williamson (Parent Group Chair) lives in Bothell and is married to her best friend. Together, Elizabeth and her husband strive to learn all they can about the needs of gifted children, advocate for the gifted, and recently participated in a SENG Model Parent Group. They have two beautiful, unique, teen-aged children (one boy and one girl). Her children’s educational experience has included: self-contained gifted classrooms in the public school system; Honors, “High Cap”, and IB classes; a short stint in private school; home schooling; and radical acceleration through the Robinson Center at the UW. Elizabeth currently serves on the Edmonds School District's Gifted Advisory Board, has served extensively in PTA leadership roles, and has also been a NorthShore Highly Capable Advisory Board member. She has done extensive study on the topic of gifted and raising gifted children, as well as on personality temperaments, communication and relationships. Elizabeth has traveled the country to attend NAGC, SENG, CAG, WAETAG, and NWGCA conventions and has also attended numerous other seminars and classes to learn as much as possible to help her children. Elizabeth is passionate about supporting the emotional intensities and needs of gifted children. She believes that this support is as fundamental as the need for an appropriate educational experience - that, in fact, an appropriate educational experience cannot be fully had without that emotional support.