Hi, my name is Carol Malueg (pronounced mah-league').
I'm a Wife, Mom, Sister, Aunt, Daughter/Sister/Niece-in-law, Friend, Collaborator, Neighbor, Volunteer, Minnesotan, and Giant Book Nerd. (I'm a giant nerd about all books, not just a nerd about giant books.) I began my career in gifted education, advocacy, and support when my oldest child started school more than two decades ago. I went back to school and have enjoyed a varied and interesting career ever since.
I have a Master's degree in Gifted, Creative, and Talented Education, and a certificate in Twice-exceptional Education from the University of St. Thomas. I have worked as a Learning Coach for 10 years and as an Educational Consultant for 15 years. I work with young people, parents and caregivers, educators, and a variety of other support and care professionals.
I sit on the board of the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum as their In-School Education Chair. I coordinate three mini-conferences each year and co-chair the big conference in June. I also co-created DIY Education, a free resource on the GHF forum. Check it out!
I served two terms as President of the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented (MCGT) and was honored to receive the MCGT Friend of the Gifted award in 2020. I now serve on the state board committees, Connections and Advocacy. We have a lot of great information and resources on the MCGT website.
I have trained hundreds of SENG Model Parent Group (SMPG) Facilitators, and facilitated more than thirty SMPGs. I was awarded the SENG Presidential Award for Distinguished Service in 2021.
I participate in federal advocacy efforts with the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). I visited our nation's capitol this spring (2023) to talk to our legislators in support of the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act, the only federal program that addresses the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. I have worked on three Jacob Javits Grant research studies focused on improving identification of and services for gifted and twice-exceptional students, and have seen first-hand the difference this grant program can make for students and educators in Minnesota and beyond.
I am happy you found my website. How can I help?
I am happy to talk with you on the phone or via Zoom. We can chat for 30 minutes with no charge or obligation. Sometimes that's all you need to figure out your next steps, and sometimes it's the beginning of our collaboration.
I office with two Cockatiels, Bertram and Abby. They can be a little noisy! Let me know if you'd enjoy a bit of live tweeting (from the birds) or if you would prefer I meet with you from my quiet computer space. The birds and I understand!
Joan Larson is a gifted education specialist with Minnetonka Public Schools in Minnesota. She was an elementary classroom teacher for nine years, and has been a gifted education specialist for twenty-five years. Joan earned her Master’s Degree in Gifted, Creative, and Talented education from the University of St. Thomas. She has worked full-time work with gifted and talented students and their families in a variety of capacities, including program and curriculum development, coaching fellow teachers, and helping families navigate school with their gifted children. She has trained hundreds of SENG Model Parent Group Facilitators and led SMPGs with participants from all over the world.