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Introducing Dr. Peggy Wenner! 2

Last September, upon the retirement of Dr. Val Shorzman, Dr. Peggy Wenner assumed responsibility as the point person for GT, AP, and IB at the State Department of Education. Dr Wenner has worked at the SDE since 2000 as the Arts and Humanities Coordinator, duties for which she still maintains.  Her interests revolve around cross-disciplinary learning through implementing the arts.  Last summer she hosted Idaho’s first STARTALK Institute, a Chinese language, culture, and arts camp. Dr. Wenner’s degrees are from NNU, Middlebury College, and the University of Kansas.  Before coming to the Department, Peggy taught English and interdisciplinary humanities in high school, middle school, and college. Peggy is especially interested in helping to identify students who are gifted/talented in the arts areas, an emphasis that is not always fully explored.

At the present time, GT does not have a budget, so Dr. Wenner is limiting most of her work related to these responsibilities to communication via e-mail and telephone communication.  She will also join in meetings close to the Boise area. Please feel free to call Peggy at 208-332-6949 or e-mail her at pjwenner@sde.idaho.gov if you have questions about your programs.  Although Peggy is new to the field, she is very interested in researching information about GT, meeting facilitators, and learning about your programs in Idaho.  At least two of Peggy’s colleagues from other states share responsibilities for GT and the arts, and they are in communication about how to share resources.


  1. disaster911
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 19:43:09

    I forgot to mention to Peggy today that I received the Whittenberger Grant in the amount of $3700 and purchased a projector and 4 laptops for the G/T students along with some art software. We have been doing a computer graphics class this last trimester and I am going to make a PP of all the students’ work. We started out with MS Paint and 2D art, went on to 3D art using a program called Maya, and also animation using a program from Alice. org and a free CNET download-Scratch as well as Google Sketch Up.

  2. tinapolishchuk
    May 02, 2012 @ 08:20:53

    That is wonderful! Keep up the great work and dedication! We appreciate all that you do for GT students! 🙂

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