Past Speakers and Topics

Here are some of the past speakers and the topics they have presented. Links to their presentation or other information is included where possible. The upcoming schedule is on the Gifted Community Enrichment (GCE) page.

Po-Shen Loh

Eddie Kong

October 22nd, 2022
Math, Invention & Life

Want to learn how to invent both inside and outside of math?  Professor Po-Shen Loh will weave together a variety of topics, starting from some math questions which demonstrate the power of mathematical creativity.  The talk will rapidly expand to stories from his own experiences applying mathematical thinking to implement new solutions to real world problems.

Po-Shen Loh is a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and the national coach of the USA International Math Olympiad team.  His innovations have made headlines in national newspapers, across a breadth of topics from pandemic control to education and talent development.  His academic distinctions range from an International Math Olympiad silver medal, to the USA Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He shares his experience with the public through YouTube videos, which have totaled over 15 million views, and through his online math school, Daily Challenge with Po-Shen Loh.

Eddie Kong is currently an intern for Po-Shen Loh’s live online math classes.  He was the inaugural teaching assistant and has inspired the current look of the program.  While in middle school, Eddie was the Ohio State MATHCOUNTS Champion, and has been coaching the middle school MATHCOUNTS team for two years.  In his free time, Eddie enjoys biking, watching esports, and learning languages.


Maggie Gunnerson


October 29th, 2022
Getting YOU Involved in Mensa Gifted YOUth

Maggie Gunnerson will provide a brief overview of the national and local American Mensa programs and the opportunities they present for highly gifted youth in the Greater Cincinnati area.  We will discuss admissions criteria, activities, and networking opportunities for both gifted children and their parents/guardians.  We will also discuss a few “insider tips” we have learned through connections with other families involved in this program.

Maggie is a married mother of two children: Gaven who is also a Mensan and “Master of Fun” for the Gifted Youth program and Elaina who is in 1st grade.  Maggie has been attending The Super Saturday Program for the last four years.  She is highly involved in the gifted community as a board member and active volunteer to The Super Saturday Program, a parent member of the Ohio Gifted Advisory Council, Co-Chair of the gifted advocacy group in her school district, and the parent leader of the Cincinnati Area Mensa Gifted Youth Program.  Maggie’s gifted advocacy journey started at The Super Saturday Program which helped her understand both her child and her own twice-exceptional nature.  Since then, Maggie has successfully advocated for her own children as well as many other students in her school district.

October 29th GCE Presentation Slides



November 5th, 2022
Understanding the Gifted Operating Standards

Maria Lohr, Michael Demczyk, and Jeffrey Shoemaker of the Ohio DoE Office for Exceptional Children will present an overview of the current laws and rules, their purpose, and how parents and guardians can keep themselves informed to ensure their students are being appropriately educated.  Presenters will also talk about the rule revision process occurring every five years, where they are in the current timeline for this process, and how we as parents, guardians, teachers, administrators, employers and other community members can participate in public comment when that opportunity is available.  Finally, presenters will describe the work that the Gifted Advisory Council is doing regarding the development of the state plan for gifted education and how the plan ties into the rules.

From the ODE’s website: The Office for Exceptional Children provides leadership, assistance and oversight to school districts and other entities that provide differentiated instruction for students with disabilities and gifted students.

Among its responsibilities, the office administers state and federal funds; coordinates and administers programs to improve outcomes for students with disabilities and gifted students; implements a statewide monitoring and complaint-resolution system designed to assess district/educational agency compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations; and provides technical assistance to districts and educational agencies around issues of compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).

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Erica S. Baer

November 12th, 2022
Guiding the Gifted: Nurturing and Challenging

Erica S. Baer will talk about the fundamentals of gifted students from her extensive knowledge base.  Erica is the Director of Student Achievement and Gifted Learning at the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, an organization serving the Ohio counties of Hardin, Shelby and Logan.  At the Midwest Regional ESC she works alongside districts, teachers, and families to explore and experience the joys and challenges inherent in gifted education.

Erica is also a member of the governing board of the Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC) as 2nd Vice President.  OAGC is a gifted education advocacy group.  She previously served as the Coordinator Division’s Region 4 Representative.  In that role during COVID, Erica worked alongside gifted colleagues to collaboratively navigate the challenges and changes sparked by the pandemic.  Erica received OAGC’s 2022 Coordinator of the Year award.

Prior to formally working in gifted education, Erica taught freshman, honors, College Credit Plus, and AP literature and writing.  She holds a B.A. in English and M.Ed in elementary education from OSU and attended gifted education classes at Wright State.

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