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Regional Representatives (Bay)

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Bay Area Region

Includes Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties.


Gretchen Stanerson
Educator Representative


Karen Bendelman
Parent Representative



Welcome to the regional page for the Bay Area region of the California Association for the Gifted (CAG). The Bay Area region includes the San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Mateo counties.

Regional Representatives: About Us  

Educator Representative

Gretchen Stanerson is excited to be in her third year as the Bay Area Educator Representative. Gretchen is an educator at Synapse School in Menlo Park. She has experience working with underrepresented populations, early childhood, gifted education, and has been an educator for seventeen years. Gretchen has collaborated on the Leave Your Sleep for Education ® project with the Gifted Support Center.

Parent Representative

Karen Bendelman is an Educational Psychologist with a Masters in Gifted Education from the University of Connecticut. She has worked for several programs for gifted students in the United States and Latin America. Before joining the board of the California Association for the Gifted, Karen was a delegate at the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. Karen was a pioneer in her native Uruguay in the professional development of teachers to work with gifted students and worked at the University of Montevideo before recently moving back to the United States. Karen has worked as a consultant in gifted education for governments in Latin America and the Middle East. Karen regularly presents her work in international conferences and has co-authored a chapter in the American Psychological Association Handbook of Giftedness and Talent as well as two books on the subject.


Membership in CAG supports advocacy efforts for gifted students in the state legislature, continued educator training opportunities, direct access to the Gifted Educator Communicator, and discounted conference fees.

CAG Regional Meetings  

CAG Regional Meetings provide opportunities for administrators, educators, parents, and policymakers to gather to discuss gifted education in response to the diverse social, emotional, and intellectual needs in their region of California.

Professional Development and Conferences

58th Annual CAG Conference

Palm Springs, California

February 21-23, 2020

For more information, visit the CAG Conference section of our website.

County Office of Education Links

CAG collaborates with county offices of education to support the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of gifted students in the state of California.

San Mateo County: www.smcoe.org

San Francisco County: www.sfusd.edu

Marin County: www.marinschools.org

Contra Costa County: www.cccoe.k12.ca.us

Alameda County: www.acoe.org

Regional Events

The following regional events are not hosted or sponsored by CAG, however, we would like to provide you access to information in your region that supports gifted education.

No regional events are available at this time.

Regional Resources

Gifted Support Center is an organization dedicated to identifying and supporting the needs of gifted children and their families. Their goal is to help parents understand the unique characteristics and abilities that define their child’s giftedness and provide them with the practical resources to help address the distinct needs of their gifted child. Find more information here.

Summit Center specializes in the needs of the gifted, talented & creative and is committed to helping children, adolescents & families realize their potential. They utilize strengths-based approaches to optimize learning, living and life-long development. Summit Center seeks to enhance each individual’s capacities to connect with others, enjoy meaningful work, and discover their natural abilities for learning, growth and increased well being. Find more information here.

Baywood Learning Center’s model for exceptionally gifted children is a new paradigm in education designed by children who love to learn for children who love to learn. For more information here.

Fusion Academy is a 6th-12th grade individualized learning school. There are locations throughout the bay area: Marin, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, San Mateo, Palo  Alto, and Berkeley.

Nueva School is a Pre-K to 8 independent school serving gifted students and emphasizing integrated studies, creative arts, and social-emotional learning. Find more information here.

The Helios School provides unique, tailored, and thoughtful education for gifted children. Equally important, Helios children thrive socially. The School is a K-8 school. Find more information here.

MV GATE offers after-school classes in coding, engineering, math and more. Find more information here.

GATE Academy, The Marin School for Gifted Education, is an inquiry-based for deep, reflective thinkers – children who have a passion for knowledge and understanding. Find more information here.

Odyssey Middle School (San Mateo County): Odyssey Middle School serves grades 6-8 in San Mateo. Find more information here.

The Harker School, a national top college prep school, offers students in preschool-grade 12 a high-quality and well-rounded education. Find more information here.