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Regional Representatives (Mission)

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Mission Region

Includes Los Angeles County


Catherine Estrada
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Christina Desiderio
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Welcome to the regional page for the Mission region of the California Association for the Gifted (CAG). The Mission region serves all schools in Los Angeles County.

Regional Representatives: About Us  

Educator Representative

This is Catherine Estrada’s third year as the Educator Representative for the Mission Region and Catherine serves on the Publication/Technology committee. Catherine has been an educator for over twenty-four years. Catherine has spent the last five years working as a coordinator and specialist for Los Angeles Unified School District’s Gifted and Talented Programs. Catherine is currently the principal of San Jose Elementary and Highly Gifted Magnet in Mission Hills. Personally, Catherine is the Mother of four children who exhibit a range of gifted characteristics.

Parent Representative

This is Christina Desiderio’s seventh year as the Parent Representative for the Mission Region and Christina is the chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Committee. Christina has a profoundly gifted and talented son, a twice-exceptional gifted and talented daughter, and an academically and leadership gifted son. Christina also has two gifted grandsons. Christina believes these experiences are helpful to her in the role of parent representative.  

Professionally, Christina has been in education for thirty-seven years. This is Christina’s fourth year as the principal of R.L. Stevenson Elementary School in Burbank, a Gold Ribbon and Exemplary Arts School. Christina has hosted seven GATE conferences for both parents and teachers.


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.

1st Meeting Time: October 20, 12:30 p.m. Location: R.L. Stevenson Elementary School, library

2222 West Oak Street Burbank, CA 91505

2nd Meeting Time: TBD Location: TBD
3rd Meeting Time: TBD Location: TBD
4th Meeting Time: TBD Location: TBD

RSVP for a CAG Regional Meeting by contacting your Educator Representative and Parent Representative.

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.


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.

Burbank Unified School District’s Annual GATE Conference

Parent and Educator sessions

Saturday, October 20th
Stevenson Elementary School
3333 West Oak Street
Burbank, CA 91505

Go to https://busdgateconference.eventbrite.com for more information.

Regional Resources