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Regional Representatives (Santa Lucia)


Santa Lucia Region

Includes Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties


Susan Graulty
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Paula Simka
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Welcome to the regional page for the Santa Lucia region of the California Association for the Gifted (CAG). The Santa Lucia region includes the Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties.

Regional Representatives: About Us

Educator Representative

Susan started her career in education in Indiana where she worked with special needs preschoolers. After finishing her credential Susan taught general education fourth and fifth grades. It was there that she found she had a gift working with at-risk students. Susan’s career path took a new turn after moving to California. She worked in a Juvenile Facility in Merced. When she and her husband moved to Santa Cruz, Susan took a position working in a Court Community Day School. Many of the students there were identified as GATE, but their emotional needs took them other places. Susan is now the Coordinator of Visual and Performing Arts, and GATE for the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. She has four wonderful daughters, Valerie, Stephanie, Natalie and Michelle. Her husband John is Dean of VAPA at Cabrillo College.

Parent Representative

Paula embarked on her journey into the gifted education as a result of her volunteering work at her children’s school. Witnessing how gifted children often go through school without having their academic needs met has led her to switch gears, leaving her industrial engineering background and entering the world of gifted education. As a passionate advocate for gifted children, Paula has successfully worked with the school administrators and staff to build a gifted program. Having graduated from the Three Summers Program in Gifted Education at the University of Connecticut, she currently serves as the Gifted Coordinator for Discovery Charter School in San Jose, working with gifted students, providing advanced resources for teachers, and supporting parents of gifted children.


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 policy makers to gather to discuss gifted education in response to the diverse social, emotional, and intellectual needs in their region of California.

1st Meeting Time: TBD Location: TBD
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

57th Annual CAG Conference

Palm Springs, California

February 22-24, 2019

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.

Santa Clara County: www.cde.ca.gov/sp/gt/re/

Santa Cruz County: www.sccoe.org

San Benito County: www.santacruz.k12.ca.us

Monterey County: www.sbcoe.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

iD Tech Camps At iD Tech, ages 7-17 learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more! Weeklong summer programs held at Stanford, Santa Clara, San Jose State, MIT, and 150+ universities nationwide. This summer, your child can explore a prestigious campus, make new friends as they master new tech skills, and join a community of 350,000 alumni. With world-class instructors and innovative courses in coding, game development, robotics, and design, our programs instill in-demand skills that embolden students to shape the future.

Monterey County Gifted A new parenting support group for the families of gifted children in the Central Coast is forming. Anyone parenting gifted kids in the Central Coast is welcome, whether they are attending public-private or homeschool. The Monterey County Gifted is about connecting and empowering the Central Coast families who are raising gifted kids. This group supports parents’ rights to choose the best educational option for their own children, which will be different for each family. All members are encouraged to share resources, ask questions, and plan events. To join, please contact montereycountygifted@gmail.com or join the Facebook here or Yahoo groups here.

Gifted And Talented (formerly known as Stanford EPGY-Education Program for Gifted Youth). Find more information here.

Unleash your child’s genius! Developed by Stanford University, Gifted and Talented is the premier online community dedicated to K-12 advanced learning and built on a foundation of over 50 years of research. Online courses, expert tutors, information and advice designed to help parents and educators develop accelerated learners.

Galileo Learning Bay Area summer camps combining the spirit of exploration and innovation with art, science and outdoor education. Local camps available throughout the peninsula & south bay for 3 levels: Camp Galileo for Pre-K through grade 5, Galileo Summer Quest for grade 5-8, and Summer Camps at the Tech Museum of Innovation for grade 4-8. Find more information here

California Future Problem Solving (the California affiliate for Future Problem Solving International, Inc. Teaching students how to think, not what to think…CAFPS combines the intellectual challenge of creative problem solving with an interdisciplinary study of the future. This program helps students, grades 4-12 develop their abilities in research, critical thinking, creativity & teamwork, using a proven framework for clear and structured analysis. Find more information here.

Schmahl Science Workshops Because learning good science should be fun! Schmahl Science Workshops provides summer camp, homeschool lessons and after-school workshops for kids in elementary & middle school, based at History Park in San Jose and local public schools. Find more information here.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. Find more information here.

Marté J. Matthews, MA, MFT is a child & family therapist in San Jose with a special interest in working with gifted, talented and twice-exceptional “2E” students and their families. She is a SENG-model Parent Group facilitator and offers linkage with resources, parent consultation & coaching and family therapy. The website contains additional information and resources for G/T/2E kids & families. Find more information here.

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Guidance, support, designing education for gifted kids and their parents. Find more information here.

Helios School in Sunnyvale Challenging and imaginative education to engage gifted K-8 learners. Our mission is to create a K-8 school and foster a community that meets the unique educational, social and emotional needs of gifted learners and their families. Find more information here.