Maggie Smith

I am the advanced differentiation specialist at Whittier and together with my colleagues, Ford Campbell and Dianne Skoy, my job is to supports Whittier staff in meeting the needs of advanced learners as an academic coach. I provide professional development, collaborative planning and program development for students with advanced learning needs as well as talent development opportunities for all students. 

I have worked as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher with New York City public schools, an ESL teacher in Brussels, Belgium, a gifted education specialist with St. Paul Public Schools, and a district program facilitator for advanced academics with Minneapolis Public Schools. I have an MS in elementary education and an MA in Gifted, Creative, and Talented education. I have a strong interest in research related to the underidentification of economically disadvantaged, culturally diverse, and emergent bilingual students for gifted/advanced programming. You can read about some of my research with colleagues at I present nationally and regionally on topics related to underidentification, multicultural and culturally relevant learning for high potential, advanced, and gifted students from underrepresented populations, and am teaching graduate coursework in differentiation at the University of St. Thomas this year. I am a life long learner who is very passionate about advanced learning for all students, and in particular for those from diverse cultural backgrounds. I am pleased to continue on my learning journey here at Whittier as I work to support our staff and community this year.