Parent Mentoring is what we do! We mentor the parents, guardians and grandparents in advocating with grace for their gifted and talented children. We mentor and coach them through family intensities and life's challenges.
Stephanie Newitt has extensive experience advocating with grace and building bridges in the gifted education field at the local and state level. She has a passion for connecting with parents, helping them find resources and develop a sense of community so that they know they are not alone on their journey. This passion led her to pursue certification to be a SENG Model Parent Group facilitator to help parents find the gifted lens so they can better understand, appreciate and support their quirky, intense, asynchronous gifted children.
She is a certified SENG Model Parent Group facilitator, a member of the National Association for Gifted Children, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented. She served as AAGT president 2019-2022. She has presented on giftedness, gifted education advocacy and building bridges at numerous AAGT events. She has also presented at the SENG Annual Conference. Stephanie has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Brigham Young University. She taught preschool for 8 years, helping parents to recognize gifted characteristics in their young children.
Stephanie is the parent of four gifted young adults. Being a parent of gifted children makes home life quite intense! She not only survived the busyness and the emotional ups and downs, but also learned to appreciate her children for who they are, learning to find joy in the asynchronous journey of parenting gifted kids. In her journey she realized that she needed to embrace her own gifts in order to have a more balanced life and to also provide healthy modeling for her own children. They speak openly about giftedness and emotional intensities in her family, including the strengths and challenges, and she strives to be need-based in her relationships with her children. At the beginning of Stephanie’s journey into giftedness, she felt very alone, and strived to connect with other parents of gifted children through AAGT and in her local school district. She served on numerous committees with her school district to develop gifted education vision and mission statements and expand gifted education programming. She was also a founding member of her district's Gifted Education Parent Council. Prior to joining the AAGT Board of Directors, she was recognized for her advocacy efforts with the 2017 AAGT Friend of the Gifted Award.
Stephanie lived in San Antonio, Texas, for 18 months where she became fluent in Spanish. She and her husband spoke Spanish at home and raised their children to be bilingual. Originally from San Jose, California, Stephanie has called Gilbert, Arizona, home for more than 20 years. She enjoys gardening, reading, camping, and family history. Recently she discovered kayaking! Her favorite flavors are lemon and blackberry and she has a 30 foot long blackberry patch! She loves Arizona sunsets and the Arizona scents of rain and citrus blossoms. She is grateful to be living in Arizona where there is a mandate for gifted education.
Ashley Romanoski has a passion for learning and building relationships with those around her. She began her journey in education as a sixth grade elementary school teacher where she quickly discovered her passion for gifted education. Her classroom experiences working with gifted students inspired her to transition to work as her school’s gifted resource teacher where she was able to work with students from kindergarten through sixth grade. It was in that role that she recognized the unique needs of gifted students and their families.
Soon after, Ashley left the classroom to raise her own children where she discovered the parenting side of raising passionate, inquisitive, and emotional gifted children. In her role as a parent, Ashley quickly discovered a lack of resources for parents who weren’t in the education field, and she worked to create a Virtual Parent Group in her children’s school district to share resources, events, and create a safe and welcoming space for parents of gifted children.
Most recently, Ashley has returned to the regular classroom teaching fourth grade, and she is an advocate for gifted learners and their families. She finds joy in working with her students and watching as they build their own self confidence as they learn and grow in the classroom.
Ashley earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona and her Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University. She holds a gifted endorsement on her teaching certificate, and she is a certified SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator. Ashley is a founding member of her district’s parent group, and she has presented at SENG, AAGT, and NAGC Conferences sharing information about the importance of sharing our story with our families and others. Ashley calls Tucson home. When she is not in the classroom, she enjoys spending time outside with her husband and three children exploring Arizona in their camper or running her children from sports and dance events. You can also find her frequently lost in a good book or watching Hallmark movies.