Pictured (from left) are Carol Millsaps, Elementary Differentiation Specialist; Superintendent Jeff James; Erin Doss, Elementary Differentiation Specialist; Kathleen Boice, Elementary Differentiation Specialist; Kelly Hinson, Director of Gifted Learning and IB; Anne Jordan, Secondary Differentiation Specialist; and Beth Cross, N.C. Department of Instruction. 


Iredell-Statesville Schools’ Academically or Intellectually Gifted Department (AIG) was honored with a plaque by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction Office of Advanced Learning earlier this week.

“We are delighted to recognize Iredell-Statesville Schools as an AIG promising district,” said DPI Assistant Director of Advanced Learning and Gifted Education Beth Cross.

“We are grateful for the leadership and innovation shown in the district and are hopeful that others will learn from your example and begin to incorporate these practices,” she added.

Cross said that I-SS exemplifies an unwavering commitment to students and staff as well as innovation in offering a comprehensive AIG program that is focused on expanding opportunities and excellence.

She praised the AIG Department’s “Learn and Lead” initiative, a vital pathway in helping the district understand the social and emotional needs of gifted students. The aim is to create districtwide understanding and support gifted students, while ensuring each student is working to his or her potential, she said.

Additionally, I-SS has established clear professional development and other tools to support their staff at all levels.

Cross also recognized Kelly Hinson, AIG Gifted Director of Learning and IB, for being “forward thinking, deeply concerned about the outcomes for gifted children and committed to ensuring stakeholders are prepared to meet the needs of these students.”

NCDPI has recognized 13 districts across the state that have sustained over time mindsets, policies and practices for expanding excellence in opportunity for staff, students and teachers, Cross said.

“These districts have not only responded to AIG in state policy but have taken it to the next level,” she added.