Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Appoints Member to the Kentucky Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 15, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed Susanne M. Burkhardt, of Shelby County, to the Kentucky Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education.

Burkhardt is a teacher at Simpsonville Elementary School in Shelby County. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Wittenberg University and a master’s degree in literacy studies from John Carroll University.  She is a member of the Kentucky chapter of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education.  Burkhardt is also a member of the National Education Association, the Kentucky Education Association, the Shelby County Education Association and the Simpsonville Parent Teacher Organization.  She is married to Scott A. Burkhardt.

The Kentucky Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education is made up of 19 voting members, appointed by the Governor, and three ex officio members.  The council acts in an advisory capacity to formulate and offer recommendations related to services for gifted and talented students.  Its recommendations are made to the commissioner of education, the Kentucky Board of Education and the Education Professional Standards Board.  The council represents a wide variety of stakeholders, including parents, the business community, teachers, building and central office administrators, coordinators of gifted and talented programs and post-secondary institutions.