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Elizabeth Dirkes-Jacks

Elizabeth Dirkes-Jacks

Leapfrog Coordinator, Summer Program, Center for Talent Development


Biography

Beth Dirkes-Jacks worked as the site coordinator for the Leapfrog program in Palatine last summer and returned because she loves being part of the CTD team. “Everyone at CTD keeps an eye on the ball,” she says. “The focus on the learning of gifted young children is never lost in the administration process.” Beth works hard to select the best instructors and teaching assistants, provide them the tools they need to be effective—whether it’s computers, robots, information or encouragement—and make sure instructors and students are well matched. Beth holds a bachelor of science in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, completed a second major in Political Science, and enjoyed a variety of other classes. Beth remembers that while at Northwestern, an English professor described Bruce Springsteen as "the greatest living American poet." An avid fan, she has enjoyed ten of his concerts. Beth went on to study at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, where she then worked in public administration with emphasis on children and youth policy. The mother of four gifted daughters, advocating for gifted children comes naturally to Beth.

Research/Scholarship

Education

Year Degree Institution
1985 BS, Human Development and Social Policy Northwestern University


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