meet the team
Gifted Education instructors

Paul Beljan, PsyD, ABPdN, ABN is the past president of the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology.  He holds child and adult diplomate qualifications with the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology and the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology.  Dr. Beljan completed two Post-Doctoral Fellowship programs in Pediatric Psychology and Pediatric Neuropsychology, and has completed coursework for his post doctoral master’s degree in psychopharmachology.  Dr. Beljan’s professional focus is on Alcohol/Drug Related Neurodevelopmental Deficit (A/DRND), Gifted Intelligence, Learning Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, Trauma, and Attention and Executive Functioning Deficit diagnosis and interventions.  In addition to his pediatric neuropsychology practice, Dr. Beljan is a consultant for The Davidson Institute for Talent Development and a board member of the Arizona Voice for Crime Victims and the Southwest Institute.
Paul Beljan

Karen L. Brown
is the Gifted Program Mentor for Paradise Valley Unified School District and has been teaching and facilitating gifted education courses at ASU since 2010.  In her current role as Gifted Program Mentor, she works extensively with cluster teachers within the district as well as gifted specialists and self-contained gifted classroom teachers to ensure that the instruction and curriculum provides the appropriate challenge and support for gifted students. Brown is certified in Elementary Education, Special Education, and has earned a master’s degree in Gifted Education.  In 2009, she received National Board Certification.
Karen Brown
Dr. Brulles is the Director of Gifted Education at Paradise Valley Unified School District where she has developed a continuum of gifted education programs. She is also the Gifted Education Program Coordinator at Arizona State University. Dr. Brulles is Past President of the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented and past vice-president of SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted). She serves on SENG’s Editorial Board and on their Diversity Committee and on the NAGC’s Equity and Diversity Committee. Dina assists schools in developing gifted programs and training teachers in gifted education. Dr. Brulles co-authored the books, The Cluster Grouping Handbook: How To Challenge Gifted Students and Improve Achievement For All, and Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classrooms by Free Spirit Publishing, and Helping All Gifted Children Learn: A Teacher’s Guide to Using the NNAT by Pearson Assessment, along with other publications, including articles, chapters, and multi-media training courses.
Check out Dr. Brulles's other webinar presentations through the National Association for Gifted Children.
Dina Brulles

David Graham, Jr.
earned his Bachelor Degree in Special Education and his Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, emphasis: gifted education, both from Arizona State University.  David was the recipient of the Moeur Award during his undergraduate work.  David currently teaches in the Digital Learning Center, a specialized middle school gifted program with full ubiquitous technology integration, in the Paradise Valley Unified School District in Arizona. His areas of interest include technology integration, curriculum design, and the identification process for gifted students.
David Graham

Dr. Kim Lansdowne is the founding Executive Director of the Herberger Young Scholars Academy at Arizona State University. Her lengthy career includes teaching and administration at universities, colleges, public and private schools. At ASU she develops and teaches education classes for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. A productive scholar, she has authored several articles and has been featured in multiple media events focusing on her work. She is a frequent presenter and has worked as a consultant with schools across the country to improve gifted programming. Kim Lansdowne
Karen Mensing, M.S., is a self-contained gifted program teacher in the Paradise Valley Unified School District. She was named Arizona's Gifted Teacher of the Year for 2011 and was honored as 2012’s Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Technology in Education Association. Karen is a Google Certified Teacher, a YouTube Star Teacher, and a Google Apps For Education Certified Trainer. She also records instructional videos for TED Talks is a panelist YouTube EDU Summit.
Karen Mensing
Susan Winebrenner, M.S. is a consultant and author who works with school districts to help them translate current educational research into classroom practice. Susan presents workshops on a variety of topics, including Teaching Gifted Students, Teaching Students with Learning Difficulties, Teaching Strategies for the Mixed-Ability Classroom and how to effectively use Cluster Grouping. Her books include: The Cluster Grouping Handbook, with Dina Brulles, Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom, Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties in the Regular Classroom.
Susan Winebrenner, M.S.
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