Dr. Sue Nelle DeHart of Decatur, Texas, has been a professional educator since 1964, working with students from 18 months old to graduate students. She has served as a classroom teacher in K–12, a teacher of the deaf, a special education teacher, an elementary principal, and a central office administrator. Before becoming an elementary principal in Hurst, Texas, Dr. DeHart served as the gifted and talented coordinator for the Denton Independent School District, developing the program, training teachers, and writing curricula. She trained and worked with more than 200 K–12 MIZAR (G/T) teachers within the district on how to differentiate curricula for gifted students within the regular classroom.
Dr. DeHart taught graduate courses in the areas of gifted education and special education administration as an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University. Sue Nelle has published several articles on working with gifted students within the general education classroom. She is an international presenter who has given hundreds of workshops on gifted education, working with exceptional children, cooperative learning, multiple intelligences, classroom management, brain-compatible learning, and Dr. Ruby Payne’s work with students and families from poverty.
Sue Nelle retired in June 2000 to work full-time as a consultant for Dr. Ruby Payne. Dr. DeHart’s school, while being considered a low-socioeconomic campus, has repeatedly been recognized for its innovative techniques, inclusion practices, and the outstanding academic gains of its at-risk students. Her staff attributes their success with students to having become practitioners of Dr. Payne’s philosophy, techniques, and strategies for working with students and their families from poverty.
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Dr. DeHart has a B.A. in deaf education, speech pathology, and general education (K–8) from Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, Oklahoma. She earned an M.A. in special education and administration/supervision and an Ed.D. in early childhood education with a minor in gifted education from Texas Woman’s University/North Texas University in Denton, Texas.