The Free Press
ST PETER — Linda Roth has been a champion of the area’s gifted and talented students for her whole career. Just recently retired, she’s being recognized for her contributions.
Roth is the recipient of the 2012 Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented Friend of the Gifted Award. The award honors those who have made “a significant impact in the field of gifted education,” according to a release by Marty Hartmann, the board director.
“She is a longtime advocate for gifted learners and has dedicated herself to supporting them, their parents and their teachers,” Hartmann wrote.
Roth retired as the gifted specialist for St. Peter Public Schools, and as a half-time teacher on special assignment for Minnesota State University, where she earned her master’s in 2003 in gifted education and talent development.
She began her career teaching in Robbinsdale and Good Thunder. She also coordinated an after-school and Saturday gifted program in Lake Crystal schools.
She coordinated and taught Cleveland’s gifted program for seven years, and she spent the last 12 years directing the program in St. Peter.
Among her accomplishments, Roth served on the board of Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented, provided teachers with tools to differentiate their curriculum, coordinated the district science fair, coached Math Masters teams and numerous other teams.
— Free Press Staff