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Henry J. Nicols, M.S. is a former high school Social Studies teacher, Military Police Officer, Police Officer Hostage Negotiator, Police Chief, Director of Security, Director of Management Training and Corporate Development, for a healthcare network in upstate New York, USA. He is currently an educational consultant for the Center for Talent Development, in New Rochelle, New York, USA and an adjunct professor at the College of New Rochelle and State University of New York College at Buffalo where he teaches courses on emotional intelligence and fostering student self-regulation. In addition he consults both nationally and internationally speaking on topics such as stress management, communications, time management, violence prevention and intervention and crisis management.

Hank is a founding member and past President of the Delaware Otsego Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team serving emergency responders, police and fire officers in Central New York State.

Hank is a founder and director of the Henry Nicols Foundation, a not for profit AIDS education & support group named for his son Henry.

Hank can be contacted via email at,

Susan Baum, Ph.D. is a professor at the College of New Rochelle where she teaches graduate courses in elementary education and the education of gifted and talented students. She received a BS degree in elementary and special education from Syracuse University and a M. A. degree in learning disabilities from Montclair State College. She earned doctorate at the University of Connecticut in the education of gifted and talented. Dr. Baum has had over 30 years experience in the public schools as a classroom teacher, special education teacher, teacher of the gifted, learning disabilities specialist and an educational consultant.

Susan's professional activities include consulting both nationally and internationally, writing and researching in many areas of education including, differentiated curriculum and instruction, emotional needs of children, gifted education, gifted learning disabled students, primary-aged gifted youngsters, gifted underachieving students, and economically disadvantaged students. Recently her focus has been using talent development with all students. She has had many publications in these areas including the following books: Creativity 1,2,3; Chi square, pie charts and me; and to be gifted and learning disabled: From identification to practical intervention strategies. She is co­editor and author of several chapters in a new book entitled Nurturing the gifts and talents of primary grade students and is one of three authors who has just completed a book, Multiple Intelligences in the Elementary Classroom: Pathways to thoughtful practice, in collaboration with Howard Gardner.

Susan serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Students and is the current secretary for the organization. In addition, she is the past president and founder of the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS).

Susan can be contacted via email at

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