Curriculum Vitae for Charlotte A. Akin


B.A. University of Washington, 1969 

M. Ed. University of Portland, 1998


Classroom Teacher: 21 years in Washington State  

     13 years in general education classes grades 1, 2-5 

       8 years in elementary EXCEL (gifted) program, Evergreen Public Schools

Piloted and helped develop Full Time Self-Contained program for gifted children

And taught 1 year in Pull Out Program for gifted.

Administrator:  5 years Highly Capable Programs Manager,

Evergreen Public Schools 2006 – 2011

Co-founder and partner: The Center for Dynamic Education, L.L.C. which conducted

        Summer Institutes with university credit, 2000 – 2008.

Consulted for districts in the state and region, 2000 – 2015.

President, Washington Assn. of Educators or Talented and Gifted, 2012 – 14

Published author:

  • “Reading around the Home,” Washington Organization for Reading Development,  1988. 
  • “See the Chickens?” Down Syndrome Today, Winter, 1993.  
  • The Long Road Called Goodbye: Tracing the Course of Alzheimer’s, Creighton University Press, 2000.
  • One Book That Changed My Life,” The Oregonian, January 28, 2001
  • “Book Review The Long Road Called Goodbye: Tracing the Course of Alzheimer’s,” Alzheimer’s Society of Washington, November 2003 
  • “Preserving Dignity for Those With Dementia, Adult Family Homes, February, 2003
  • “Messages for Parents and Teachers” Gifted Child Today, Spring, 2004
  • “Academic Asynchrony” Gifted Child Today, Spring, 2005
  • “Isn’t It Tracking?” WAETAG Newsletter, spring 2013
  • Highly Capable Handbook, co-authored with Dr. Nancy Hertzog and Dr. Rachel Chung. Robinson Center for Young Scholars, University of Washington, 2015

Multiple conference presentations in both gifted and Alzheimer’s, including Opening Keynote, Alzheimer’s Society, 2003.

Sample presentation articles for Alzheimer’s include:

“What Primary Care Professionals Should Know about Alzheimer’s”

Presented at Oregon Health Sciences University 

Medical and Physician Assistant Students, 2002

“The Ethics of Alzheimer’s”

“Aligning Care”

“Maintaining Vital Relationships”

“How to Stay Balanced on the Care-Giving Roller Coaster”

“The Look of Quality Care,” Presented at SW Washington Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities, Caregiver’s Conference Sept. 2015

Sample presentations topics for gifted include:

“Characteristics of Exemplary Curricula for the Gifted,” 2000

“So What?  Who Are These Kids and Why Do We Serve Them?” 2000-2013

“Elementary Investigations,” 2003

“Metacognition in the Classroom,” 2009

“Creative Thinking Skills and Problem Solving Challenges,” 2009

“Program Models and Services,” 2013

“Program Infrastructure,” 2014


  • 2013:  Authored a grant for training regional professional developers throughout Washington State in the field of gifted education.  The grant was funded by WAETAG, the Office of the Superintendent of Education (in WA), two private donors and each of the eleven Educational Service Districts in the state.  Additional support for the project was given by the Center for Gifted Education at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA.  As Lead Trainer in this project, recruited experienced educators from around the state for their participation.  A listing of the Regional HCP Professional Developers with contact information can be found at  Jan Kragen is the current leader of this group.
  • 2015:  Authored a grant for a gifted education program document handbook.  This was funded by the Robinson Center at the University of Washington and is currently available on the WAETAG website above or at Document co-authors are Dr. Nancy Hertzog and Dr. Rachel Chung.


  • Washington Education Association’s Teacher to Remember Award, 1999
  • National Honor Roll: America’s Outstanding Teachers, 2006
  • WAETAG Distinguished Leadership Award, 2006
  • SAMMY Award June 2006 (Given by Clark County Commissioners for environmental work in salmon restoration.)
  • WAETAG Distinguished Leadership Award, 2015

Endorsement:  “Charlotte is my most trusted advisor in the gifted child arena in education.  Her years of classroom experience, her love of children, and her drive to help them succeed are nothing short of legendary.”  Washington State Senator Ann Rivers

Personal:  Charlotte is the wife of one, the mother of two, and grandmother of four.  She lives with her husband and pets on a creek bank in the forest near Battle Ground WA.