Carla Van Devander, faculty member in the College of Education, will serve as the director of the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG), with a particular focus on outreach to new students.

Carla has been teaching for the College of Education for five years, including offering coursework on instructional differentiation and exceptionalities. Prior to her full-time role at MBU, Carla served as a differentiation specialist for Staunton City Schools, with her recent experience there focused on gifted and academically motivated adolescents. Active in the community, she is the co-creator and coordinator of Opportunity is Knocking, an award-winning event that brings together local colleges, industry, and the school system to provide families with important college, skilled trade, and career information.

Carla earned a BA in history from George Mason University, her teaching credential from Mary Baldwin, and the MEd in curriculum and instruction and instructional strategies from Eastern Mennonite University.

Carla will maintain her faculty role for the College of Education, and will continue as coordinator for the Education Leaders living learning community. PEG will continue to benefit from the able program leadership of Associate Director Christy Baker and her team of dedicated residential staff.