Gifted Teachers

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The Gifted Center Faculty
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Mr. Zach Hilburn
My name is Zach Hilburn.  I was in the gifted program when I was in school, and so I understand how these guys think. I am a 2003 graduate of West End, and I graduated in 2008 from JSU with a B.S. in Secondary Education. I did my student teaching at Glencoe High School. I earned my Master's Degree and Gifted Certification from Samford University.  I live on Noccalula Mountain with my wife and daughter.

Mrs. Ryan Lancaster
My name is Ryan Lancaster. This is my fourth year teaching at the Gifted Center. I graduated from Glencoe High School in 2006.  I graduated from JSU in 2011 with a B.S. in Elementary Education,  earned my Master's Degree in Special Education in Gifted Certification from Samford University in 2014. I love drawing, painting, biking and everything outdoors and artsy! I live in Glencoe with my husband and 2 1/2 year old son, Ryder.

Ms. Cynthia Thomas
I teach grades 3-6 at the Gifted Center. I have been teaching for 25 years and have taught gifted students in Alabama and Texas. I have a BS Degree in Elementary Education and a BS Degree in Secondary Education from Jacksonville State University. I have a Master's Degree in Gifted Education from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.I love to read and garden. My hobbies are Calligraphy, Collecting Books and Estate Sales.