A champion for Kentucky’s children has officially retired. Lynette Baldwin, executive director for the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (KAGE), has decided to pass on the reins after leading the organization for more than 23 years. (And this career followed her 30-year career as teacher, gifted education teacher, and district coordinator in the Paducah Independent Schools!) Lynette has devoted her life to students with gifts and talents, their educators, and their parents.

Her tireless advocacy for Kentucky’s gifted and talented children has impacted countless children and young people, their educators, and their families. Whether walking the capitol halls in Frankfort or Washington, D.C., organizing timely professional development opportunities for GT educators, overseeing the KAGE office and KAGE Board, and so much more, Lynette embodied the invaluable mission of KAGE on all levels. She is respected locally, state-wide, and nationally for her leadership.

So it is with great pleasure that the KAGE Foundation announces a scholarship fund in her honor: The Lynette Baldwin KAGE Scholarship for Teachers. This scholarship would provide funding for Kentucky teachers to attend any professional learning opportunity sponsored by KAGE, including the Annual Conference, Fall Workshop, and Summer Workshop. The goal is to endow this scholarship to allow more educators to take advantage of the opportunity. Educators must be knowledgeable in order to provide equitable identification and access as well as appropriate services for these exceptional children.

We invite you to be among the first to honor Lynette and her life’s work. In fact, any donation will be matched until October 1, 2022, up to $10,000. Donations made to the KAGE Foundation for the Lynette Baldwin KAGE Scholarship for Teachers are tax-deductible.

Thank you for joining us in honoring Lynette and her leadership with this important scholarship.