District 194 announces Molly Hammel as new gifted coordinator

After working with Lakeville Area Public Schools students for 22 years, Elementary Gifted Coordinator Holly Traub announced her retirement.

Traub’s career in the district started in August 1996 as a gifted and talented instructor at Eastview Elementary until she was appointed the district’s elementary gifted coordinator in 2010.

Holly Traub

Gifted Coordinator Holly Traub announces her retirement after 22 years with the district.

“Being the district gifted coordinator has been the perfect blend of working with kids, teachers, parents and district administration,” Traub said. “My passion as an educator has always been to provide students with a challenge and get them thinking. I’ve loved being able to work with everyone to help make this happen for our students.”

Traub said “she’ll miss seeing the light bulb in kids go on when they get excited about learning,” but she’s excited for the district’s new hire Molly Hammel, who will take Traub’s place as gifted coordinator. Hammel will begin transitioning to her new position this summer.

Molly Hamme

District 194 welcomes new Gifted Coordinator Molly Hammel

Hammel has an extensive background in gifted and talented education. She has worked in gifted education for over 12 years and is currently a gifted and talented specialist for District 196. Having attended many conferences at the College of William & Mary School of Education Center for Gifted Education, she is well-versed in the District 194 gifted education curriculum model. Additionally, she has been a frequent presenter on gifted education topics at the local, state and national level.

Another strength Hammel brings to District 194 is her work with the international organization Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG). She is a certified SENG Model Parent Group facilitator, and has led several SENG groups in the south metro area.

“I’m thrilled that we have been able to hire such a highly qualified person for this position,” Traub said. “Molly Hammel comes with a strong background in professional development for teachers, social and emotional needs of gifted learners and the research knowledge of gifted education best practice. Her skill-set is a perfect match for what we need.”

Hammel is equally excited about the position, and said, “I’m most looking forward to getting to work with District 194 staff and families to provide a challenging and engaging educational experience for students every day.”

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