New director has big plans at Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Elaine Tuttle Hansen at the Center for Talented Youth

Elaine Tuttle Hansen is executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. (Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun / December 21, 2011)

The Baltimore Sun has a nice write-up on Elaine Tuttle Hansen, the new executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, in Wednesday’s edition of the newspaper.

Hansen, who previously served as president of Bates College in Lewiston, ME, can relate to the CTY students, she told the newspaper. Her first college class was an eye-opening experience after growing up as a ‘smart kid’ in her small Massachusetts town.

“It was like, ‘Oh my God, there are people out there like me,” she says.

The center has more than 25,000 students per year and caters to children in similar situations – those that are ahead of their grade level and need additional stimulation to continue their growth outside of their own schools. Hansen sees the center as being integral to helping the United States nurture its best talent by identifying and pushing them to be top students.

“Who’s going to find the cure for cancer?” she says. “To draw a sports parallel, what would happen to the next great football player if he never found a coach or team?”

Continue reading this story at the Baltimore Sun’s website

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