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Join us to explore the definition of giftedness and to learn practical strategies for supporting gifted learners.

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Helios School, located in the center of Silicon Valley, is focused on the education and well being of gifted students and their families. We invite you to attend a Helios Connections Webinar hosted by our Director of Advancement, Noa Mendelevitch, and featuring Karen Bendelman - Helios' Director of Student Life. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Early Childhood Gifted Education: where it all begins...

This Webinar will focus on early childhood gifted education - where it all starts. Join us to explore the definition of giftedness, to tackle common myths and misconceptions, to learn how to identify the early signs, to get clarity on how to support gifted learners, and to find out how Helios puts all these into practice every day.

Karen Bendelman, Director of Student Life, Helios School

Karen Bendelman is Director of Student Life at Helios School. In this role Karen will support all co-curricular programs as well as the admissions team. Karen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in learning disabilities and a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology, specializing in gifted and talented education, from the University of Connecticut. Karen moved from her native country, Uruguay, two years ago and started serving as a board member at the California Association for the Gifted until this summer. Previously, Karen was a country delegate at the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. She co-wrote a chapter in the American Psychological Association Handbook of Giftedness and Talent, several articles for international journals as well as two books on the subject, and regularly presents her work at national and international conferences. Karen worked as a consultant for governments in the field of gifted education and was a university lecturer in her home country, where she still teaches during the summers. Karen has a passion for gifted education and brings to Helios her expertise in supporting students academically, socially and emotionally. In her spare time, Karen loves spending time with her family, running, hiking, and traveling.

Noa Mendelevitch, Director of Advancement, Helios School

Noa is Helios’ first Director of Advancement. She has been a parent, a teacher, and an administrator at Helios and brings to her role a personal understanding of giftedness and a wealth of professional experience in marketing, communications, education, and nonprofit and for-profit management. To date, she has led efforts related to fundraising, branding, and communications while working closely with the board’s Development Committee and parent volunteers on strategic goals such as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In her new role, she will advance the Helios mission through her work in Enrollment Management, Development, Marketing, and Communications. Noa has lived on three continents and has been based in the Bay Area since 1999. In addition to private practice as a mixed media artist and designer, She is a passionate advocate for the power individuals and communities have to create opportunity and make a positive change in the world. She lives in San Carlos with her husband and two sons along with the family’s beloved pooch, Alfie. admissions@heliosns.org

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