2021 KAGE award goes to gifted/talented teacher at Dixie Magnet

Paula Mlinar

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Association for Gifted Education presented a 2020-21 KAGE Service & Advocacy Award to Paula Mlinar, the gifted/talented resource teacher at Dixie Magnet Elementary.

Colleagues and peers congratulated her during the Feb. 23-24 virtual state conference.

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“I am honored and humbled,” Mlinar said. “I have learned about being a fierce advocate for kids from many G/T colleagues who are just as deserving of this award.”

Mlinar, who grew up in Marion County, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, a master’s from Eastern Kentucky University, and Gifted Certification from Northern Kentucky University.

A National Board Certified teacher, she has 26 years of experience in special education, math, and gifted/talented services. Mlinar previously taught at South Oldham Middle School, Beaumont Middle School, and Winburn Middle School.

“Gifted learners have specialized needs,” Mlinar said. “Gifted education is critical to helping them grow and reach their full potential. They need advocates to ensure their talents are maximized and developed. Education should be individualized and allow for creativity and fun!”