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Richard Courtright

Consultant, Gifted & Special Education
Dr. Richard D. Courtright is a consultant in gifted and special education, having retired from more than forty years of work in PreK-12 public education. Rick has been an elementary and middle school classroom teacher, gifted teacher, and a gifted program administrator for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in North Carolina. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in special education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has held past positions of Gifted Education Research Specialist for Duke TIP, of lecturing fellow in the Duke University Program in Education, and as an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Education at Elon University. He has co-written and co-edited several works, has taught a variety of courses and workshops in gifted, general and special education, has presented at state, regional, national and international conferences. Rick has provided consultation to numerous schools and districts interested in delivering quality differentiated programs for gifted and talented students. Rick has served multiple terms of office on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented, which awarded him the Distinguished Service Award for lifetime achievement in 2015.