About Cindy

CindyCindy Hansen specializes in the needs of the gifted and high potential community by assisting adults and children to embrace and fortify their complex learning profiles.

Cynthia Z. Hansen, M.Ed., ET/P, is an Educational Therapist/Professional in private practice, and a gifted education consultant.  She is a SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator, the Marketing Director for the Association for Educational Therapy and is the Parent Representative for the Pacific Region of the California Association for the GiftedTri-County GATE Council serves Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.  Among her school affiliations, she is the Instructional Specialist for advanced students at University Preparation Charter School at UCI Channel Islands;  the Coordinator of Educational Services for The Knox School of Santa Barbara for Gifted Children during it’s inaugural years; headed Instructional Support Services for Ojai Valley School, and worked with the Ventura County Indian Education Program and Gifted programs within the Ventura Unified School District.  Along with her student and parent advocacy, she provides professional development and consults with a variety of schools, both public and private, in Southern California.

Ms. Hansen received her Masters of Education and three Teaching Certificates from UCLA, her post-masters certificate in Gifted and Talented Education from UCSB, and was granted Educational Therapist/ Professional status under the guidelines of the Association of Educational Therapy. Cindy was named to the Social Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) Honor Roll in 2013 for her work with Twice-Exceptional (2e) students, and was honored twice by the Tri-County GATE Council for her advocacy and support of gifted students in the Ventura Unified School District and at The Knox School of Santa Barbara.

Ms. Hansen presents her methods and research to parents and educators at national conferences including International Dyslexia Association, National Association of Gifted Children, Social Emotional Needs of the Gifted, the Association of Educational Therapists, and the California Association of the Gifted. She also designs and presents workshops for parent groups and educators throughout Southern California.

“My passion for serving the twice exceptional community and gifted students with executive function challenges began with my two very different children who became my first students and mentors as they journeyed between learning differences, asynchrony, ‘boredom’ and self-discovery.”