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Woodstock, NY


Gifted Matters 4 Kids is New York State's premiere service for gifted and twice-exceptional learners, developed and provided by Dr. Susan Paynter of Woodstock, NY, child advocate, award-winning educator, and nationally recognized expert on gifted learners.



Dr. Susan Paynter offers private and small group enrichment classes, customized to match the passions and abilities of the participant(s). Programs include archaeology and ancient civilizations. Young archaeologists discover authentic artifacts working with David Paynter.

(David Paynter gained field experience as part of an archaeological team in Jordan where he took part in the 6 week excavation of a Roman-Byzantine necropolis. He was an archaeology major at Hampshire College with a focus in physical anthropology, the study of bones. He has extensive laboratory experience studying the physical remains of the Black Mesa Anasazi of the American South West.  He has taught archaeology to children for four years)


Young archaeologists experience authentic field archaeology beginning with surface collections that help them determine the best site for the initial test pits. Children measure grids using GPS coordinates and determine the depth below datum using a plumb-bob. They meticulously log their collections in their log books. Once they find an artifact it remains in-situ while the artifact is brushed and cataloged. The dig concludes as the artifacts are curated for the student museum. 

Enrichment Classes

Dr. Paynter's private and small group enrichment classes are customized to match the interests, capabilities and goals of the participant(s). Class topics are as diverse as the children who sign up; previous classes have featured stop-motion animation, binary code, and pre-pre-algebra.



Ancient Civilizations

Dr. Paynter and David Paynter led a group of more than 20 students as they traveled to Ancient Rome, and Ancient Egypt without ever leaving Upstate New York.