Dr. Jim Delisle has taught gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more than 30 years. Jim retired from Kent State University recently after 25 years of service as a professor of special education. Throughout his career, Jim has taken time away from college teaching to return to his "classroom roots," volunteering as a fourth-, fifth-, and eighth-grade teacher in 1991, 1997, and 2006. Jim also taught gifted middle school students one day a week between 1998–2008 in the Twinsburg, OH, public schools.
The author of more than 250 articles and 16 books, Jim's work has been translated into multiple languages and has been featured in both professional journals and in popular media such as The New York Times and The Oprah Winfrey Show. A frequent presenter throughout the U.S., Jim has also addressed audiences in nations as diverse as England, Greece, China, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.
Jim's wife, Deb, served as Superintendent for Public Instruction for the State of Ohio and is currently an educational consultant for various agencies. Their son, Matt, is a special effects editor in California and the source of many of their stories about raising gifted children. In his "retirement," Jim plans to write children's picture books where the main characters are based on young people Jim has taught or counseled during his career.