SAGE is honored to choose a recipient for the Sherry Hamilton Memorial GT Educator Award. The recipient will show commitment, experience, leadership, and creative approach as a gifted educator, in the the spirit of Sherry Hamilton, GCISD GT Educator and early SAGE supporter. Click here to read more about Mrs. Sherry Hamilton!

The generosity of Mr. Garry Hamilton & The Hamilton Family allows GCSAGE to provide each award winner $500! SAGE is grateful for the Hamiltons’ continued support to honor the special teachers who continue Sherry’s work for gifted and talented students.

The 2021 Award — Amanda Guthrie, ASPIRE AP Modern World History and ASPIRE AP US History, Grapevine High School, GCISD

Bestowed in May 2021

Amanda Guthrie, 2021
Mr. Garry Hamilton, here with Ms. Guthrie, generously supports this award honoring GT teachers whose commitment, experience, leadership, and creative approach reflect the spirit of his wife Sherry, in whose memory this award is named.
The SAGE Prize Patrol popped into Ms. Guthrie’s classroom at Grapevine High School!

The 2020 Award — Angie Connell, GT Specialist, Heritage Elementary, GCISD

Bestowed in May 2021.

Mrs. Angie Connell 2020
We were honored to have Mr. Garry Hamilton, and his son Wesley, join us for today’s presentation. His wife, the late Sherry Hamilton, was a GT Specialist at GES and was instrumental in the early stages of GC-SAGE forming. We honor her memory with this award!

The 2019 Award — Sterling Bristow, ASPIRE Mathematics, Cross Timbers Middle, GCISD

Excerpts from the nominating letters about this year’s recipient:

  • Differentiates masterfully
  • Goes above and beyond the standards
  • Commitment to continuous improvement
  • Has quiet leadership and creativity in classroom instruction
  • Engages every student
  • Likes the kids
  • Gives students opportunities for confidence and leadership skills

This educator co-leads a Math/Science UIL Team, a MATHCOUNTS team, is part of GCISD’s VALOR program, and contributes to our district’s work in mathematics education. He teaches gifted 5th-8th graders in Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2/Precalculus.

He came to our district only recently, and we hope he has a very long career right here in GCISD. Please join SAGE in honoring Cross Timbers Middle School ASPIRE Mathematics Teacher Sterling Bristow.

Mr. Bristow was recognized at the 2019 SAGE Gifted Pathways and will  receive a $500 award for classroom enrichment and/or professional development. Thank you to the family of Sherry Hamilton for providing these funds.

[ UPDATE ] The Legacy Continues: Hamilton family ONCE AGAIN donates $500 toward next year’s award: We received another donation of $500 for the award fund from Mr. Garry Hamilton, husband of the late Sherry Hamilton. Again, SAGE expresses our deep gratitude to the Hamilton Family for this gift to honor the best of the best! 

The 2018 Award — Allyson Dickinson, ASPIRE 2nd Grade, Glenhope Elementary, GCISD

The inaugural recipient was recognized on November 13, 2018, at the SAGE Gifted Pathways event, along with a monetary award of $500 provided by the Sherry Hamilton Memorial Award Fund.

[ UPDATE ] The Legacy Continues: Hamilton family donates $500 toward next year’s award: The day after SAGE announced the recipient of the Sherry Hamilton Memorial GT Educator Award, we received a donation of $500 for the award fund from Mr. Garry Hamilton, husband of the late Sherry Hamilton. We are grateful and humbled by this gift to SAGE — our thanks to Mr. Hamilton for his generosity! 

About Sherry Hamilton

The concept of SAGE was born in a classroom at Grapevine Elementary School in the fall of 2010. That GT classroom belonged to Sherry Hamilton. While she did not realize the future impact of the movement, she was supportive of the parents who were interested in creating awareness of gifted students and of their desire to educate teachers and administrators about the unique educational and social/emotional needs of gifted and talented students.

Sherry Hamilton passed from this life Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 after an extended illness. She began teaching in GCISD in 1986. She taught at Cannon and Dove Elementary Schools, then devoted 12 years as the gifted specialist at Grapevine Elementary until she retired in 2012. She had a passion for all children and especially for gifted children. She never hesitated to share her knowledge and love of GT children with anyone who wanted to learn how to help this unique group of children reach their potential.


Send questions to and please include the words “Sherry Hamilton Memorial Grant” in the subject line of your email.

Contribute funding toward this Award

Many of the district gifted specialists, active and retired, along with some former administrators who all worked with Sherry, initially donated $400 toward this scholarship fund in memory of Sherry Hamilton for the continuation of future educational opportunities for teachers of gifted students in GCISD for this school year.

If you would like to donate, please click the PayPal button below and use PayPal, a credit card or a debit card. You will have to log into PayPal. If you have trouble using this button, please open your PayPal app, log in, and send money to and type Sherry Hamilton in the memo line.