Stacy Hawthorne
Director of Online Learning


  • Small schools
  • Gifted education
  • Personalized learning
  • Online learning

The Davidson Academy is a school for profoundly gifted students with two options: an online high school starting with 8th grade for students living anywhere in the U.S. and a public middle/high school located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. As the Academy’s Director of Online Learning, Stacy Hawthorne, can serve as an expert source about gifted education and online learning. Having built the Academy’s online program based on the curriculum at the Reno school, Stacy spent three years researching and planning how to start the online school before it began in 2017-2018 with 21 students. She is currently earning her Ed.D. in Educational Technology and her dissertation topic is online gifted education.