Gifted & Talented

To build capacity in recognizing, nurturing, and supporting youth with gifts and talents so they may develop their individual potentials.

All gifted students in School District 51 are identified by their strength areas and needs. Educational programming is designed and implemented to match their identified needs. Student progress and achievement are monitored through ongoing dynamic assessment. Teachers of gifted students participate in professional development to increase knowledge, skills and understanding of gifted students and required instruction.

Gifted children mean those persons between the ages of five and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so outstanding that they require special provisions to meet their educational needs. Children under five who qualify may also be served. Gifted students are capable of high performance in any or a combination of these areas:

  • General or Specific Intellectual Ability
  • Creative or Productive Thinking
  • Leadership Abilities
  • Specific Academic Aptitude
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Mathematics
    • Social Studies
    • Science
    • World Language
  • Specific Talent Aptitude
    • Visual Arts
    • Performing Arts (Drama/Theater)
    • Musical
    • Dance
    • Psychomotor Abilities

GT Teacher/Liaison Directory and Schedule 

Gifted and Talented Frequently Asked Questions

Telephone Number (970)254-6903
Address - Basil T. Knight Center (BTK) 596 North Westgate Dr Grand Junction, CO 81501

Name Title Phone Number
Patti Virden Executive Director of Student Services & Support (970)254-5497
Heather Baskin Gifted and Talented Director (970)254-6903
 Mandy Budd Administrative Assistant (970)254-6903

GT Staff 2020-2021 Teachers & Schools
Elementary Schools
Sue Jerome Appleton Elementary School
Christena Nelson Broadway Elementary School
Sue Jerome Chatfield Elementary Schools
Lance Powell Chipeta Elementary School
Regina Black Clifton Elementary School
Lance Powell Dos Rios Elementary School
Gisela Ferguson Dual Immersion Academy (DIA)
Jennifer Dennison Fruitvale Elementary School
Taryn Noll Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary School
Deb Lamb Loma Elementary School
Kristi Beale Mesa View Elementary School
Meredith Thornhill Monument Ridge Elementary School
Sara Hoover New Emerson School
Regina Black Nisley Elementary School
Melanie Roten Orchard Avenue Elementary School
Janelle McGowan Pear Park Elementary School
Kristi Beale Pomona Elementary School
Meredith Thornhill Rim Rock Elementary School
Jennifer Dennison Rocky Mountain Elementary School
Christena Nelson Scenic Elementary School
Sean Gregersen Shelledy Elementary School
Krisi Gustad Taylor Elementary School
Sean Gregersen Thunder Mountain Elementary School
Deb Lamb Tope Elementary School
Susan Dailey Wingate Elementary School
Middle Schools
 Shannon Gass Bookcliff Middle School
Tina Sleigh East Middle School & Challenge Program
Roxanne Johnson Fruita Middle School
Allison Bohall Grand Mesa Middle School
Shannon Gass Mount Garfield Middle School
DebbieBeth Hoffman Orchard Mesa Middle School
Tawnya Bangert Redlands Middle School
DebbieBeth Hoffman West Middle School
High Schools
 Jessica Barton Central High School
Colleen Stabolepszy Fruita 8/9 School
Kristen Rutkowski
Sarah Day
Fruita Monument High School
Nicole Auld Grand Junction High School
 Cori Ward Palisade High School
Brenda Chinn R-5 High School

Brenda Chinn Grand River Academy
Katie Brown Independence Academy
Tammy Erickson-Piper Mesa Valley Community School
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