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
Marla Oppenheim Director of Student Services (970)254-5398
Heather Baskin Gifted and Talented Director (970)254-6903
Bev Jebe Administrative Assistant (970)254-6903

GT Staff 2018-2019 Teachers & Schools
Elementary Schools
Sue Jerome Appleton Elementary School
Tami Jones Broadway Elementary School
Sue Jerome Chatfield Elementary Schools
Regina Black Chipeta Elementary School
Anne Djokic Clifton Elementary School
Lance Powell Dos Rios Elementary School
Connie Pyle Dual Immersion Academy (DIA)
Regina Black Fruitvale Elementary School
Connie Greco Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary School
Deb Lamb Loma Elementary School
Julie Broughton Mesa View Elementary School
Michelle Egan New Emerson School
Connie Greco Nisley Elementary School
Susan Dailey 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
Kristi Beale Scenic Elementary School
Sean Gregersen Shelledy Elementary School
Krisi Gustad Taylor Elementary School
Janna Gustafson Thunder Mountain Elementary School
Lance Powell Tope Elementary School
Susan Dailey Wingate Elementary School
Middle Schools
Amy Trager Bookcliff Middle School
Tina Sleigh East Middle School & Challenge Program
Roxanne Johnson Fruita Middle School
Lori Chandler 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
Tricia Burns Central High School
Colleen Stabolepszy Fruita 8/9 School
Kristen Rutkowski Fruita Monument High School
Nicole Auld Grand Junction High School
Nick Philliou Palisade High School
Brenda Chinn R-5 High School
Madonna Dormaier Gateway
Brenda Chinn Grand River Academy
Michelle Thomas Independence Academy
Tammy Erickson-Piper Mesa Valley Community School

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