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Gifted & Talented

D51 gifted education supports academic and social-emotional growth by equitably recognizing and nurturing our diverse youth with gifts and talents so they may develop their individual potential.

Each gifted student in School District 51 is 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- Compass Building  2768 Compass Dr., Suite 200, Grand Junction, CO 81506


Name Title Phone Number
Dan Bunnell Executive Director of Student Services & Support (970) 254-5497
Bill Larsen Gifted and Talented Director (970) 254-6903
Summer Allen Administrative Assistant (970) 254-6903
Brandy Headlee Gifted and Talented Coach (970) 254-5100



GT Staff 2023-2024 Teachers & Schools
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INTERNAL LINK Lance Powell Chipeta Elementary School
INTERNAL LINK Regina Black Clifton Elementary School
INTERNAL LINK Lance Powell Dos Rios Elementary School
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INTERNAL LINK Jennifer Dennison Fruitvale Elementary School
INTERNAL LINK Mitch Hamilton Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary School
INTERNAL LINK Tawnya Bangert Loma Elementary School
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INTERNAL LINK Meredith Thornhill Monument Ridge Elementary School
INTERNAL LINK Christena Nelson New Emerson School
INTERNAL LINK Regina Black Nisley Elementary School
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