School Contacts


Gifted Education Elementary Teacher Leader

Elementary schools have a classroom teacher who provides leadership around gifted education at their school. This staff member:

  • Advocates for gifted students, cluster philosophy, and gifted services.

  • Receives ongoing professional development and shares information with staff and the principal.

  • Acts as an on-site G/T resource for parents, staff, and principal.

  • Coordinates, guides, and regulates academic challenges at their school.


School Elementary GE Teacher Leader (K-5)
Armstrong Barbra Fellows
Bailey Kristen Boese
Cottage Grove Denise Downhour
Crestview Reid Tschumperlin
Grey Cloud Kari Lentz
Hillside Michelle Harrison
Liberty Ridge Ann Phipps
Middleton Sara Koehnen
Newport Sara Bonine
Nuevas Fronteras Laura Gandara Chavez
Pine Hill Maggie Prokop
Pullman Meegan Packard
Red Rock Laura Lopnow
Royal Oaks Maribeth Swalve
Valley Crossing Kira Warden
Woodbury Carrie Jennings

Middle School

Gifted Coach

Each middle school has a teacher responsible for being the coach for gifted students in their school. This staff member is available to focus on students' progress, identify key adult advocates, meet with the students periodically throughout the year and create a foundation to embed gifted education services within the context of middle school philosophy.

The amount of time this staff member has allocated for student case management varies by site as some are also classroom teachers. Middle school counselors are also available to support students and parents.

Cottage Grove Jillian Nordstrom
Lake Anne Bleyl
Oltman Brianne Anfinson
Woodbury Elizabeth Kopacek