Spotlight on the Gifted Experience


Meeting the unique needs of gifted learners, both academically and social-emotionally, is the passion that drives each of our amazing gifted resource educators in building relationships with gifted students and their families. Thank you for taking the time to read this information regarding the Office of Gifted Programs highlights about gifted education in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. We appreciate your ongoing support!

New Gifted Resource Teachers for the 2022-2023 School Year

  • Sheleen Dixon (part-time) – Diamond Springs ES
  • Beth Kelly – Landstown ES
  • Lauren Gibson – Princess Anne ES
  • Debbie Seth – Rosemont Forest ES
  • Laurie Thiesfeld (part-time) – Bayside 6
  • Lori Wilson – Independence MS
  • Ashley Smith – Landstown MS
  • Jessica Lessman – Lynnhaven MS
  • Laura Purvis – Plaza MS
  • Mallary Gilmore – Virginia Beach MS
  • Meghan Malkowski – Green Run Collegiate 
  • Kelly Lepkowski – Salem HS

Gifted Community Advisory Committee News

The Office of Gifted Programs is excited about the work and learning that will be happening during the 2022-2023 Gifted Community Advisory Committee meetings. The VBCPS Community Advisory Committee for Gifted Education (CAC) provides essential insights and information to the School Board regarding the academic, social, and emotional needs of all identified gifted students in the school division. The CAC is comprised of community members, often parents of gifted VBCPS students, Gifted Resource Teachers from each school level, gifted student representatives, and other stakeholders. Annually, the CAC works to develop goals and priorities aligned with the mission and vision of the school division and submit recommendations in writing to the Superintendent and the School Board highlighting relevant issues intended to improve the educational services for gifted students and encourage a collaborative relationship between school division staff and the community. All are welcome to attend the monthly meetings. More information about dates and agenda items can be found on Community Advisory Committee for Gifted Education (CAC) page.

Congratulations – Region II 2022 VA Gifted Teacher and Virginia Gifted Leader of the Year!

The Virginia Association for the Gifted (VA Gifted) selected Meg Manugo, Gifted Resource Teacher at Bayside High School as the 2022 Region II Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted.

Congratulation to Mrs. Meg Manugo Gifted Resource Teach Bayside High School Virginia Beach, VA 2022 Virginia Region II Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted

Dr. Dornswalo Wilkins-McCorey, VBCPS Office of Gifted Programs Coordinator, was selected from nominees across the state as the VA Gifted 2022 Outstanding Leader of the Gifted.

Congratulations to Dr. Dornswalo Wilkins-McCorey Coordinator Office of Gifted Programs Virginia Beach, VA 2022 Leader of the Year Virginia Association of the Gifted

Congratulations to these exceptional advocates for gifted learners and families in Virginia Beach City Public Schools!

2022 Gifted Virtual Summer Symposium

On August 9, 2022, the Office of Gifted Programs sponsored the 2nd Annual Virtual Gifted Summer Symposium. Over 150 gifted parents and VBCPS staff members attended the symposium. Dr. Matt Zakreski, the keynote speaker, offered a great session on “Now They’re All Going to Find Out That I’m a Fraud: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome.” There were also six sessions offered specifically for parents of the gifted, and twelve sessions offered for VBCPS staff on topics ranging from specific gifted pedagogy such as Paul’s Reasoning Model and Kaplan’s Depth and Complexity Thinking Prompts to work using Problem Based Learning and critical thinking. We appreciate all of work of the gifted resource teachers and staff who led sessions.

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Office of Gifted Programs Leadership Team

Dr. Nicole DeVries, Director - K-12 & Gifted Programs
Dr. Dornswalo Wilkins-McCorey, Coordinator, Gifted Programs
Angela Boubouheropoulos, Coordinator, Gifted Programs
Meghann Scott, Instructional Specialist, Gifted Programs
Davida Lawrence-Griffin, Executive Office Associate, Gifted Programs