Spotlight on the Gifted Experience

Welcome Back!

As the 2021-2022 school year begins, the VBCPS Office of Gifted Programs Leadership Team remains fully committed to supporting our outstanding community of gifted resource teachers as they dedicate their efforts to meeting the needs of all gifted learners. We are excited about all of the wonderful opportunities that await!

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 summer highlights about gifted education in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. We appreciate your ongoing support!

Let's Hear It for Our New Staff Members!

The Office of Gifted Programs Leadership Team wishes to extend a warm welcome to our newest gifted resource teachers:

Claudia Wetmore (Arrowhead ES)
April Paras (Centerville ES)
Tanya Ramirez (White Oaks ES)
Denah Sealey (Lynnhaven ES)
Carolyn Turner (Ocean Lakes ES)
Charlene Widel (Pembroke Meadows ES)
Cynthia Housianitis-Johnston (Red Mill ES)

Jill Belch (Shelton Park ES)
Courtney Munro (Windsor Woods ES)
Kristin Pender (Holland ES)
Jamie Odle (Brandon MS)
Brian Allen (Great Neck MS)
Anna Allen (Salem MS)

Jumping Into the Role of the Gifted Resource Teacher Professional Learning-August 4 & 5, 2021

Jumping Into the Role of the Gifted Resource Teacher Professional Learning-August 4 & 5, 2021

New GRTs participate in an inclusive opening activity.

New GRTs participate in an inclusive opening activity.

New GRTs participate in various icebreakers during the Jumping Into the Role professional learning sessions.

New GRTs participate in various icebreakers during the Jumping Into the Role professional learning sessions.

Virtual Gifted Summer Symposium

Virtual Gifted Symposium FlyerOn August 10, 2021, the VBCPS Office of Gifted Programs hosted an exciting Virtual Gifted Summer Symposium for parents of gifted children, gifted cluster teachers, gifted resource teachers, VBCPS administrators and staff intended to provide a variety of ideas, strategies, and approaches for how to best support gifted students, families, and educators! Symposium sessions were offered to parents, teachers, administrators, and school counselors covering a multitude of topics intended to support gifted learners’ academic and social-emotional development. A total of 385 guests participated in the symposium, including 200 parents. Dr. Karen Rambo-Hernandez, Texas A&M University, provided the keynote session on the importance of personalizing learning for gifted students in order to maximize their full potential in the classroom and beyond.

Gifted Community Advisory Committee News

The Office of Gifted Programs is excited to launch our 2021-2022 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.

2021 Summer Professional Learning

The Gifted Leadership Team attended and presented professional learning sessions during numerous professional conferences over the summer! In July, team members attended the first ever, virtual CONFRATUTE conference sponsored by the University of Connecticut. Faculty members from the Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education and Talent Development presented a variety of sessions on approaches for impacting the academic and social-emotional experiences of gifted learners. Likewise, the Gifted Leadership Team also attended the virtual Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) annual conference and the World Gifted Conference whose theme was, Developing the Future of Gifted Education.


Logo: Office of Gifted Programs

Office of Gifted Programs Leadership Team

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