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 Bldg 2768 Compass Dr., Ste 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

Krisi Gustad Appleton Elementary School
Sean Gregersen Broadway Elementary School
Amy Black Chatfield Elementary Schools
Lance Powell Chipeta Elementary School
Regina Black Clifton Elementary School
Lance Powell Dos Rios Elementary School
Gisela Ferguson Dual Immersion Academy (DIA)
Jennifer Dennison Fruitvale Elementary School
Mitch Hamilton Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary School
Tawnya Bangert Loma Elementary School
Amber Gregersen Mesa View Elementary School
Meredith Thornhill Monument Ridge Elementary School
Christena Nelson New Emerson School
Regina Black Nisley Elementary School
Shawn Carstensen-Hays 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
Christena Nelson Scenic Elementary School
Kristi Beale Shelledy Elementary School
Kacey Daugherty Taylor Elementary School
Sean Gregersen Thunder Mountain Elementary School
Rochelle Morrison Tope Elementary School
Susan Dailey Wingate Elementary School


Stacy Feather Bookcliff Middle School
Tina Sleigh Challenge Program @ OMMS
JG Bonner Fruita Middle School
Demetra Delaat
Grand Mesa Middle School
Demetra Delaat Mount Garfield Middle School
DebbieBeth Hoffman Orchard Mesa Middle School
Veronica Daehn Harvey
Redlands Middle School
DebbieBeth Hoffman West Middle School

Lissy Blanchette Central High School
Kerri Spore & Stacey Pottoroff Fruita 8/9 School
               Jenny Wolf Fruita Monument High School
Nicole Hillegas Grand Junction High School
 Kelsie Steves Palisade High School   

Justo Headlee

R-5 High School

Veronica Daehn Harvey Grand River Academy
Katie Brown Independence Academy
Tiffany Braafladtbale
Mesa Valley Community School