Talented and Gifted students at Columbine Elementary School know how lucky they are to have Michelle Dubois as their teacher.
Now, the whole state knows, since Michelle Dubois, Columbine Elementary School’s teacher in the Talented and Gifted (TAG) program, was named the 2014 Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented (CAGT).
“Michelle is an outstanding educator, a tireless learner, reflective about her practice, and a respected teacher leader at Columbine, particularly in the area related to identifying and providing TAG services for our diverse learners,” said Guillermo Medina, Principal of Boulder’s Columbine Elementary.
Dubois was hired as a TAG teacher at Columbine in 2006, when only seven students had been identified as talented and gifted. At that time, 83 percent of Columbine’s students were on free and reduced lunch, and 77 percent were English-language learners.
Today, Columbine has 40 identified TAG students—an increase in the number of students, and the identified students more closely mirror the demographics of Columbine students.
CAGT noted that Ms. Dubois’s “leadership has been essential in identifying and serving gifted students from diverse populations, especially those who are Hispanic, low-income and who are learning English… She looks to find hidden talent and develop that to its full potential.”
Dubois has also recently been selected for induction into the Colorado Academy of Educators of the Gifted, Talented and Creative (CAEGTC), an honor society of exemplary leaders in gifted education in Colorado and beyond.
Columbine Also Home to Colorado’s 2014 Top Administrator
Dubois’ award marks the second top honor Columbine received in 2014. Columbine’s principal, Guillermo Medina, was awarded the School Leader/Administrator of the Year for 2014 by the Colorado Association for Bilingual Educators (CABE).
TAG at Columbine
Columbine Elementary offers academic and social-emotional programming for talented and gifted students. Academic programming includes:
- Differentiated Instruction
- Flexible Grouping
- Subject Acceleration
- Grade Acceleration
- Advanced 3rd-5th Grade Math Groups
- Curriculum Compacting
Social-emotional programming for talented and gifted students and their families include:
- Social/Emotional Counseling
- Peer/Friendship Groups
- SENG- Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted
- BVGT- Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented– monthly presentations during school year
- SENGinars on topics such as The Gifted Child: Superachiever or Underachiever, Understanding Overexcitabilities, Asynchronous Development, and Giftedness and Learning Disabilities
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Group photo courtesy Boulder Valley School District