Gifted & Talented Advisory Council

GATE Advocates and Liaisons

The Gifted and Talented Advisory Council (GTAC) reviews and advocates for GATE Services. The GATE lead teachers from each building, along with a parent representative from each school, comprise the council. The purpose of GTAC is to:

  • Review and learn about gifted and talented program options
  • Provide feedback on program ideas and implementation
  • Advocate for gifted programming in the schools and community
  • Serve as a liaison and information resource to their school's parent or school organizations
  • More information

For the 2018-19 school year, the council will meets from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on the following dates and are open to the public:

  • September 27, 2018 (Fairview EDC Great Room)
  • December 6, 2018 (Fairview Room 108)
  • March 21, 2019 (Fairview Room 108)

Gifted and Talented Advisory Council (GTAC) Members

Parent Representatives
Sarah Caflisch , Brimhall
Jess Fieldseth, Central Park
Erinn Letts, Edgerton
Karen Schaffhausen, Emmet D. Williams
Jenny Terrell, Emmet D. Williams
Alicia Sandy, Falcon Heights
Laura Paynter, Falcon Heights
Jodi Ruis, Harambee
Elizabeth Aslesen, Little Canada
Christiane Bartels, Parkview
Valentine Tumukunde Gasongo, RAMS
Marc Thompson, RAHS

RAS Student Representatives
Two Open Positions

Council Chair
Trina Hira, GATE Program Coordinator

GATE Lead Teacher Representatives
Sheila McCormick, Brimhall
Anders Johnson, Central Park
Mike Schroeder, Edgerton
Cameron Radke, E.D. Williams
Ann Lundy, Falcon Heights
Jessica Morgan, Harambee
Krysta Doughty, Little Canada
Nan Taylor, Parkview
Ursala Pankonin, RAMS

RAS Administrative Representative
Brian Koland

School Board Representative
Mike Boguszewski