South Washington County Schools

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School Contacts


Gifted Education Cluster Teacher Representatives

Elementary schools have a classroom teacher assigned to be the grade 3-5 cluster teacher representative. This staff member: 

  • Advocates for gifted students, cluster philosophy, and gifted services.
  • Receives ongoing professional development and shares information with staff and the principal.
  • Acts as an on-site G/T resource for parents, staff, and principal. 
  • Coordinates, guides, and regulates academic challenges at their school.

In addition, there are K-2 staff members who also receive professional development throughout the year with other teachers interested in learning about and advocating for young gifted children.

School Grades K-2 Grades 3-5
  Armstrong Amy Fuller Alison Marek
  Bailey Molly Pederson Linda Tebelius
  Cottage Grove Denise Downhour Jennifer Skarphol
  Crestview Kayla Keiser Reid Tschumperlin
  Gateway   Jeff Clear
  Grey Cloud Kari Lentz Sean Duncanson
  Hillside Amy Papke Michelle Harrison
  Liberty Ridge Gina Votel LeeAnn Mader
  Middleton Kelly Schmidt Sara Koehnen
  Newport Pam Fabano Kim Anderson
  Nuevas Fronteras Jennie Aguero James Maxwell
  Pine Hill Nikki Iverson Mitch Bolin
  Pullman Kim Greene Meegan Packard
  Red Rock Jodi Frovold Jodi Frovold
  Royal Oaks Kelly Luger Maribeth Swalve
  Valley Crossing Sheila Franzen  Laura Larsen 
  Woodbury Lisa Schmidt Lisa LeMay

Middle School

Gifted Education Specialist

The Gifted Coach at Woodbury Middle School is also a Gifted Education Specialist. With her extensive training in gifted education, Ms. McElrath is able to provide support to teachers and other gifted coaches. She has expertise on the unique needs of high ability and gifted students, effective learning environments, instructional strategies, and content design.

  Cottage Grove                   Susan Nicholas                                     snichola@sowashco.org
  Lake Anne Bleyl                                          ableyl@sowashco.org
  Oltman Brianne Anfinson                                     banfinso@sowashco.org
  Woodbury Eileen McElrath                                   emcelrat@sowashco.org

Gifted Coach

Each middle school has a teacher responsible for being the coach for gifted students in their school. This staff member is available to focus on students’ progress, identify key adult advocates, meet with the students periodically throughout the year and create a foundation to embed gifted education services within the context of middle school philosophy.

The amount of time this staff member has allocated for student case management varies by site as some are also classroom teachers. Middle school counselors are also available to support students and parents.