Office of Student Advancement (Gifted Services)

Our Mission Statement:

"Creating an environment in which the full potential of the gifted and talented learner is recognized, encouraged and nurtured"

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) defines Gifted Individuals as “those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10% or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports). The mission of the Rochester Public Schools Gifted Services department is to create an environment in which the full potential of the gifted and talented learner is recognized, encouraged, and nurtured. 


The Office of Student Advancement (Gifted Services) Department has a Gifted Specialist in all buildings to support students through direct instruction, differentiation support for teachers, and the administration of grade and subject acceleration. Our objective is to support students, families, and teachers. Please do not hesitate to contact any member of our team. 

Monica Bowler
Principal on Special Assignment

Sheila Rainey
Gifted Services Secretary


Colleen Sallee
Bamber Valley

Laura Heuton
Folwell, Churchill | Hoover

Kim Reid
Washington, Riverside

Brian Lynch

Carrie Johnson
Franklin, Montessori at Franklin, Pinewood   

Vandi King
Longfellow, Lincoln

Jackie Tilburt
Elton Hills, Jefferson

Lydia Larson
Gage, Bishop 

Jessica Tewalt
Sunset Terrace, Bamber Valley


Middle School 

Daniel Mansfield

Joanne Michet
Denise Cooksey-Seabarkrob
John Adams, Willow Creek

Vandi King

High School

Cynthia Heim

Denise Cobb
John Marshall     
Chris Smith



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