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The GT Center team is uniquely qualified to meet the social and emotional needs of gifted learners. All core classes are taught by CDE GT-endorsed teachers, most of whom also have a Master’s degree in their field. The GT Center program also offers unique opportunities for students to explore their passions in hands-on electives that are taught by experienced, engaging teachers. GT teachers and students are supported by a full-time counselor who specializes in working with gifted learners, a Social Emotional Learning Specialist, and the GT Resource Teacher

In 7th and 8th grade, students stay with the same teacher for 2 years, allowing teachers to get to know their students both on an academic and personal level. Looping also helps build strong teacher/student/parent relationships.

Meet The GT Center Teachers

 image of Shaunna Abling, 7/8 social studies teacher in the Creightion M.S. GT program  Chris Bleau, 6th Math teacher at Creighton M.S. GT program, holding a fish  image of Jenny Boehlke, 7/8 science teacher at the Creighton M.S. GT program
 Shaunna Abling - Social Studies 7/8
B.A. in Social Studies Education
M.A. in English Language Arts
M.A. in Gifted Education Core
GT Endorsement
She has been teaching for 13 years and has been in Jeffco for 10.
Chris Bleau - Math 6
B.F.A. in Film/Video Production
M.A. in Education & Human Development
GT Endorsement
This is his 10th year teaching, 5th year teaching  GT, and his 3rd year in Jeffco. 
 Jenny Boehlke - Science 7/8
B.S. in Environmental Science with a Secondary Teaching Emphasis
M.A. in Science Curriculum and Instruction
GT Endorsement
This is her 12th year teaching and her 4th year at Creighton.

 GT teacher Colby Hansen is abysmal at selfies... this ain't Tinder, dude  photo of Erin Brauer, a 7/8 language arts teacher at the Creighton M.S. GT program  Brady Yarletts, a 7/8 GT Math teacher at Creighton M.S.
Colby Hansen - Language Arts and Social Studies 6
B.A. in English
M.A. in Education
GT Endorsement
He has taught for 19 years in Jeffco and has been at Creighton for 3 years.
Erin Brauer - Language Arts 7/8 
B.A. in English and Communications (Honors Program)
M.A. in Teaching
She has been teaching for 11 years. This will be her 5th year in Jeffco. 
 Brady Yarletts - Math 7/8
B.S. in Secondary Education in Math/Science
GT Endorsement.
He has been teaching in Jeffco for 10, both at Creighton and Jefferson Virtual Academy.

Meet The GT Counselor and GT Resource Teacher

 Laurie Perea GT counselor and SEL specialist at CMS  
 Laurie Perea - GT Counselor for Social Emotional Learning
B.F.A. in Fine Arts
M.A. in Art Therapy
M.A. in School Counseling
Certified in Gifted Education
She has worked in Jeffco for 18 years, including at the elementary and middle school level.
 Marla Caviness-French - GT Resource Teacher
B.A. in History
M.A. in Educational Administration
M.A. in Information Learning Technologies - Library
Educational Endorsements: History, English, K-12 Teacher Librarian, Gifted Education
She has been in education for 29 years. This is her 16th year in Jeffco.

Meet The Elective Teachers

 Theresa Jacobsen, CMS FACS teacher  Julie Goldanloo  Stephanie Heinz, Spanish teacher at CMS
Theresa Jacobson  - Family & Consumer Science
B.S. in Biology, Chemistry Minor
M.A. in Administration and Supervision
Licensed to teach Secondary Science and FACS, CTE Provisional License, Principal License
This is her 21st year of teaching; she previously taught H.S. science for 13 years, spend 3 years as an assistant principal, and is on her 5th year teaching FACS.

Julie Goldanloo - Computer Information Technology
B.S. in Business Finance and Accounting
B.A. in Communications/Public Relations
M.A. in Business Administration Certificates: Alternative Teacher Educator, Linguistically Diverse Education, CS Fundamentals and CS Discoveries Education. CTE
She has taught in Jeffco for 17 year and has been at Creighton for the last 9. 
Stephanie Heinz - Spanish
Degree in International Relations with an emphasis in Latin America and Spanish
M.A. in the Art of Teaching
K-12 Certification for Spanish
This is her 4th year at Jeffco and her 12th year teaching.









 Terry Muilenburg, PE teacher at CMS  Kristi Vaninger, PE teacher at CMS  Kevin Larsen
Terry Muilenburg - Physical Education

B.A. in Science
He has been teaching in Jeffco for 27 years.
Kristi Vaninger - Physical Education
B.A. in Exercise and Sports Science, with a double minor in Psychology and Sports Psychology
This is her 3rd year teaching at Creighton.
Kevin Larsen - Band 
B.A. in Music Education
M.A. in Music Education with an Emphasis in Conducting and Musical Education.
This is his 14th year teaching and his  6th year in Jeffco.


 


 Sam Stapleton, STEM teacher at CMS  Phillip Runyan, art teacher at CMS  Jonathan West
Sam Stapleton - STEM
B.S. in Environmental Biology
M.A. in the Art of Teaching
He has been teaching for 6 years and has been at Creighton for 4 years.
Philip Runyan - Art
Art Education K-12
This is his 6th year teaching.

 Jonathan West - Orchestra
B.A. in Music Education
He has been teaching in Jeffco for 2 years.



 Maurine Moody Tech ed teacher at CMS
Maurine Moody - Technology Education
B.S. in Technical Illustration-Commercial Design
B.A. in Arts Education
CTE Endorsement
This is her 21st year of teaching and her 14th year at Creighton.

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