Gifted and Talented Teachers for Elementary School

Connections Academy’s gifted and talented instructional team is made up of certified teachers, many with advanced degrees. These dedicated instructors receive specific training in working with gifted and talented students, as well as ongoing professional development to enhance their skills and techniques in the virtual classroom environment. Teachers regularly collaborate and exchange ideas with their colleagues to develop best practices for keeping gifted and talented elementary school students interested and helping them succeed academically, such as:

  • Accelerating or compacting lessons
  • Extending or enriching curriculum content
  • Increasing complexity
  • Encouraging discussion and higher-level thinking
  • Providing variety and choices of activities
  • Adapting plans to varied learning styles
  • Incorporating student interests

A Personal Connection

These dedicated educators know how to motivate and challenge exceptional elementary school students—even those who have been underachieving. Perhaps most important, they understand that while gifted students are cognitively advanced, they may also have unique emotional and social needs that differ from peers of the same age. Whether online, by phone, or in a real-time LiveLesson ® session, teachers establish caring relationships with students and provide the skillful instruction, one-on-one attention, and encouragement kids need to succeed.

Teachers Say…

I have always enjoyed working with kids. I love that I am able to get to know my students’ families so well through phone calls, WebMail, and LiveLesson® sessions at ORCA. I get to know Learning Coaches as well as families, and I am able to see students progress throughout the years.
Courtney Whittington

Gifted and Talented Teacher