Gifted (AIG) Services at Carrboro Elementary

Our mission is to promote habits of mind that grow creative problem solvers, passionate leaders, and lifetime learners - Growing Greatness. 
Gifted Education Specialist:

 919-968-3652  ext. 35286


*My office located in room 230, which is right off the main hallway and front office area.

*Decisions regarding gifted identification will be sent home to families on Friday, May 4, 2018.  Please be on the lookout for this information in your child's Friday Folder.

*Attached is a presentation that provides an overview of gifted services in CHCCS.  This general presentation addresses the new gifted plan for 2016-19 as well as touches on services in all grades K-8.  See Mrs. Hutchens with questions about the presentation.

Meet Mrs. Hutchens!

I was born and raised in North Carolina and attended UNC-Greensboro and Elon Universities for my educational degrees.   I spent nine years working in Chatham County both in the classroom and as an AIG teacher.  I'm happy to be starting my fifth year here at Carrboro.  I live in Graham with my husband, two sons, and dog.  We love being outside, traveling to the beach, and watching sports.  

Role of the Gifted Education Specialist: Gifted Education Specialists or GESs split time between the roles of teacher, coach, and test administrator.  We work directly and indirectly with students to extend, enrich, and accelerate curriculum.  We work with teachers to convey the characteristics of gifted learners, to analyze data, and to then plan learning activities that challenge and extend.  We also work as test administrators to identify these gifted learners through the use of both qualitative and quantitative measures.

Office Hours: 7:30-8:00, 2:30-3:00, and by appointment.  Please email, call, or send a note if you'd like to schedule an appointment. 
What's New?!?

*This year we are continuing our thinking skills program in grades K-3.  The program is titled, Primary Education Thinking Skills or PETS.  The goal of the program is to nurture and stretch thinking in all primary students. I will begin working with the K-3 classes in late September/early October.  Here's a link to some videos that describe the PETS.

*In grades 3-5, we will continue to implement several differentiation strategies.  We will focus on extensions in not only math this year but also in reading, science, and social studies.  We will also continue our Socratic Seminars and put a renewed effort into differentiating small reading groups.

YouTube Video: Socratic Seminar-4th Grade