Gifted (AIG) services at Carrboro Elementary

Gifted Education Specialist:

 919-968-3652  ext. 35286


*My office located in room 227, which is right off the main hallway and front office area.

*Link to presentation from Back to School Night for parents of identified 4th and 5th graders.  Please contact your child's teacher or Mrs. Hutchens with questions about the presentation.

*Naglieri (NNAT2) testing occurred for all 3rd grade students on October 5, 2016.  Results are expected to be back and shared in late November or early December.

*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 fourth year here at Carrboro.  I live in Graham with my husband, 4-year-old son, 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: 7:45-8:00, 2:15-3:15, 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-2 and adding 3rd grade.  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 tweak and modify the two differentiation strategies that were introduced last year.  Our focus was on math extensions and Socratic Seminars last year.  In addition, we will be adding one new strategy this year which will focus on small group/guided reading differentiation.  Teachers will receive training on this in the coming weeks and months.

YouTube Video: Socratic Seminar-4th Grade