Gifted Advisory Committee

General Information

The Gifted Advisory Committee is composed of eleven voting members, parents and community members representing each school, who are appointed for rotating four-year terms. Ex-officio members include the gifted program coordinator, the full-time teachers of the gifted, a secondary gifted student, and a representative from each school's faculty who is involved in the education of the gifted.

The purpose of the Gifted Advisory Committee is to coordinate school and community support in developing and promoting gifted education. Specific objectives include the following:

  • To promote the growth and development of gifted programs in Colonial Heights
  • To advise the division of unmet needs in the education of gifted children
  • To assist the division in formulating long-range plans for the promotion of gifted services
  • To submit periodic reports and recommendations regarding the education of gifted children to the Colonial Heights School Board
  • To assist in communicating plans for meeting gifted children's needs to the larger community
  • To serve as a support group for various activities that will enhance the gifted program
  • To review annually the local plan for gifted education and the extent to which the plan of the previous year was implemented
  • To review annually the activities and accomplishments in addressing the committee's purpose stated purpose.

The Gifted Advisory Committee meets a minimum of four times per year. All interested persons are invited to attend and to apply for membership on the Committee. For more information, please contact Joe Douglas, Coordinator of the Gifted Programs, at 804-524-3405 x 4138


Gifted Advisory Meeting Dates for 2023-2024

October 17 - High School Focus Night

April 25 - Middle School Focus Night

May 6 - Elementary Focus Night

Other dates TBD as needed

Unless indicated otherwise, meetings start at 6:00 PM and are held in person.


Current Committee Members

Mike Nelson, CHHS Principal

Stacy Ackerman, TES Parent Secretary

Beth Christy, CHMS Teacher Chair

Christy Archileti, CHMS Parent

Amber Underhill, CHHS Parent & CHMS School Counselor Vice Chair

Kelechi Gabriel, TES Parent

Jamie Young, CHMS Parent

James Zatowski, NES Parent

Shelby Leavell, LES Parent

Christopher Martin, CHMS Parent & Teacher

Jennifer Burt, LES Parent

Members of the Gifted Advisory Committee are elected to serve a three-year term. Colonial Heights Policy prohibits members from serving more than two consecutive three-year terms.

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