Welcome to the Gifted Program

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Hello! My name is Nicole Boissière, and I’m the Gifted Education Teacher (grades K-5) at John Jenkins Elementary and Kerrydale Elementary. I am so excited to begin my twenty-third year of teaching and my twelfth year as a gifted education teacher! Before becoming a gifted education teacher, I taught fourth and fifth grade in Prince William County, and I have also taught third grade in Fairfax County.

I am a product of Prince William County Public Schools (Dale City Elementary, Godwin, now Hampton Middle School, and Gar-Field High School. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of Virginia (Go Wahoos!), a Master of Science in Elementary Education from Old Dominion University, licensure in gifted education from the University of Virginia, and I’m a National Board-Certified Teacher (Middle Childhood Generalist). I absolutely love teaching, learning, traveling, and spending time with my husband and daughter. I look forward to meeting and working with all of my students and families this year!


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The START (Strategies for Teaching and Reaching for Talent) program offers gifted education services for identified students in kindergarten through third grade. Students are identified based on specific academic aptitude in the areas of language and/or mathematics. Because of their advanced academic abilities, gifted students need acceleration and enrichment, as well as opportunities for creative and critical thinking. The START goals are to challenge students to develop their skills in thinking critically, creatively, and reflectively.  Students are offered a variety of educational opportunities that extend and enrich the county curriculum and support the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs).
 
The SIGNET (Students Involved in Gifted Needs in Education Today) program offers gifted education services for identified students in fourth and fifth grades. Students are identified based on specific academic aptitude in the areas of language and/or mathematics. Because of their advanced academic abilities, gifted students need acceleration and enrichment, as well as opportunities for creative and critical thinking.  The SIGNET goals are to challenge students to develop their skills in thinking critically, creatively, and reflectively.  Students are offered a variety of educational opportunities that extend and enrich the county curriculum, support the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs), and encourage the exploration of areas of interest.