• The Elementary Gifted and Talented referral window for assessment this academic year is now closed. No referrals are accepted for this year's assessment roster after 3:00 pm on November 30, 2018.

    Information shared at the recent GT Parent Information nights regarding the GISD Gifted and Talented program and identification process can be found here.

    There is a four-image cluster showing G/T students teaching others how to code using Ozobots and Dash robots

    GEORGETOWN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT'S GIFTED/TALENTED PROGRAM GUIDELINES

    Click here to view and download a copy of the GISD G/T Program Guidelines Handbook. Included in the handbook are details regarding processes, procedures, forms, and curriculum overviews for students in kindergarten through fifth grades.

    GEORGETOWN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT'S DEFINITION OF GIFTED

    Georgetown ISD defines gifted and talented as any child or youth in grades K­-12 who performs at, or shows the potential for performing at, a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who (1) exhibits high performance capability in general intellectual ability; or (2) excels in one or more specific academic fields: math, science, language arts, and/or social studies.

    STATE GOAL FOR SERVICES FOR GIFTED STUDENTS

    Students who participate in services designed for gifted students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products and performances that are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment and reflect individuality and creativity. High school graduates who have participated in services for gifted students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services. -Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students

    PROGRAM GOALS FOR GIFTED/TALENTED SERVICES K-12

    1. IDENTIFICATION - Identify students in grades K-12 who demonstrated an academic need for gifted services using the criteria established by the district, approved by the board, and in compliance with the state mandates.
    2. SELF-DIRECTED LEARNERS - Develop the students' capacities to become self-directed and to be confident in their ability to research and process information and to create and communicate their findings as they produce and present advanced-Ievel products or performances as well as products and performances of professional quality at the high school exit level.
    3. COMPLEX THINKING SKILLS - Enhance and refine the abstract and complex thinking and reasoning of these students through more sophisticated creative and critical thinking activities as they reflect and refine their own thinking processes.
    4. APPROPRIATE INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES - Provide students with multiple opportunities to participate in learning experiences using advanced content (within the four core areas) which are defensibly differentiated in depth, complexity and range through modification to content and/or process and/or product. Students will be able to work independently, with groups of other gifted students, and with groups of non­-gifted peers.

  • Elementary School Services

    In grades K-5, identified G/T students are served in the general education classroom through differentiation. Additionally, through an enrichment period with G/T teachers, G/T students participate in a variety of Texas Performance Standards Projects, coding and robotics projects, and academic challenges such as the Math Challenge.

    Middle School and High School Services

    In grades 6-8, all students have access to pre-AP courses, and in grades 9-12, all students have access to AP and Dual Credit courses.

    Enrichment for All

    Students at all levels may participate in a variety of University Interscholastic League (UIL) academics competitions, the International SeaPerch Challenge underwater robotics program, and Destination Imagination innovation and problem solving challenges.

    G/T Frequently Asked Questions & Answers



  • Elementary G/T Specialists

 Carver Elementary G/T, Susan Long

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Carver Elementary G/T, Susan Long

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Geography from The University of Texas and a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University.  I have been teaching in GISD for 16 years, as a classroom teacher, math interventionist, campus administrator and now sharing the joy in facilitating the growth of gifted learners. I have raised my three daughters in the lovely city of Georgetown and can now call this home. My life's dedication has been to help each student I work with achieve their goals and find their personal power along the way. Website

 Cooper Elementary G/T, Rebecca Massey

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Cooper Elementary G/T, Rebecca Massey

This is my 30th year teaching elementary school. I graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science in Educational Curriculum and Instruction in 1987. I have been happily married to my husband, Allen, for 30 years.  We enjoy being empty nesters and love to do things with our friends.  We have two children. Andrew, our son, is happily married to our beautiful daughter in law, Jennifer.  They live in Ft. Worth where Andrew works for a home builder and Jenn is a physical therapist.  Our daughter, Meredith, is a senior elementary education student at Texas A&M University in College Station. She is currently doing her student teaching in first grade!  We love that she has chosen to become a teacher as her career.  We love our Fightin’ Texas Aggies and enjoy attending any and all Aggie sporting events! Website

 Ford Elementary G/T, Amy Supak

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Ford Elementary G/T, Amy Supak

I received my Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University in San Antonio. This is my 14th year in GISD as a G/T specialist. Prior to coming to GISD, I taught two years in Austin ISD (G/T second grade) and four years in Pflugerville ISD (G/T second and fifth grades). I am a member of the Texas Association for Gifted/Talented and endorsed in Gifted/Talented by TEA. I love working with gifted students! Website

 Frost Elementary G/T, Angie Jones

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Frost Elementary G/T, Angie Jones

I received my Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M in 1998. I have been an employee of GISD since 2000.  Website

 McCoy Elementary G/T Teacher, Tina Bertucci

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McCoy Elementary G/T Teacher, Tina Bertucci

I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1979.  I have taught in Austin and also in Georgetown with a combined total of 20 years of experience.  I have taught sixth grade, fifth grade, third grade and second grade.  I love to learn and love working with children.  It gives me such a thrill to see them each day and I am blessed to work in such a wonderful environment. I have a wonderful husband of 36 years, three children, and eight grandchildren.  I love to garden and am a certified Master Gardener.  I also love swimming, sailing and horseback riding.  I am a licensed real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty, take piano lessons and own Giardino Bertucci, a new venue in the Georgetown area. Website

 Mitchell Elementary G/T Teacher, Melissa Macaluso

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Mitchell Elementary G/T Teacher, Melissa Macaluso

I received my undergraduate degree in Economics, Policy Studies and Managerial Studies from Rice University, and I received my Master’s Degree in Gifted and Talented Education from Southwest Texas State University. I have been teaching in Georgetown ISD for 10 years, and I taught in Hutto ISD for 7 years prior to coming to Georgetown. Website

 Pickett Elementary G/T Teacher, Cara Zinsmeyer

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Pickett Elementary G/T Teacher, Cara Zinsmeyer

I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. GO HORNS!   I came to GISD in 2012 from Austin where I taught 4th grade for three years.  This will be my sixth year in GISD and my third year at Pickett. Five years ago, I married my best friend. We live in the Pflugerville area and have a beautiful little two year-old girl, Riley, and a six month-old little boy, Ryker.  My parents live in the Corpus Christi area, and I love to go visit them on holidays and weekends.  I have one older sister who also lives in the Corpus area with her husband, and they have two daughters and a little boy.  I enjoy spending my time outdoors as much as possible.  I love going to the beach during the summer and going snowboarding during the winter months. Website

 Purl Elementary G/T Teacher, Jeanna Jones

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Purl Elementary G/T Teacher, Jeanna Jones

I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Education, and I studied Piano Performance/Jazz at the University of Texas in Brownsville. Before coming to Georgetown ISD, I taught in Joshua ISD and Crowley ISD. My wonderful husband and I will celebrate 25 years of marriage this school year. Our son, Nathan, is a sophomore at Baylor University and our daughter, Shelby, is a junior at Georgetown High School.  We love living in Georgetown! Website

 Village Elementary G/T Teacher, Crystal Decker

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Village Elementary G/T Teacher, Crystal Decker

I grew up just down the road in Pflugerville and went to college in San Marcos at Texas State University. Go Bobcats! This will mark the beginning of my 10th year in teaching. My 6th grade son and I live in Round Rock and love coming to school in Georgetown.  We keep pretty busy playing sports nearly year round. Even with baseball, football, and basketball, we still manage to spend quite a bit of time with family and friends on the weekends. Website