Elementary Gifted Education Services (GATES)

  • Elementary Gifted Education Services (GATES)

    Objectives of the Elementary Gifted and Talented Education Services (GATES) Program are:

    1. Empowering students to challenge themselves academically
    2. Developing skills in logic and creative thinking
    3. Nurturing student self-expression and development of talent

    GATES provides opportunities for children in grades K-4 to grow and be challenged through:

    • differentiated learning in the classroom
    • independent studies (if applicable)
    • grade and subject acceleration (if qualified)
    • extracurricular activities
    • small group instruction

    GATES staff members provide curriculum resources for students and teachers, along with support for parents of students in the program.

    About GATES staff
    Dayna Teske holds a BS in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Math/Computers and an endorsement in K-8 Mathematics from Iowa State University. She came to Westonka after teaching in California, Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa, where she had accumulated 23 years of experience as an elementary classroom teacher. Mrs. Teske directs the GATES program at Shirley Hills Primary School.

    Therese Frenette holds an MA in education, with an emphasis in gifted education. She has also earned a certificate in gifted education from Hamline University. She came to Westonka from the Minneapolis Public Schools, where she had 20 years of experience as an elementary classroom teacher and also served as a building coordinator for gifted education. Ms. Frenette directs the GATES program at Hilltop Primary School.

    Both Teske and Frenette also coordinate numerous academic extra-curricular opportunities and activities. They love working with gifted and talented students, as well as students who participate in enrichment activities. They nurture students' excitement about learning throughout each day, and enjoy helping students develop a lifelong love of learning.