Gifted Education

San Luis Valley Board of Cooperative Services (SLV BOCES) defines gifted students as persons between the ages of five and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so outstanding that they require special provisions to meet their educational needs.  Outstanding talents are present in students from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in diverse areas of human endeavor.  Children under five who qualify may also be served.  Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas:

  • general intellectual ability
  • specific academic aptitude
  • creative, productive thinking
  • leadership abilities
  • visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities

SLV BOCES strives for representation of gifted and talented students from all groups in the local population.  The districts consider the impact of poverty, ethnic/cultural diversity, multiple exceptionalities, rural demographics, and gender in the identification process. 

Each district in the San Luis Valley offers gifted programming for identified gifted students and talent pool students. Please contact the Gifted District Coordinator(s) to find out more information.



District District Gifted Coordinator(s) E-mail address

District Level: Luis Murillo

Alamosa K-2: Roxi Vigil Pacheco-Ogle & Omar Gonzalez

Alamosa 3-5: Shauna Rothermich

Ortega MS: Amy Ortega & Tate Smith

Hector Garcia

Alamosa HS: Drew Cleveland

Centennial Kimba Rael

LJ Garcia

Michelle Hammel

Creede Teresa Wall
Upper Rio Grande Amy Trujillo

Alex Moore – Moffat SD

Aaron Gottfried- CSS

Monte Vista Julia Lumsargis
Mountain Valley TBD
North Conejos Susan Hamilton
Sanford Sarah Culler & Mandy Mortensen

Sangre de Cristo Emily Windhorst

Sargent ES

Sargent JR

Sargent HS


ES – Danielle Price


Deanna Floriani

Shelly David

Sierra Grande Eileen Gonzalez
South Conejos Madison Mansheim

Competitions & Scholarships

Check out the scholarships provided by CAGT Foundation for students and teachers

Scholarships from Jack Kent Cooke

Creative Explorations

Creative Exploration Information:

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