Gifted & Talented

RMCA's Definition of a Gifted Student/Child.  A student/child between 4 and 21 whose aptitude or competence in abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment in one or more domains are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet educational programming needs.  Gifted students/children are hereafter referred to as gifted students.  Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services.  Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all social-economic, ethnic and cultural populations.  Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness:


  • General or specific intellectual ability
  • Specific academic aptitude
  • Creative or productive thinking
  • Leadership abilities
  • Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities 

​RMCA's Gifted Education Vision- All Gifted students will accomplish challenging post-secondary work/force goals and become productive, creative citizens capable of succeeding in their area of strength.

​RMCA's Gifted Education Mission- Ensure gifted student growth and achievement through systems of support, programming and advocacy.


RMCA's is dedicated to identifying and providing exceptional programming for gifted students. Schools throughout the district are committed to identifying those students who meet the district and state criteria of a “gifted learner.” Teachers work collaboratively with Gifted Specialists to develop Advanced Learning Plans for all our identified gifted students to ensure gifted children are challenged and experience academic growth throughout the year.

Gifted needs are addressed using a variety of instructional strategies and programming options. RMCA offers early access for highly gifted kindergarten and first grade students who do not meet the age requirements for enrollment. Elementary schools provide differentiation instruction through grouping, advanced learning opportunities, and after-school academic classes, clubs, and contests.

RMCA believes that parents are partners when it comes to meeting the needs of gifted learners. Parents and teachers work together to ensure children are not only challenged, but also valued for their unique abilities. The gifted education website is designed to provide parents of gifted learners support and resources as well as provide information on RMCA's gifted education and associated processes and procedures.


For information regarding Early Access please contact Elgin Fitzgerald at [email protected]

For more information on Gifted and Talented through D49, click here.

3Kelli Yukawa
My name is Kellilyn Yukawa but the students just call me “Mrs. Y.”. I grew up in the very small town of Pagosa Springs, Colorado and was very fortunate to get to also start my teaching career there after attending Fort Lewis College for my teaching degree.  After teaching for eight years, I took a short break and was excited to get to work for a cognitive brain training company and discover even more about how students learn.  RMCA and my love for gifted and talented students stole me away from brain training and I couldn’t be happier.  This will be my fourteenth  year in education and I love teaching gifted and talented students at RMCA!
eDebi Spencer
Hello, my name is Debi Spencer and I am very excited to be at RMCA working with the Gifted and Talented Students.  I have a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and a Masters in Education.  I have a wonderful husband and two amazing boys that I love to spend time with whether it’s camping, hiking, watching movies or just being together.  If I am not with my family, then you will probably find me at the dance studio choreographing for the dance team or teaching classes.  I have also been a professional dancer touring with Broadway musicals, dancing at Disney World and many other shows.  The one thing that I have enjoyed the most over the past 20 years, is teaching children!