• Elementary

    In kindergarten and first grade, identified GT students are served through the regular classroom where each teacher is trained in the initial 30 hours of GT training, along with six-hour annual updates. PACE (Plan of Action for Curriculum Enrichment) teachers, teachers who are trained to work specifically with gifted students, also schedule pull-out lessons with these students as well as working with the students in their general classrooms as time allows.

    All identified 2nd-5th graders are served through a two-hour per week pull-out program called PACE. PACE enrichment curriculum at this level is designed to allow for in-depth exploration of topics and issues that require high-level thinking. The purpose of enrichment is to provide extended learning opportunities and challenges to students who have already mastered or can quickly master the basic curriculum.

    In elementary, the GT students are clustered in groups of 5-10 in the classrooms. This gives the GT students opportunities during the week to work with other GT students in a flexible setting. Teachers use formative assessments to make decisions about grouping in their classrooms to best address the learning needs.

    Identified gifted and talented elementary students are served through our Plan of Action for Curriculum Enrichment (PACE) program. Please click here for more information about PACE (PACE Handbook 2017-2018). There are a total of seven PACE teachers who are assigned to work with our elementary gifted and talented students. Their names and campus assignments are listed below. To learn more about each PACE teacher, please click the name to visit the teacher's website.


    Campus Assignment(s)

    Debbie Ruiz

    Elkins and Willow Creek

    Shelly Couch

    Bryson, Eagle Mountain, and Saginaw

    Shelly Dreiling

    Lake Pointe and Northbrook 

    Meg Farley

    Comanche Springs and Gililland 

    Stacey Herring

    Greenfield and Remington Point 

    Laura Musgrove

    High Country and Chisholm Ridge 

    Lauren Polasek

    Parkview and Dozier



    In Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD, secondary GT students are served through Pre-AP and AP classes. As per the Texas State Plan for the Gifted and Talented, our GT students have regular opportunities to work with their like-ability peers and have differentiated instruction to increase the depth and complexity of the curriculum within the Pre-AP and AP classes. We accomplish this through clustering (defined as 5 or more GT students in a class). This strategy allows our students to benefit from both heterogeneous and homogeneous grouping methods. GT cluster classes are not exclusively for GT students and are not comprised of all GT students. Teachers assigned to GT cluster classes have GT training including the 30 hour initial GT training, six-hour annual GT training updates, as well as district training opportunities with other GT teachers.  

    Although EMS ISD identifies general academic giftedness, students (just like adults) have particular areas of strengths and interests. As students move into middle school and high school, it is important to realize that this is the appropriate time to specialize in specific courses and hone strengths. Our goal is to help our students explore learning opportunities in a variety of subjects and experiences as they journey through Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.