I am a passionate advocate for gifted students and students with learning challenges. I stumbled into teaching gifted students after attending Western State College to earn my degree in Secondary English Education and earning a Generalist endorsement in Special Education. I was pretty sure I would teach in a special education classroom after graduation; however, I began my career at a Gifted and Talented middle school in 2005. I knew right away that working with gifted students was where I needed to be. I taught middle school literacy for 4 years, then moved to 4th grade, and became a Teacher Leader for my school. I then had the opportunity to become the Special Education teacher for the Gifted and Talented K-8 magnet school. This is where I would find my niche. I am so passionate about Twice-Exceptional students and supporting them to be successful in the classroom and beyond. I am now the MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) Coordinator, 504 Coordinator, and ELA Teacher Leader. Somewhere along the way I added an Elementary Education endorsement, attended Regis University to complete my ELA endorsement, and added a GT endorsement after working with gifted students for 12 years. I love working with teachers, parents, and students to implement academic and behavior interventions for students to be successful. I am now a facilitator for the Twice-Exceptional Cadre at the Colorado Department of Education and love building capacity in schools and districts across the state to support these unique learners.