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Valerie Erickson
Gifted and Talented Program Teacher


I am a certified GT and also K-12 Music teacher. I have taught GT for three years, and music in various capacities for seventeen years.

I am new to Columbine this year, and am excited to meet all of my new students and their parents! I also teach GT at McKinley-Thatcher Elementary, and formerly taught at Barrett before it closed down. I love teaching GT and challenging kids! My students participate in activities such as the Shakespeare Festival, the Stock Market Experience, advanced math, advanced reading (novel studies and literary analysis) and writing, languages, independent projects, Destination Imagination, creative expression and engineering projects, video creating, etc. I also service affective needs of kids, surrounding what they experience as GT students. I have a beautiful 6 month old baby girl, Harmony. I play flute and piccolo in the Colorado Wind Ensemble, and principal oboe in the Thornton Community Band, and love spending time with family and friends when I'm not teaching.