Rolling Hills Elementary GT

All About Mrs. Durtschi

I have used various models in gifted instruction including: pull-out, magnet site school (self-contained classroom), and cluster-grouping.   I have also had experience with push-in models, co-teaching and planning for differentiation and acceleration.  I have worked with the RtI process for gifted identification and writing Advanced Learning Plans.  I received my gifted endorsement after 2 years of classes and training.

I have worked as a GT specialist, a general 4th grade teacher, general 5th grade teacher, and Honors instructor for a 4th and 5th grade combo classroom.  I have been a classroom teacher and have had a GT cluster classroom that follows the Susan Winebrenner model.  It includes GT identified children, general proficient, and a cluster of partially proficient children.  It was important for me to collaborate and work with my teammates to plan instruction for all students, regardless of their ‘label.’

In the last few years, I found that I needed to enrich my understanding of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education.  I sought out a program though Adams State University and received a grant to study for my Masters.  I graduated May 2016 with my Masters in Education, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Teaching.

I am currently completing my doctoral studies at University of Colorado, Denver in Executive Leadership for Educational Equity, with a focus on gifted education, especially those with disabilities (twice exceptionality).  I am looking forward to getting to know you and working together to meet the needs of our Gifted learners.

Melissa Durtschi

My name is Melissa Durtschi.  I am a mother, wife, teacher, friend, digital scrapbooking enthusiast, photographer, and love to dance in the kitchen with my little ones.  I love Colorado, moving here about 6 years ago.  My husband and I like the unpredictability of the weather here.

I am ecstatic to begin my journey here at Rolling Hills Elementary.  I have 13 years of teaching experience: 9 of those specifically in Gifted Education, 5 in Colorado and 4 in Utah.  During that time, I have collaborated with other teachers to develop curriculum that is both challenging and culturally relevant.