Gifted and Talented Education

  • Welcome to Gifted Education! My name is Anastasia Melzer and I am the full-time gifted education facilitator. I have been teaching for more than 27 years, with most of my professional career devoted to the education of gifted students. I have a Master Degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Gifted Education. I am also a member of SENG - Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted. I truly love teaching gifted children and working with their families. My own three children were identified as gifted in elementary school. It is my hope that all gifted students are challenged and find that, through resilience and grit, they can accomplish their dreams. 

    My personal philosophy of giftedness aligns very closely to Annemarie Roeper, a pioneer in gifted education. She stated, “Giftedness is a greater awareness, a greater sensitivity, and a greater ability to understand and transform perceptions into intellectual and emotional experiences.” 

    The best way to reach me is by my email. I am usually able to return emails within 24 hours.  

    "Every child is unique. Therefore their education should be also." ~Jeannie Fullbright 

    This quote captured the essence of why I so enjoy teaching gifted education at Prairie Winds! My name is Rachel Cleek and I am the part-time gifted education teacher. This is my 16th year of teaching, with most of my time spent here with the wonderful students, staff, and families at Prairie Winds. My diverse experience has provided me insight into what is needed for any learner to be successful in their educational career. I believe that it is the ability to connect ideas, communicate and work with others, and persevere through challenge with creativity and courage that truly prepare a child for their journey ahead. The unique qualities of the gifted learner provide me the opportunity to dive into engaging, challenging, and creative projects and discussions with students which I absolutely love.  

    The best way to reach me is email, because I wear multiple hats at Prairie Winds. I am also thankful to get to work with many students in the library each week. I use this time to develop a love of literature and research with all students. I really believe that having a mindset which is curious and information seeking is critical for all children.  

    I am also the proud mom of three amazing children. I look at my work in gifted education from the greater lens of being a parent, too. It is through a partnership that we will be most successful, so please know that my door is always open. What a great year we have ahead.    

For More Information:

  • Melzer, Anastasia
    Special Services
    Gifted and Talented Education Facilitator

    (719) 757-1617

    Cleek, Rachel
    (719) 757-1673