My career has spanned 30+ years in education. Gifted education has been at the forefront of my life. My positions, both in and out of the classroom, have never taken me far from my true calling. Speaking engagements continue to help me hone my craft and message. I hold a master’s degree in education, a teaching credential, a principal’s license and a gifted and talented specialist endorsement. My areas of special interest include the social/emotional, service learning, twice exceptional and executive functioning needs of gifted students. I am currently the Gifted and Talented Resource Coordinator for Jeffco Schools in Colorado.
Beyond being the proud President Elect of CAGT, I am the Principal at Hulstrom K-8, Adams 12 Five Star School District’s magnet school for advanced and gifted education. I hold a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Gifted Education from the University of Denver and present on a variety of topics throughout the state. I am the mother of two gifted children and love nothing more than exploring and adventuring through the world with them and my husband.
With twenty-plus years in public education, I have embraced a variety of roles including school and district level administration, coaching, and teaching. Currently I’m an assistant principal at Broomfield High School in Boulder Valley Schools. My work with GT students began in a high school language arts class in Austin, Texas where all teachers received professional learning in GT. I hold an Educational Specialist degree with a focus on gifted and talented, a GT endorsement from the University of Denver, and an MA in literature and film from Texas State University. I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband, two teenage daughters, and our lovable mutt.
I have a lifelong passion for learning. Over the past three decades, I’ve been guided by a deep commitment to education, particularly for gifted and international education. As Director of Gifted and Talented Programming for the second largest school district in Colorado, I work with over 150 schools implementing quality enriched programming to meet the needs of advanced learners. My background enables me to bring extensive training in working with special populations, including gifted students, and a global perspective to education. I believe we have a collective responsibility to ensure meaningful growth for all learners and in partnering with all stakeholders to achieve that end.
Stefanie Renquist Treasurer / Membership and Interim Secretary
Stefanie Renquist's Bio
My name is Stefanie Renquist and I serve as the treasurer/membership and interim secretary for CAGT. I have my endorsement in Gifted Education and work as a Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher for Jefferson County Schools. My passion for working with gifted students started when I was a classroom teacher. A classroom with so many unique perspectives and abilities kept me on my toes – in the best possible way! I am very lucky that in my job and my role with CAGT, I have the opportunity to collaborate with many amazing people to support gifted learners throughout the state.
Miranda Harper At-Large Representative – Eastern Plains
Miranda Harper's Bio
I live in Fort Morgan with my husband, Chris, and two children, CJ and Loganne. I have been the Gifted Coordinator for Morgan County School District since 2013. I love working with gifted students and getting to know their passions and interests. I truly value my role in advocating for their unique needs and supporting parents. In my free time, I can be found reading, gardening, remodeling my home, or camping in the beautiful Colorado Rockies with my family.
Michelle Barkemeyer At-Large Representative – Western Slope
Michelle Barkemeyer's Bio
Greetings! My name is Michelle Barkemeyer, and I am the Gifted Education Coordinator for the Uncompahgre BOCES in southwestern Colorado. In this position, I oversee five different districts’ gifted programs and advocate for small, rural districts all over the state. As your At-Large Representative for the Western Region of the state, my goal is to communicate both the needs of our area to CAGT as well as to bring the opportunities available through CAGT back to the districts. Let me know about your needs, challenges, and successes. Together with CAGT, we can make rural gifted education a national shining star!
A veteran teacher of over 33 years, my work with gifted and 2e children began almost three decades ago when it was apparent my son was gifted, and in school was diagnosed with ADHD. With a Masters in Education and M.A. endorsement in GT, most of my career was spent as a GT Teacher and Gifted Facilitator at a gifted magnet school. When “retired” I became a 2e Consultant for the Colorado Department of Education. I’ve been with CAGT for over a decade and am now the Executive Director. A former principal said I eat, sleep and dream gifted – it’s truly my life’s work!
I began my career in gifted education in 2005 by chance. However, I quickly fell in love with the amazing and unique learners who I had the privilege of teaching, and spent my entire teaching career at Aurora Quest K8, the gifted magnet school in APS. During my thirteen years there I also became passionate about twice-exceptional learners and went on to work for the 2e cadre at the Colorado Department of Education. I am so thankful to continue important work in the gifted education community through my position at CAGT.