Valerie Erickson
Gifted and Talented Teacher


I am a certified GT and also K-12 Music teacher. This is my 4th year teaching GT, and I’ve taught music in various capacities for eighteen years. I love teaching GT and providing challenges for kids, and am excited to work with McKinley-Thatcher students again this year. I also teach GT at Columbine Elementary. 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 toddler daughter, Harmony, and husband Steve. 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.