Gifted Services

District Mission Statement

The mission of the Southwest Licking School District is to assure that all students are prepared to be lifelong learners who possess a sense of self-worth, critical thinking ability, and necessary life skills enabling them to solve problems, adapt to change, value beauty, diversity, and cooperation, and be productive citizens. The mission will be accomplished by a skilled and dedicated staff providing personalized instruction with family and community support and participation by students in safe, modern facilities where quality education and technological materials are the standard.

Philosophy for Gifted Education

Southwest Licking supports the philosophy that giftedness denotes the possession and use of untrained natural abilities (Gagne). Outstanding abilities are present in students from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor. Gifted students’ natural abilities translate to educational needs that require differentiated instructional programming as an integrated part of their regular school day. In addition, the district supports research-based continuing staff development opportunities so that district teaching and administrative personnel may, through their teaching and educational leadership, ensure students learn and achieve at levels commensurate with their exceptional abilities. 

State of Ohio Definition of Gifted            

The state of Ohio defines a gifted student as one who “performs or shows potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment who are identified under division (A), (B), (C), or (D) of section 3324.03 of the Ohio Revised Code. 

Gifted Services Department Staff

 Ashley LeJeune, Coordinator of Gifted Services and Elementary GIS
Ami Russell, Gifted Intervention Specialist at WIS.
Paula Ball, Secondary Gifted Intervention Specialist.


Ashley LeJeune

Coordinator of Gifted Services: Elementary GIS


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Ami Russell 

District Gifted Intervention Specialist: WIS
[email protected]

Paula Ball
District Gifted Intervention Specialist: Secondary

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