Gifted and Talented

Ms. Lauren Knoepfler
651-403-8063 | lauren.knoepfler@isd197.org

Greetings! My name is Lauren Knoepfler.  I am the gifted and talented teacher at Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School and Instructional Coach at Mendota Elementary School.  I have been at Pilot Knob and Mendota since 2017.  I am a graduate of Pilot Knob and Henry Sibley.  I hold a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas and a degree in Elementary Education from Ottawa University.  My family and I live in West St. Paul.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my daughter, husband, and pup.  We love to explore the great outdoors and lakes, read, and taste test local Twin Cities ice cream shops.

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 High Performing/Gifted and Talented Students at Pilot Knob STEM School have access to:

ADVANCED CURRICULUM OPTIONS 

  • Curriculum Enrichment Extension Projects
  • Cognitively Guided Math Learning Opportunities
  • Mathematics Enrichment Classes in Grades 3 and 4
  • SPARKS Classes
  • PK Newspaper
  • Differentiated Learning Opportunities
    • Teachers are Supported in Their Practice of Differentiation for High Performing Learners

CLUSTERING

  • Identified Students in Grades 3 and 4 are Clustered
  • Informal Clustering for Students in Grades 1 and 2
    • Students Have Access to Academic Peers in the Regular Classroom Setting
    • Teachers of the Cluster Groups Can Plan More Intentionally for the Needs of Identified GT Students

PROBLEM SOLVING

  • Constructivist Learning Approach
    • Teachers Intentionally Push Students to Think of Ideas That Lead to Research Projects 
    • Teachers Promote Critical Thinking Skills by Having Students Investigate Concepts Through Deeper Questioning

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

  • One to One iPad Initiative
  • MacBook Carts
  • iPod Carts
  • Interactive Whiteboards
  • Student Response Systems
  • Computer Lab
  • Accelerated Reader
  • My Skills Tutor
  • Khan Academy
  • Google Apps for Education

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  • Continental Math League
  • Geography Bee
  • Spelling Bee 
  • STEM Magnet Academy Classes
  • STEM Fair
  • Arts and Multicultural Fair
  • STEM Sparks Classes