• Gifted support provides enrichment to students who have unique needs and abilities that require programming appropriate to their potential. A wide variety of educational options are offered to develop creativity, critical thinking and reasoning, originality, and leadership skills. Students may be referred for evaluation by parents/guardians, building principals, or counselors.  

About Mrs. Johnson-Short

Mrs. Donna Johnson-Short

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M.Ed. Special Education, Shippensburg University B.S. Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Penn State University

Mrs. Donna Johnson-Short

I have been teaching gifted students in Upper Adams School District since 1997. Prior to that, I taught pre-school in Carlisle at both the YWCA and ChildTime. I have also taught kindergarten and first grade in Virginia. I did a short stint working as an insurance claims adjuster in North Carolina. Currently, I teach GATEways as part-time pull-out classes. I also co teach with various teachers in grades 4, 5, and 6 in order to work with many high achieving students. Additionally, I teach math enrichment groups in grades 1, 2, and 3.
 
I currently live in Carlisle with my husband Tim.  I enjoy walking in the evenings, reading, and of course, finding interesting activities for my GATEways students:)  

About Mr. Ramsey

Mr. Zachary Ramsey

Phone: (717) 677-7191 [x2418]

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B.S.E.- English Education B.S- Communication

Mr. Zachary Ramsey

   My name is Mr. Ramsey, and I have been the gifted support teacher at Upper Adams Middle School since 2013. I am also a member of our district's website maintenance team.
   I am a proud alumnus of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where I received two major degrees (B.S. communication- 2006, B.S.E. English education-2008) along with several minor degrees. As a student, I was honored as a multiple-time winner of the Chautauqua Writers Scholarship and was a long-standing member of WCUB- Clarion's local television station.
   After graduation, I moved to South Carolina, where I taught two years of high school English at Lake City High School. It was a tremendous experience that molded my views and perceptions as a teacher. At the end of my second year, my wife and I returned to Pennsylvania, where I substituted for multiple districts before beginning as the G&T teacher at Upper Adams Middle School.
   In addition to my roles within the school district, I am a currently pursuing my M.Ed. English degree at Millersville University. In my spare time I enjoy playing guitar, writing fiction, writing music, and working on machines. By far, though, my favorite time is spent with my wife and daughter.

About Ms. Tyson

Ms. Kathy Tyson

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Ms. Kathy Tyson

High School Gifted Support