“There is a goldmine of hidden creativity in each one of these children, which can blossom into spiritual, emotional, creative and scientific growth. We need to build bridges between the inner world of the individual and the outer world of society, so that knowledge, thoughts and emotions can flow freely between them. To contribute to the accomplishment of this great goal continues to drive my life passionately.”
These words so eloquently written by the late gifted education visionary, Annemarie Roeper, resonate at the core of my beliefs about children and about gifted education.
I am Sharon Collins and am the Executive Director of the school. I continue to be thrilled to be at Westgate supporting the students, families and staff in the wonderful mission and vision of WCS. I am honored to work in an environment that truly “gets” what so many gifted children need – a place where they can express their inner worlds freely and confidently. I am inspired each and every day by the students Westgate serves.
Before coming to Westgate in 2013, I was a District Gifted Program Coordinator for students ECC (Early Childhood Center) – 8th grade near Chicago. I regularly present at local, state and national gifted conferences where I lead sessions highlighting the wit and wisdom of gifted seniors, Mindfulness and Executive Functioning and various aspects of the innovative programming at Westgate Community School. In 2020, I was featured as an expert in the IndieFlix Documentary about Bully prevention, The Upstanders.
In 2018, Colorado League of Charter Schools named me Leader of the Year. I was a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar in 2003 and traveled to Japan to study the K-12 school system with a focus on Yatsushiro City. In 2000, I earned an M.A. in Teaching and Learning from DePaul University where I graduated with Honors and my thesis was awarded Distinction.