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Dr. Jessie Matthews

Hello! I am Jessie Matthews. I am new to Auburn, coming all the way from Colorado. I have been in education for 7 years, teaching at the middle school level, as well as working in a district administrative role. I received my Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Gifted Education from the University of Denver. Prior to that, I received my Bachelor's of Science degree from Colorado State University and my Master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado. I enjoy fishing, hiking, skiing, and spending time with my husband, Anthony, and yellow lab, Boone. 

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1555 N Donahue Dr.

Auburn, AL 36830

Auburn City Schools (ACS) believes all children have academic and creative talents, therefore we strive to enhance student’s learning through special events such as field trips, assembly programs, speakers, fine arts/cultural arts programs and in every class students are encouraged to do more challenging work. All third, fourth and fifth graders are served in the Venture Enrichment Program.

The Alabama Department of Education defines gifted children and youth as those who perform at high levels in academic and creative fields when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. These children and youth require additional services not ordinarily provided through the regular school program. Students possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor. Second grade students in Auburn City Schools are screened to determine those who perform at this high level. Additionally, the top 10% of identified students according to the screening criteria in third, fourth and fifth grade are served in the Venture Enrichment Small Group Program.
Any individual may refer a student to be considered for an evaluation to determine if the student qualified according to the ACS guidelines. Referral to the Venture program can be made by contacting the Venture teacher or principal at each elementary school, or the special education coordinator for Auburn City Schools. Characteristics, high level abilities, and performance indicators are evaluated yearly to determine eligibility by the School Screening Team.