Gifted & Talented at Coyote Creek

Coyote Creek Gifted & Talented Facilitator: Jenn Bruns


Meet Mrs. Bruns

Hello!  I am Jenn Bruns, your Gifted and Talented Facilitator!  I am thrilled to be a part of this community. This year I will work with students to develop ALP goals that are meaningful and appropriately challenging for each student.  I will support advanced learning in the regular classrooms, and provide accelerated and motivating challenges based on individual needs. We will complete some awesome STEM projects at school and I do not anticipate any homework.  Please join my Google Classroom if you have not done so already! 


Here’s a little about me:


I am a Colorado native, but I have also lived and taught 4th and 5th grade in Las Vegas, NV and Manassas, VA. I have been teaching since 2004; I’ve taught all grade levels K-6, including GT and Enrichment classes since 2007 in the Douglas County School District. This is my first year at Coyote Creek Elementary, and I am currently completing my Gifted and Talented certification through UNC.


  I have a beautiful family and am very proud of my twins Natalie and Nicholas; they were born in January 2012. They are beautiful 2nd graders this year, and keep me entertained and busy.  My son is a Gifted and Talented student, so I share in the parent side of GT as well. In April 2015, we welcomed the beautiful baby Ella, who is very busy preschooler. I am so blessed with amazing family! I have a loving wonderful husband, but our family wouldn't be complete without our gorgeous (although cranky) black cat named Paris, or our Golden Retriever named Fergus.   It's safe to say, we have a full house! I will share pictures of my family and I am looking forward to getting to know each of you and learning about your families, pets, etc. In my free time (what little there is...), I like to do yoga, run, shop, paint, scrapbook, or read a good book. I also enjoy traveling and photography when time allows!


CogAT Annual Testing  

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) 

As part of the Douglas County School District’s Universal Screening Process, ALL students in Grade 2 and Grade 6 will take the Cognitive Abilities test in February.  This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates.  These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  Please see detailed information on Universal Screening for grades 2 and 6 here:  Universal Screening Information.  


Gifted Identification Referral Testing

Parent requests for CogAT testing for the 2019-2020 school year are now closed. Please contact Jenn Bruns with any questions at

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For more information on GT at Coyote Creek, please contact Jenn Bruns at: