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My name is Trish Finley and I am the Gifted and Talented Facilitator (GATE) for Pinewood and Central Park for the school year 2015-16.  I am a retired teacher from OPS.  I was in the classroom for 15 years and then, I was a GATE facilitator for 10.  I have returned to OPS this year as a part time GATE facilitator.  I look forward to enhancing the curriculum for the unique individuals I work with so that they can reach their fullest potential.



The goal of the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program is to identify gifted and exceptionally talented students within the Omaha Public Schools, nurture their social/emotional development and enhance their curriculum experience so these unique individuals may reach their fullest potential.  

In conjunction with the National Association for Gifted children (NAGC) and the Nebraska State Education Rules and Policies, OPS recognizes five areas of giftedness:  Intellectual (IQ), Academic Achievement, Creativity, Leadership, Visual/Performing Arts.


Our curriculum framework is designed to develop the intellect, and intra and interpersonal social/emotional development. Through curricular experiences, it is our hope that students learn the value of becoming life long learners and citizens of character. Unique high level curricular extensions heighten the High Ability Learners' understanding of problem solving processes.

Students are taught an established structure of research. From kindergarten through grade six, students develop their ability to apply, analyze, synthesize and evaluate knowledge acquired through research. 

Social/Emotional Development:
Beyond the scope of lessons taught in the classroom by the school counselors, facilitators inquire, discuss and verify the sensitive feelings of gifted and talented students.

Habits of Mind: 

"Habits" are traits successful people demonstrate and continually develop. The “Habits” are an important part of our curriculum framework. Facilitators infuse these sixteen life skills in the curriculum so as to better equip students in their journey to become successful citizens.





The Omaha Public Schools’ method of identifying gifted and talented students is modeled after the NAGC (National Association of Gifted Children).  Identification includes performance at 130 or above on IQ assessments and 85% or above on any state and district required achievement tests.

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Summer Lor

6th Grader

Pinewood Elementary

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