About Mrs. Hastedt

BA from Brandeis University, Waltham, MA   Teaching Certificate from University of Denver
 K-12 Endorsement in Gifted Education (2016)

Teaching Approach / Philosophy:  Gifted learners have unique abilities and process information differently. Teachers can learn to recognize their characteristics, identify strengths, and differentiate curriculum for these unique learners. All students can think critically and need to be allowed to struggle and persevere through authentic, challenging problems.  It is my job to create an environment in which students think, create, invent and grow into innovative leaders while having fun and discovering a passion for learning.

Background/Other Information:  I grew up and went to college in Boston, Massachusetts before moving to Denver in 1994 to pursue a post grad. degree in education at the University of Denver. In 2016 I got my K-12 endorsement in gifted education. While in high school and college I was a dedicated and successful student athlete with a decorated career in both soccer and track. 
 I knew I wanted to be a teacher when even from a young age I could be found in my basement teaching all of the neighborhood kids various topics of interest. Gifted Education became my passion area when I realized this was the program I had yearned for and never found in my school career because my state did not fund gifted education.  My dream of being a "gifted teacher" came true when I landed a job in Cherry Creek at their magnet school.  I taught there for 6 years before having children of my own who further inspired me to dedicate myself to gifted learners in Douglas County schools.  I was truly lucky to land a job as GT facilitator for two schools in Highlands Ranch!  I am now in my eigth year as GT facilitator at Sand Creek and seventh year as a GT Lead for both MVHS feeder schools.   In my free time I love to read, listen to music and watch sports of all kinds, especially soccer!
 I am married with two children, three dogs and we live in beautiful Woodmoor, Colorado!