Philosophy and Staff

The Chesapeake Public School Division is committed to providing all students in grades K-12 with a quality education designed to meet individual needs. Students with exceptional abilities require differentiated instruction in order to accommodate their unique capabilities and to foster their full potential. Without differentiation, superior potential may remain undeveloped. Therefore, Chesapeake Public Schools offers gifted students a continuum of differentiated instructional programs and services from kindergarten through grade twelve. Teachers, students, and parents work collaboratively to address the needs of the gifted. Various learning opportunities and services are available to extend and enrich curricula and to challenge students. Continuous staff development ensures an enlightened approach to the provision of effective curriculum and instruction for gifted learners. Gifted education in Chesapeake is based upon the premise that learning experiences must emphasize higher-order thinking skills in research and problem solving and focus simultaneously on areas such as communication, creativity, self-awareness, and cooperative interaction with peers.

2019 – 2020 School Year Staff

Staff Member Contact Sites Served
Andrea Barnett – Supervisor of Gifted Education
Roxane Parks –

Clerical Assistant

Brewer, Chris- Gifted Specialist
  • All High schools
  • Chesapeake Center for Student Success
  • Greenbrier Middle
  • Hickory Middle
  • Indian River Middle
  • Jolliff Middle
  • Western Branch Middle
Dohey, Linda- Gifted Specialist
  • All High Schoools
  • Chesapeake Career Center
  • Deep Creek Middle
  • Great Bridge Middle
  • Crestwood Middle
  • Hugo Owens Middle
  • Oscar Smith Middle
Howard, Selina- Gifted Specialist
  • Carver Intermediate
  • Hickory Elementary
  • Portlock Primary
  • Southeastern Elementary
  • Southwestern Elementary
Manning, Melanie- Gifted Specialist


  • Cedar Road Elementary
  • Chittum Elementary
  • Crestwood Intermediate
  • Deep Creek Central Elementary
  • Greenbrier Intermediate
Myers, Becky- Gifted Specialist
  • Deep Creek Elementary
  • Greenbrier Primary
  • Truitt Intermediate
  • Rena B. Wright Primary
  • Western Branch Primary
  • Western Branch Intermediate
Palmer, Karen- Gifted Specialist
  • Great Bridge Intermediate
  • Great Bridge Primary
  • Grassfield Elementary
  • Norfolk Highlands Primary
  • Sparrow Road Intermediate
  • Thurgood Marshall Elementary
Puryear, Robin- Gifted Specialist
  • B. M. Williams Primary
  • Butts Road Intermediate
  • Butts Road Primary
  • Camelot Elementary
  • Georgetown Primary
  • Treakle Elementary