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Hattiesburg REACH Program 

Mission Statement 

The mission of the Hattiesburg Public Schools REACH Gifted Program is to address the needs of intellectually gifted children and provide the necessary instructional modifications to increase these students' skills in: 
  • autonomous learning
  • creative, productive thinking 
  • metacognition 
  • developing and maintaining healthy, positive, enriching relationships 
  • developing appropriate expectations for and understanding of the self 
These instructional modifications include an environment that allows intellectually gifted children to learn from one another, a curriculum that addresses the unique characteristics and needs of the gifted by balancing cognitive and affective instruction/experiences, and a delivery system that employs multiple instructional strategies to accommodate individual learning differences. 

Program Benefits 

  • Learners focus on interests, strengths/weaknesses, and develop social-emotional skills. 
  • Learners develop communication skills and explore various career options. 
  • Learners receive more challenging tasks (higher order thinking skills). 

Our Team 

 Keonna Howard, Executive Director of Exceptional Children and Health Services 
Judy Ratcliff, District Psychometrist 
Kim Miller-Andrews, District Psychometrist 
Elvira Deyamport, Gifted Department Chair and Teacher 
School: Thames
Nicole Coulter, Teacher 
Schools: STEAM, Woodley 
Jerice Williams, Teacher 
Schools: Grace Christian, Hawkins, and Rowan 
For more information regarding our program, please refer to our documents on the menu to your right.