Gifted Services

Welcome to Gifted Services at Taylor! The gifted services purpose is to ensure that all students are provided with enrichment and opportunities for growth through a talent development model.

Hopes & Dreams for Taylor Students: All students in all classes at all grade levels have access to appropriately differentiated materials, instruction, and activities in all subject areas. Students will find learning fun and intellectually stimulating. Students will be challenged and pushed to achieve at high levels without being overwhelmed or overly frustrated.

Arlington Public Schools is dedicated to maximizing the strengths and potential of all students so they may become self-confident, well-rounded, responsible and productive citizens. Many gifted students need opportunities to think abstractly, work at various rates and levels of complexity, and pursue tasks independently. In addition, students eligible for gifted services need opportunities to learn with others of like abilities, as well as opportunities to develop social relationships with others of all abilities. For more resources and information about gifted services in Arlington, please visit the APS gifted services page.

2022-23 Updates:

Resource Teacher for the Gifted (RTG) at Taylor

Therese Franco

Therese Franco Waltrich is excited to support teachers and students at Taylor Elementary. You are welcome to reach out via email

Professional Background:
I was born and raised in Reston, Virginia, where I grew a love for learning and playing competitive sports. During high school, I began coaching soccer, mentoring, and teaching at the elementary level through independent programs in the DC area. I attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA where I pursued a degree in Psychology and a minor in Mathematics. Then, moved back to DC to join Urban Teachers, an alternative teacher preparatory program. Through Urban Teachers and Lesley University, I earned a Masters of Education in Secondary Mathematics and a Masters of Education in Special Education K – 12. This school year, I joined APS as Resource Teacher for the Gifted after teaching in the DC area for the last eight years.

Personal Interests:
I’ve loved growing up and living in DC and Northern Virginia, and now live in Arlington with my husband. I love to be active and outside, whether it’s playing or coaching soccer, going on a walk or hike, or enjoying a meal with family and friends.