QUEST Program at Duffy Elementary School
Welcome to QUEST, a West Hartford Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program which services the needs of high-ability, highly creative and motivated students.
We believe all children must move along the continuum of learning at their own unique pace. As in the classroom, the curriculum is differentiated, and students often work in small flexible groups. Children in the QUEST program are prepared to think creatively and critically, to make decisions and solve relevant problems, and to analyze and evaluate their work.
The QUEST program provides services to students that are in need for support services beyond the structure of Duffy’s engaging classrooms. Giftedness is not all encompassing: Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dr. Philip Emeagwali, and Yo-Yo Ma have not been gifted in all areas of their lives. Being gifted comes with challenging aspects that are different to each student. For more information on our QUEST program, please visit WHPS QUEST: Gifted and Talented Program.
Mrs. Julie O’Reilly, QUEST teacher
Out of necessity over the course of 10 years, I began studying the gifted and talented population. My personal quest for knowledge with regard to my own child’s development has created a natural transition into the WHPS QUEST program.
As a personal note, the majority of my family members are either teachers, athletic coaches, or actors. Interestingly, you need to be a bit of an actor to be a teacher, and you need to be a teacher to be a coach. We are not a shy bunch and holiday gatherings are loud.
Copious amounts of time in my life are happily spent at robotics events and hockey games.
Ms. Kate Prigodich