Welcome to QUEST. West Hartford Public Schools program for Gifted and Talented is one of the oldest established programs in the state of Connecticut, dating as far back as 1976 with clustering through the Challenge Program. In 1994 a schoolwide gifted program was implemented to meet the needs of gifted and talented students in grades four through eight. The program began as a
collaborative effort with UCONN's National Research Center on Gifted and Talented and the Teaching the Talent Program. The program’s mission is to ensure students have an opportunity to develop their unique gifts and talents. 
WHPS QUEST program for identified students in grades 4-8 offers identification through three pathways. QUEST, Math QUEST (accelerated) and Art QUEST are student-centered, individualized pathways to honor the identified student's social, emotional, and unusually advanced academic development. Students explore and participate in talent development, creativity, and problem-solving skills in gifted education classes. Students advance skills required to succeed in the 21st century. 

These essential skills include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creative Thinking
  • Collaborating
  • Communicating
  • Social Skills
  • Flexibility
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Information, Media and Technology Literacy
  • Productivity and Task Commitment

The learning environment is deliberately designed to facilitate the research and development of college ready skills, critical thinking, and self-selected investigations into real-world practical and authentic problems. QUEST is a safe space for the creative, analytical, and divergent thinker to work and engage in collaboration and or independently of like-minded peers. Additionally, QUEST offers opportunities for participation in field experiences co-aligned with grade level themes based on the principles and practices of Renzulli's Schoolwide Enrichment, The Enrichment Triad Model, and Susan Baum's Talent Development. Professional practices are purposed and designed for personalization of student learning. 

Again, welcome to QUEST and thank you for visiting our webpage!

Together we make a difference!
Dr. M. Thompson
Director, Gifted and Talented

Program Overview

The Mission and Goals of the QUEST Program

Program Themes

Program Nomination and Identification Process


Information about Math QUEST


Information about Art QUEST

Gifted and Talented Links

Links to Gifted and Talented Resources

Quest Department

Dr. Mary Thompson

Director of Gifted and Talented

Ed Center: 860-561-6607

Karen Kosovsky

Secretary for Quest Department

Ed Center: 860-561-6608

Lindsay Goltzman

Quest Teacher at Braeburn and Bristow Schools

Braeburn: 860-561-2730 Ext. 2702

Bristow: 860-231-2100 Ext. 2020

Michele Hadlock

Quest Teacher at Charter Oak International Academy

Charter Oak: 860-233-8506 Ext. 2927

Katherine Hardesty

Quest Teacher at Norfeldt, Smith, and Whiting Lane Schools

Norfeldt: 860-233-4421 Ext. 3257

Smith STEM: 860-236-3315 Ext. 3331

Whiting Lane: 860-233-8541 Ext. 3548

Adina Johnson

Quest Teacher at Whiting Lane and King Philip

Whiting Lane: 860-233-8541 Ext. 3548

King Philip: 860-233-8230 Ext. 2300

Christopher Kueffner

Quest Teacher at Duffy and Webster Hill Schools

Duffy: 860-521-0110 Ext. 3027

Webster Hill: 860-521-0320 Ext. 3405

David Lee

Quest Teacher at Braeburn and Sedgwick

Braeburn: 860-561-2200 Ext. 2702

Sedgwick: 860-570-6500 Ext. 2443

Theresa McKeown

Quest Teacher at Aiken School

Aiken: 860-233-6994 Ext. 2612

Julie O'Reilly

Quest Teacher at King Philip

King Philip: 860-233-8230 Ext. 3027

Elyse Post-Perez

Quest Teacher at Bugbee and Morley Schools

Bugbee: 860-929-5500 Ext. 2834

Morley: 860-233-8535 Ext. 3131

Cheryl Stidolph

Quest Teacher at Norfeldt and Wolcott Schools

Norfeldt: 860-233-4421 Ext. 3262

wolcott: 860-561-2300 Ext. 3671

The Quest Office
50 South Main Street, Room 327
West Hartford, CT 06107
Phone: 860-561-6608
Fax: 860-561-6913