Donna Bulatowicz, Pope John Paul Regional Elementary
Pope John Paul Regional Elementary School, West Brandywine, PA
My son's education has been tough.
Five years at a public school mislabeled and with plummeting self esteem, a stint at an online charter school with a gifted program that was unorganized and only "gifted" in name, and countless other obstacles.
A part of our bittersweet experience was being a part of SIG, Summer Institute for the Gifted
, a gifted camp that was wonderful.
It was bittersweet as we tried to compare other educational outlets to this extraordinary experience.
We interviewed public and private schools from our town to over an hour away from us.
Nothing seemed to be a fit to bring a thriving education to our son; until we found the present school he
This is where Ms. Bulatowicz
was gifted herself and understands not only the intellectual challenges of a gifted child but also the emotional and social needs as well.
She is his seventh grade teacher and though she is in initial development of proposing a gifted program, she is not a specific gifted teacher.
What is incredible about this, is that it is easier to be a gifted or enrichment teacher when you have a group of only gifted youth; yet Ms. Bulatowicz
has the ability to have a mixed level classroom with all very different needs and meet all of those needs.
So, I speak not only for my own experience but the observations for all the youth.
, I feels, not only acknowledges and can develop the gifted who are labeled as such as my son has been but, more importantly initiates the giftedness in all of the youth.
As many know, the diagnoses per se, of a gifted child is tough, because not all gifted fit into neat boxes and since gifts vary, and testing does not, many youth with gifts are unnoticed; yet not with Ms. Bulatowicz
he is a teacher who exemplifies superior teaching, by not only bringing children to their height, but by being strong enough to create boundaries and a safety and respect that encourages the intellectual, social and emotional lives of each student that she teaches.
This is why, with the highest respect, I nominate this fine educator.
sets an example not only for other gifted educators but for educators in our country to aspire to.
I can only hope that by programs like this, the Honor Roll, the standards of education will rise as the acknowledgement of educators who have touched lives across the United States are honored; and to us, Ms. Bulatowicz
could easily be the spokesperson for giftedness, from experience in gifted programs as a gifted youth and adult, and an educator.
understands giftedness from the inside out.