Welcome to Gifted Services at Escuela Key! Please take a look through the helpful links in the menu on the left to discover more about what Escuela Key has to offer our growing scholars. 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.
Micaela Pond “Coach Pond”
My name is Micaela Mejia Pond and I am the Resource Teacher for the Gifted. I began my teaching career in Prince William County at Dumfries Model Effective School outside of Quantico, VA. I met a Marine whom I married a few years later and ended up teaching in San Clemente, CA at a Spanish Immersion School. Our orders brought us back to Virginia in 1999 and I taught at Drew for a year until a position opened up at Escuela Key two years later.I’ve been a part of the Key Family ever since. I earned my BS in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University. I then proceeded to get my Gifted Endorsement from the University of Virginia.My two children Aidan and Lily were former Key students. Aidan just graduated with a degree in Latin American Studies and a Spanish minor from Tulane University. I share this because I am proud of the foundation he received from Escuela Key and the love of the language and cultures. When I’m not here at Escuela Key, I like to spend time cooking, being a community activist, snuggling with my rescue dog Nola, and enjoying time traveling with my husband Josh.
For information on Arlington Public School’s Gifted Services, visit: APS Gifted Services Website