Advanced Academics

Meet the Advanced Academics Department

The CFBISD Advanced Academics and World Languages Department works each day to identify and serve students who demonstrate need for greater academic challenge in order to learn and grow. The department has been identifying and serving gifted students for over 35 years.

The team of eight includes Dr. Kathryn Schaeffer, Olga Lawrence, Ruthe Houser, Mary Ann Condie, Stacy Carroll, Jettie Lemon, Sarah Eaton and David Hardy and has a combined 44 years of experience.  “We work with teachers, CFBISD staff from many departments, and parents to deliver and integrate resources and continually improve the educational experience for students,” said Dr. Schaeffer. “We also provide opportunities for students to learn a world language and to become more aware of the larger global community of which we are a part.”

Department functions include leading and providing support for the following:

  • Differentiation in the classroom to meet the needs of gifted students
  • AP College Board program
  • OnRamps UT dual enrollment program
  • World Language experiences for learners
  • Training teachers to create confident communicators in the languages they teach
  • International Baccalaureate continuum K-12 program support

*Interesting Facts: 

  • 2,513 or 10.12% of CFB students were identified Gifted
  • 273 CFB high school students became AP College Board Scholars
  • 3,260 AP College Board tests were given to 1,985 CFB high school students.
  • 605 CFB middle and high school students took the AP Spanish College Board Exam

Mission Statement:  To serve gifted and academically advanced learners by providing educational experiences designed to meet the need for intellectual challenge, promote global and cultural awareness, foster self-directed learning, and stimulate life-long habits: curiosity, creativity, and reflective thinking.

Dr. Schaeffer

Dr. Kathryn Pabst Schaeffer
Executive Director

Mary Ann Condie
Advanced Academic Specialist

Stacy Carroll
Advanced Academic Specialist

David Hardy
World Languages Specialist

Jettie Lemon
Advanced Academic Specialist

Olga Lawrence
Department Manager

Ruthe Houser
Secretary for Professional Records/Specialists

Sarah Eaton
Advanced Academic Specialist