About Your GRT

Terri Darnell

This is my seventh year working as a gifted cluster teacher at Thoroughgood Elementary.

Prior to working at Thoroughgood, I served as gifted resource teacher at Linkhorn Park Math/Science Academy as well as Seatack Elementary. This is my 20th year working in the Virginia Beach City Public School system. I have also worked as a third grade cluster teacher, Education Consultant for Old Dominion University, and as the Founder/Director of the ODU-Tidewater Writing Project Summer Writing Camp. I also have experience with our school system's gifted program as a parent. I am mother to Kalli, a sophomore at Old Dominion University and Ben, a tenth grader at Cox High School. My husband, Scott, is an attorney for the Virginia Attorney General's Office.

I hold a bachelor's degree in Family and Child Development from Virginia Tech, a master's degree in Elementary Education from Old Dominion University, and a gifted education endorsement from the University of Virginia.

It is a joy working with our vast talent pool of students at Thoroughgood. I look forward to a wonderful year with with your child and classroom teacher!

You can contact me at Teresa.Darnell@vbschools.com.

Crystall Petersen

This is my first year at Thoroughgood Elementary School.  I get the pleasure of working with the kindergarten classes each Tuesday.  

In addition to my work here with kindergarten, I also work with the kindergarten classes at John B. Dey Elementary School each week.  I have worked in VBCPS as a classroom teacher and as a gifted resource teacher for 10 years.  My husband is a pilot in the US Navy and we have two children.  My older son, Carter is a third grader this year and my younger son, Sawyer is in preschool.

I hold a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology & Applied Physiology as well one for Elementary Education from the University of Colorado, and a gifted education endorsement from the University of Virginia.

I am so excited to work with the students, parents, and teachers of Thoroughgood!

You can contact me at Crystall.Petersen@vbschools.com.