Elizabeth Blaetz

​Head of School

With twenty years of experience working in independent gifted schools, I am excited to be founding Vanguard Gifted Academy.  I am passionate about preparing our students for the exciting and unknowable future while at the same time honoring who they are as children right now.  It is time to lead with an educational model that will engage gifted children in the fulfilling journey of learning while preparing them with the traits required for the future needs of our world.

Credentials & Areas of Expertise:

  • Master’s Certificate in Gifted Education – Northwestern University
  • Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction – National Louis University
  • Presenter: National Association for Gifted Children Conferences and Illinois Association for Gifted Children Conferences
  • Gifted Education Administrator – Quest Academy
  • Gifted Education Teacher – Quest Academy, Da Vinci Academy
  • Curriculum development
  • Differentiation and personalized learning
  • Blended learning and technology integration

“You have attained expert status in the field of gifted education. The status is not only deserved based on your education and experience but also on your actions – you continue to educate both faculty and families on what ‘gifted education’ is and how it is delivered at Quest Academy…You have set a high bar when it comes to presenting, particularly at the Illinois Association for Gifted Children and the National Association for Gifted Children conferences.”
Ben Hebebrand
Head of School, Madison Country Day School
Former Head of School, Quest Academy

“Elizabeth is a person of integrity who takes pride in being a leader and goes that extra mile to support everyone within the school community. She has strong people skills and is someone who listens to and respects the voices and opinions of others. Elizabeth is also an excellent communicator, both orally and through the written word. Not only has she presented at the Illinois Association for Gifted Children and the National Association for Gifted Children conferences, she also developed and authored a white paper which supported best practices within math acceleration for gifted learners. Elizabeth has a strong track record of success and is a proven organizational and educational leader.”
Lisa Diones
Lower School Head, Quest Academy

“Elizabeth is a dedicated teacher and administrator.  She takes her job seriously but her sense of humor could get us through any day…Elizabeth has an ability to look forward, seeing paths for the school to take, she streamlined the progress reports, saving teachers time and redundancy while still giving parents a meaningful report…Elizabeth supported me in all our dealings, providing advice on how to proceed, even when it meant a change in my approach or behavior.”
Brenda Jurewicz
Teacher, Quest Academy

​”Elizabeth has not only acted as a support for my children throughout the years but also as a support for myself. Her compassion and understanding of  gifted children are unparalleled. She teaches and mentors with heart and intelligence and is able to be firm while being supportive. She has a gift that can not be taught. I wish every child could have a mentor such as her in their life. She is truly one of a kind and I will be forever grateful for all she has done for my boys!”
Aimee Detterbeck
Parent, Quest Academy