My gifted education story:
Gifted and creative learning has been my passion since 2001 — and my life since 1977. I was identified as needing special services in 1st grade, but my family made the decision at the time that support services weren’t in my best interest. My parents spent the next 11 years of parent teacher conferences being told that I wasn’t working up to my potential. I didn’t know what they meant because my grades were good enough for high honor rolls. And I still had plenty of time to mess around and have fun at school. Whatever did they mean? You see, it wasn’t as if any of my teachers ever asked me to do anything different; I figured that as long as my grades were A’s and B’s, what else would they want me to be? A total bookworm nerd? I decided early on that life wasn’t for me. And so on it went.
It wasn’t until 1994 when I graduated with my Bachelor’s and got a classroom of my own that I understood what my teachers meant. But it wasn’t until 2001 when I got my Master’s in Psychology and Special Education with an emphasis in Gifted Education, that I began to understand what my teachers could have done for me. And what I should have been doing for so many of my own students.
Since 2001, I have been a teachers for K-12 gifted learners and have worked as a local, state, and national advocate, helping parents and educators understand the academic and social emotional needs of this unique population. Everywhere I go and in every workshop or keynote I give, you will always find that I’m carrying these kids in my heart.
For some of my thoughts on gifted learners, please see some of my blog posts written to help others recognize the vital role we have in challenging all learners.