DISCOVERING MY STRENGTHS
My experience with gifted children began with my little brother. His learning experiences highly influenced my decision to specialize in giftedness. When he entered middle school, he began struggling academically and I worried he was not living up to his potential. After exploring his setbacks together, we problem solved and created a strategic plan to approach his difficulties. Over time, he was able to overcome these challenges and, today, he is a successful and thriving young adult, currently studying mechanical engineering.
As I was providing guidance to my brother, I reached an important realization about my innate strengths in guiding children as they work through learning roadblocks.
I enjoyed this process so much that, a few years later, I obtained my Master of Science in Counseling and Human Systems and my Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology. Since then, I’ve attended countless conferences, workshops, and training programs to further develop my skills to work with the gifted population.
After attending my first Confratute, which is a summer institute offered by the Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development program at the University of Connecticut, the urge to create a real impact in the lives of gifted children was incredibly overwhelming. Little did I know, this experience had planted a seed for what today I know as 2e Minds.