Services for Students
I believe that it is important for students to discover their interests and passions and actively create paths to reach goals that they set for themselves. My role is to follow their lead and facilitate their self-awareness and self-reflection, talent development, and self-advocacy.
My services include:
- Providing resources and advice to individual students.
- Presenting to or conducting workshops for student organizations, clubs, or groups.
- Facilitating student/student, student/parent, student/family, student/teacher, and student/counselor meetings.
Common issues and topics of interest for students include:
- Understanding who I am – to be gifted, to be different, to deviate from the norm
- Understanding what it means to be twice-exceptional
- Communicating with my peers who are not gifted
- Communicating with my parents and family
- Communicating with my teacher and counselor
- Finding friends who understand me
- Dealing with bullying
- What to do when I just don't fit into the school system
- Understanding the pros and cons of perfectionism
- Meeting everyone’s expectations of me, including my own
- Connecting with mentorships, internships, or apprenticeships in my area of interest
- Finding summer and weekend programs
- Getting involved in Talent Search Programs
- Helping my community and making a difference in the world
- Planning for college, career, or vocation
Parents and gifted students from grades K-12 were invited for an evening discussion of what worked for them in the gifted program and what didn’t. Students were divided into groups according to grade: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Parents and student groups met separately and used large sheets of paper and markers to list their ideas and comments. Students and parents came together later to share their findings. After the workshop, comments were compiled and shared with the parent support group for the gifted program and the GT coordinator.
High School Survival Guide for Gifted Students
Senior gifted students were invited from all high schools in the district and the district’s Gifted High School Mentorship Program to lead a panel discussion for gifted middle school students. The high school students were asked to come up with advice for the younger students that they wished that they had received before starting high school. Topics included Honors and AP classes, extracurricular activities, planning schedules, what colleges are looking for, and navigating the social culture of high school.