Parents Voices

Kathleen Powell began attending the monthly meetings for parents of gifted students in 2001 when her daughters were enrolled at Magellan Day School.

“I remember going in with questions about why some of what was happening in our family was not the same as what was happening to my neighbors,” she recalled. “And I came out telling myself, ‘It’s OK. Everything’s fine. We’re on the right track.’”

Today, along with Deborah Zimmermann, Powell co-facilitates the very same kind of meetings for Magellan’s successor, Scholaris Gifted Academy. “The idea is to provide a support group for parents of a unique population of students,” said Zimmermann, whose son also attended Magellan. “I see parents who have been through the process of raising a gifted learner giving others a lot of helpful information and a lot of hope.”

The group meets monthly from September through May at Fiddleheads Café, 10530 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon. Meetings, on Wednesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m., are open to parents of and advocates for gifted learners, whether or not they attend Scholaris, a day school located in Fox Point for students in grades K3 through 8. More information on the meetings can be found at the school’s website.

At a meeting last week, about a dozen participants, including Scholaris staff members, met to listen to a review of the newest research on perfectionism and gifted learners. The material was presented by Sarah Rattan, whose son Seth teaches at the school.

Read more: Parents Share Information, Support Each Other at Group Meetings

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