The Little Engine That Wouldn't

Underachievement & Risk Avoidance in Gifted Youth

GT Parent Night

Tuesday, April 3rd, 6:30pm

2001 Texan Drive

Justin, TX

Please park and enter on the west side of the building.


They’ve got the smarts, and sometimes even the desire and drive, yet somehow they never get the train up the mountain. They’ve got the ability, yet if they can’t do it right the very first time, they don’t even want to try. What’s going on? Join us as Lisa Van Gemert, the Gifted Guru and author of Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing Never Good Enough, explores exactly why our gifted youth struggle with risk avoidance and underachievement. Take away practical ideas, and maybe even a little paradigm shift.

About the Speaker

Using a combination of neuropsychology, pedagogy, experience, humor, technology and sheer fun, Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in education with audiences around the world. She is an expert consult to television shows including Lifetime’s "Child Genius," and a writer of award-winning lesson plans, as well as numerous published articles on social psychology and pedagogy and the book, Perfectionism: Practical Strategies for Managing Never Good Enough. A former teacher, school administrator, and Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa, she shares resources for educators and parents on her website and is co-founder with Ian Byrd of the Gifted Guild, a professional community for educators of the gifted. Lisa and her husband Steve are the parents of three sons and live in Arlington, Texas.

Advanced Academics

Audra Rowell

Advanced Academics Coordinator, K-12

Northwest ISD