Amanda J. Moeller, M.Ed., LPC
Growing up I was always told I had an "old soul." I took it as a compliment, thinking they meant I was more mature than my peers, responsible, trustworthy, and thoughtful. Although that may have been true, looking back now I see myself differently. I was anxious, afraid to try new things or take risks. I had big emotions that no one fully understood. I had lots of friends, and yet never felt like I fit in. I was gifted, whatever that meant.
I remember purposefully not answering questions during my first evaluation. I didn't know what they were testing for and I didn't want to be different. Needless to say I did not qualify. I wasn't tested again for several more years. I started at our gifted school one day a week in middle school. Even then I wasn't sure what to think. I didn't feel gifted. I wasn't sure that someone somewhere hadn't made a mistake. I was a good student, but not great. I was nervous, but I took the risk, and I'm glad I did. I ended up loving the gifted program because of the challenge and variety in learning opportunities. It wasn't perfect, and I still had doubts, but it was the start of my journey to self-discovery.
Although my route through college was not linear, I am happy that it lead me here. I truly love being able to help people sort through their giftedness on their path to finding themselves.
In my spare time I love exploring the outdoors with my family. I have three beautifully intense and curious children, who are constantly teaching me new things. I also enjoy reading, crafting, quilting, and photography.
Gifted Resource Council (GRC)
St. Louis Association for Gifted Education (SAGE)
Gifted Association of Missouri (GAM)