Ever wanted to give up?!? The journey has been long. The challenges have worn you out. Time, money, energy is waning. Moments of victory are fleeting and it’s just been so dang hard. Nevertheless, you press on. Why, you may ask?
Because who else will? We can relate. We stand with families and their students side by side through an educational process that too often is as rough as sandpaper. We shoulder some of the burden of going to school meetings, expressing concerns, requesting for compassion and understanding. We’re with parents seeking to find comfort in a system that has left them and their children with broken dreams. We’re with administrators and educators who are bullied by bureaucracy because they have the heart and willingness to find a common ground on behalf of the student. We stand with you sharing the scars from the challenges faced to support children with exceptional abilities. As we persevere, is worth knowing we are being polished by the very thing that is trying to extinguish our dreams.
It’s never an easy journey but one that’s worth the mountain of hardships. It’s our children, our cousins, our grandchildren—our dreams. So, we don’t give up! We keep pressing onward. Working, planning, thinking...just not giving up until we see the dream come to fruition. We are trailblazers whose dreams do come true simply because we did not give up.
Dr. Owens is an educator, expert, and advocate for children with exceptional abilities. A Florida native, she enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, and languages. Dr. Owens resides in Charleston, South Carolina with her young family.