Social and Emotional Development


Lighting the Fire: Motivation and the Gifted Child

Friday, November 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 210 B

William Butler Yeats eloquently stated, "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." But, some kids leave us wondering where we can find a match! Join this presentation to explore current theories on motivation and how parents, educators, and counselors can help students harness their potential. How can intrinsic and extrinsic motivation be utilized to maximize success? What stands in the way of motivation for learners who seem to have the ability to do anything they would like to do? Leave this presentation with tools that are ready to use to help engage the disengaged gifted learner.

Emily Kircher-Morris

Licensed Professional Counselor
Unlimited Potential Counseling & Education Center

Emily Kircher-Morris is a licensed professional counselor specializing in providing therapy and cognitive assessment to high-ability, identified gifted, and multi-exceptional learners. She is the owner of Unlimited Potential Counseling and Education Center in O’Fallon, MO. Prior to entering private practice, Emily worked in several area school districts as both a facilitator of gifted programming and a school counselor at the elementary and middle school levels. Emily has earned an M.A. in Education with Certification in Gifted (Lindenwood University, 2003) and an M.Ed. in Counseling and Family Therapy (University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2010).

In addition to providing counseling services to high-ability learners, Emily provides professional development and training to teachers, counselors, and mental health professionals on meeting the needs of gifted and multi-exceptional learners. She is also the founder and president of the Gifted Support Network, a nonprofit in the St. Louis area dedicated to providing information, connection, and enrichment to high-ability learners and their families.


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