It finds the gifted to the school

News 21 January, 2018
  • Photo Ben Pelosse
    From January 2017, Emilie Rouaud develops educational projects for classes of gifted pupils at the école Paul-Gérin-Lajoie, Montreal.

    Benoît Philie

    Sunday, 21 January 2018 01:00

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    Bright and passionate, but for a long time unable to keep their jobs and to feel good among others in the professional world… Emilie Rouaud has spent years wondering what was wrong with it. Until the day she learned that she was talented and decided to help his fellow young people.

    “There really have been 3, 4 years in my early twenties where everything was itchy… I was wondering : what is it that I am not doing correctly ? What I don’t understand ? evokes the French 28-year-old. Then, one day, I discovered giftedness, and it has become my passion. “

    The Journal recounted yesterday the story of two young gifted school path, in the teeth of a saw that don’t find their account on the school bench.

    Young, Mrs. Rouaud was also faster than the others and was bored in class. She learned to read and write faster than her peers and had to skip the sixth year, as she was not training to make efforts.

    In 2006, at the age of 16 years, she came to Quebec to do a bachelor of international studies at the University of Montreal (UdeM).

    “I said to myself that I was simply in advance. For me, it was normal, and until then, everything was going well, ” remembers the young woman.

    A disaster

    Then, in early twenties, she decided to return to France to work.

    “It has been the disaster. I didn’t know what to do with my life, I no longer knew who I was and what I wanted. In my country, the system is very hierarchical and it was not working with me. I felt like a ufo, ” she said.

    It has gone from one job to another, communications, catering, real estate, and has also attempted a return to school. Each time, she caught difficulties.

    “I always felt that I was not at my place, and that something was not right, either with the bosses, the colleagues or the working environment,” adds Ms. Rouaud.

    It had a lot of trouble accepting the established order, especially when things were made of ways to be ineffective in his eyes, as work schedules.

    Then, one day, his mother offered him the book, Difference and suffering of the adult gifted, the author Cécile Bost.

    “I felt concerned and I started to think that maybe it was me the problem, but I haven’t been away,” she said.

    In 2014, she obtained a job at a summer camp for gifted children in France, without knowing where it would lead.

    “It was the most beautiful experience of my life. All of a sudden, I was in my element, I loved all the world, there was an immediate recognition with gifted children… I find them exciting, interesting, deep, and genuine “, she says with enthusiasm.

    A passion

    His world became more ” easy “, she said, and this in spite of a salary to a minimum and schedules are intense.

    “It was like falling in love. I discovered my passion for 25 years. And since then, I trace my path to help children with high potential. “

    In 2016, at the age of 26 years, she has been doing her psychological assessment with a specialist confirmed his giftedness.

    She then returned to Quebec and began a master’s degree in educational psychology at the University on the success and experience school of gifted students.

    “My goal is to identify and nurture intellectually,” she said.

    In the special program of the secondary school, Paul-Gérin-Lajoie, Outremont, his team of mentors and accompany the youth in their work.