The Real Deal—OEs in the Classroom

By Summer Cowick

As a teacher of gifted students for more years than I care to count, I've had numerous students who displayed overexcitabilities. Through a lot of trial and error, we found way to manage them. This session will offer up ways to engage, support and enrich your gifted students and children while respecting their neurodivergence.


Summer Cowick. A St. Louis native, Summer is an educator with over 15 years in the classroom, over half of that time specifically working with gifted students in Fort Bragg, North Carolina and the Kansas City metropolitan area.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from University of Central Missouri and a Master’s degree in Gifted Education, from Emporia State University, she has worked, exclusively in low-income and Title 1 schools serving students in suburban and urban settings. Her expertise lies in the areas of identification-particularly of underrepresented populations such as Hispanic and African-American students—and Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities.

As an educator she sees areas in need of support of high achievers, their needs and how to meet them, Summer focuses on quick and simple take-aways by giving information that can be applied immediately to everyday teaching strategies and philosophies in all settings. Summer offers services via her coaching practice Brilliant and Then Some.