[BQ Hero Series] Making School Engaging, with Nicole Tetreault

Welcome back to the Bright & Quirky Hero Series, a series of videos celebrating bright and quirky adults.

In this vlog, Nicole Tetreault, PhD, neuroscientist and author of Insight Into a Bright Mind: A Neuroscientist's Personal Stories of Unique Thinking, shares her academic experience as a 2e student.

It wasn’t until college that academics finally “clicked” for her. Now, Nicole’s greatest wish is that children don’t have to wait that long to have an open, positive experience in school.

Take a listen to hear her thoughts on how parents and teachers can shift their perspectives.

What's bubbling up for you after hearing this vlog? Let us know in the comments section below.


  1. Tin on October 15, 2021 at 4:31 am

    After we understand we should not force them to fit the box, what do we do after? Is homeschooling the best result? If homeschooling isn’t an option during the mean time, what do we do besides taking them to explore what they enjoy on the weekends? What do we ask teachers to help during school, because they still do spend a chunk of time not been engaged?

  2. Sharon on October 15, 2021 at 7:21 am

    I see Dr. Tetrault’s point; young minds need their strengths acknowledged when they are more impressionable to help build confidence and resilience. I so wish mainstream education would shift more towards individual abilities/strengths, acceptance, choice. I wish educational models would teach a child how (insert pronoun) will flourish in the world as who they are rather than trying to change a child to be a mainstream person. A tall order – but hopefully we can collectively move in this direction.

  3. Diane on October 15, 2021 at 9:21 am

    I second Sharon’s comment. Does anyone know what types of schools are already doing this? So many times schools hear of a diagnosis and then assume less than and marginalize, meanwhile the child has unbelievable strengths that get overlooked. Parents have to fight too hard for this. It’s exhausting. Many parents do not even think about it, they just let the schools take care of their child’s education. Big mistake.

    • Damir on October 15, 2021 at 1:31 pm

      The school we are trying for our 16 yr old son is called Clonlara based in Ann Arbor Michigan and it has both on-site and distance programs. Our son is able to build his own education based on his strengths and passions.

  4. Maria Isabel De Rubiera on October 15, 2021 at 10:12 am

    What Dr. Tetrault’s talking has moved many things in myself. She is a young woman. I am grand mother and the disparities in my school years through a catholic school was clearly huge and immerse in the square box of stigmas and paradigms besides the square walls of the cube we, the students, were inside. I really love the way nowadays that people like all of you, specialists and professionals have recognized their own issues, obstacles and frustration during their own school transit and found the ideal profession to push forward parents to believe, discover and encourage their children potential and strengths. Thank you so much for bringing light to the future respecting the individuality, the creativity, the projection of every 2e student but also for those that do not know about the difference yet.

  5. Jenna on October 15, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    As a parent of a 2e kid, I feel I have recognized my child’s strengths since before he entered school, but there are not many educational models to truly support 2e kids in our area. Unless you are a stay at home parent who can provide home schooling or have a lot of financial resources for all the extra things that may be needed to fill in those blank spots left in a more traditional school setting, it is very difficult to do what Dr. Tetreault is talking about. Just recognizing the need is only the tip of the iceberg, finding true working solutions is the hard part.

  6. Mousie on October 18, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    I think the whole education system needs to be changed, in order to support the teachers to have that mind shift. If they are taking time to find out each child’s strengths and not able to finish the curriculum, I think some parents will be unhappy about it. Teachers have a lot on their plates. They need to adapt daily to 20-40 different personalities, be an educator, an administrator, a counsellor, have to work with parents, and in the time of COVID, a contact tracer, health sentinel, …… there needs to be support from the top, systemic change, otherwise we will always be saying what we know to be true to develop healthy children, but we cannot execute it.

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