Dr. Melanie Hayes

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help gifted and twice exceptional persons find their niche and work to their strengths. She is a nationally recognized expert in the needs of gifted/2e persons and coaches a wide range of clients to help them thrive. Dr. Hayes holds a doctorate in educational leadership with a focus on giftedness and twice exceptionality. She is a GHF: Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Ambassador and Board Member and a SENG Parent Facilitator. Dr. Hayes also created Big Minds Unschool, a school for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She recently received the Jefferson Award for Public Service for her work with 2e persons and is a past winner of Comcast’s Innovations for Entrepreneurs contest for using technology to overcome educational roadblocks with 2e students. Big Minds will also be featured in the upcoming documentary, The G-Word. 

Dr. Hayes is passionate about creating a world where gifted/2e people are understood, supported, and honored for their unique gifts. She also has 2e twins, so is intimately familiar with the joys and hardships of raising and educating exceptional children. You can learn more about her from her book We Tried Normal: 2e Family Stories.

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