* Neither the names nor the photos featured are of the actual children referenced.
Hannah’s social skills were lagging behind those of her 6th grade classmates, and she was lonely and friendless. One day she jumped up on a chair and shouted “Mouse! Mouse!” in an attempt to seek attention, though this backfired and distanced her classmates further. Prompted by the Hidden Sparks coach, her teacher began to look for Hannah’s strengths and noticed her creativity. The teacher began to provide Hannah with a prominent role in class activities that would highlight her creative strengths. With positive attention and well-earned praise, Hannah’s self esteem was built up and she was more cheerful and hopeful as she developed new friendships.