A student I taught in a couple of different grades struggled a lot.
That student was never near the top of the class in elementary school.
With determination, lots of love, a focus on building her areas of interest and friendships, and a family that didn't give up on her, she succeeded. She succeed through grade school, middle school, high school, college, and graduate school. Now she has a good job.
We could have labeled this child long ago.
We could have decided that she would never become anything.
We could have given up.
But nobody did because people were wise enough to know that if a child is nurtured with positivity and love that child will succeed in his or her own right. They will find a way to their passions and interests, and make a good life for themselves.
The worst thing we can do for any child is to label that child too early or to give up on that child. In life who you are is what you do, and when a child or anyone of us steadily moves forward, we will find the paths we are meant to travel.