Carolyn is an internationally known speaker and
author. She teaches graduate level courses on gifted education in America and
presents workshops for teachers all over the world. She is a frequent visitor to
Australia and her books are published in Australia by Hawker Brownlow Education.
John has been working as a teacher – primary and
secondary, for some 20 years, with an emphasis on special needs education –
particularly gifted education. John is now a full time education consultant,
working with students, parents, teachers and schools. Last year, John ended his
formal teaching career as the Director of the Curriculum Differentiation Project
in the Junior School of St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls and prior to that
was the inaugural Director of the Wyvern Centre for Extended Learning at Wesley
College. The great majority of his teaching experience has been in the state
sector, though he has also taught in the UK and Canada. John is the State
Coordinator of the outstanding "Macquarie Bank Future Problem Solving Program"
and is currently coaching some 18 teams in that competition. He is a past
president of the Gifted and Talented Children’s Association and is currently
their Education Advisor.
Allison Prandl is the mother of three gifted boys and has
been involved at St Simon Peter for the past 8 years. Allison has been a
committee member of GATCA and currently coaches a Future Problem Solving team at
Pauline taught in EDWA schools for 25 years, including working as the
program co-ordinator for the ATP Science Program at Kelmscott SHS. In 2000 she
moved to Murdoch College where she took on the roles of
Foundation Science Learning Area Coordinator, Dean of Students/Senior House
Coordinator. In 2004 she was a co-initiator of the GATE Program at Murdoch
Kylie Bice, B.A. Dip.Ed. Grad.Cert. (Learning
Difficulties), MEd. Recently completed Masters of Education in Learning
Difficulties at ECU. State finalist for the National Excellence in Teaching
Awards. One of two pioneer teachers at John Curtin College of the Arts jointly
responsible for setting up an innovative secondary Learning Support program that
addresses the particular learning needs of adolescents with learning
difficulties, including gifted students, and was the 2001 winner of the Norm
Hyde Award for pastoral care. Employed in 2003 as the Learning Support
Coordinator to set up a similar program in the secondary at St Stephen’s School
Richard Cavanagh is currently Principal of St Simon Peter
Catholic Primary school and is passionate about schools attempting to cater for
the diverse range of children’s talents. He believes in allowing teachers to be
risk takers and as Principal, attempts to resource their new initiatives in
supporting individual differences appropriately. A central part of his
philosophy is that schools and parents need to work together in mutual support
of children, particularly when the children are academically very able.
Rod has taught Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics
for the past fifteen years and has integrated appropriate technology into most
areas of his teaching, especially in conceptually challenging areas. He has been
actively involved in research into the use of Flexible Learning principles at
taught for 10 years in the
Mid West region and currently works at St Stephen’s School in Duncraig co-ordinating
programs for their gifted students in their Primary School. Derrin holds a
Certificate of Gifted Education (Distinction) from UNSW and also taught in the GERRIC Poppyseeds program in Sydney.
A member of the Gifted and Talented Children’s Association for a number of
years, she is currently the Vice President
In 2002 she started Thinking Ahead to offer extension and enrichment
workshops to gifted students during school holidays, support to their
parents and now increasingly provides professional learnign opportunities for
teachers and schools.
Mary Thomas has worked with
the Gifted and Talented children at St Simon Peter for the past 5 years. She has
a Bachelor of Education in Special Needs and has been a classroom teacher for 16
Jenny Originally trained as a secondary teacher and taught geography, society
and environment and music. In 1993 she gained a position teaching gifted and
talented children through the Primary Extension and Academic Challenge program.
Since 2000 she has been the PEAC Coordinator, initially of the Peel Education
District and with the amalgamation of districts in 2004, she is currently the
coordinator of 90 schools in the Fremantle -Peel Education District.