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The next Holiday program will be held October
4 – 7

 Presenters

Carolyn Coil   
John Bailey 
Kylie Bice
Jenny Burton
Richard Cavanagh
Pauline Charman
Derrin Cramer
Rod Manson
Allison Prandl
Mary Thomas

Carolyn Coil
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.

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John Bailey
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.

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Allison Prandl
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 SSP.

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Pauline Charman
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 College.

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Kylie Bice
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 in Duncraig.

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Richard Cavanagh
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.

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Rod Manson
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 Wesley College.

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Derrin Cramer
Derrin Cramer  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.

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Mary Thomas
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 years.

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Jenny Burton
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.

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