Below you’ll find some information relating to our team. Peter, Jenny, Kylie, Matthew and Kate are the founding members of Gifted WA, and in 2018 we are excited to be joined by Claire, Trixi and Kim. We work together to ensure that the organisation runs according to its goals. Many of us have qualifications specialising in giftedness, and as a team, our expertise spans all areas relating to gifted young people and their academic and psychosocial needs.
The organisation has at least one representative who has extensive knowledge in the following areas: gifted education in public schools (including PEAC and GATE programs), private schools, and/or the Catholic sector; the role of gifted education in independent schools; gifted students with special needs; academic research; and childhood and adolescent mental health in relation to gifted and twice-exceptional children and adolescents.
We are incredibly grateful to our many other volunteers who help to form sub-committees focusing on areas such as advocacy and event planning. We would not be able to function without the support of these wonderful individuals.
If you are interested in joining us and think you might be able to help, we’d love to hear from you!
Kylie Bice is an experienced Education Consultant with Growing Up Greatness, specialising in gifted education, differentiation, thinking skills, and educating diverse student groups. Kylie is an award-winning teacher and scholar and was previously the Senior Inclusive and Gifted Education Consultant at the Association of Independent Schools of WA. Kylie has many years of experience working with gifted and talented students in government and non-government schools, and works with schools to examine and improve their practice, policies and processes in order to better support and challenge students of all abilities.
Jennifer Burton is the Dean of Academic Excellence at Comet Bay College. During her long and distinguished career as a teacher, Jenny has taught a wide variety of subjects to early years, primary and secondary school students. Gifted and Talented education has been her passion for the past twenty years. In addition to her teaching duties, Jenny has extensive experience in delivering professional development to district, state and interstate audiences. A level 3 classroom teacher, Jenny has completed a Certificate of Gifted Education from the University of New South Wales, and in 2012 was recognised as the WA Premier’s Secondary Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Kate Burton
Kate is a psychotherapist specialising in the assessment and therapeutic support of gifted and creative children, adolescents and adults. She additionally advises schools in relation to the psychosocial well-being of gifted students. Kate’s doctoral research examined giftedness in relation to trauma theory, addiction and self-destructive behaviour. Her current research interests include acceleration, anxiety, perfectionism, twice-exceptionality and mitigating trauma in educational settings. Her private practice, Alchemy Therapy, is based at St. Francis Medical Centre in Subiaco.
Dean Tollis is Organisational Change Manager at Woodside Energy Ltd, he has an interest in Gifted Education and the needs of children, parents and educators. He joined Gifted WA to provide leadership and advocacy for the needs fo gifted children in WA. Dean holds a Bachelor of Business with a Double Major in Finance and Economics.
Prof. Peter Merrotsy
Peter Merrotsy is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at The University of Western Australia. Previously, he enjoyed eighteen years¹ experience as a teacher and head teacher of Mathematics in rural New South Wales, during which time he completed his doctorate on curriculum for gifted students. Prior to being appointed to UWA, Peter lectured in the School of Education at the University of New England. Peter has written over 120 articles and papers for journals, book chapters and conferences.
Dr. Claire Molinari
Claire Molinari is the Director of the Centre for Excellence at Christ Church Grammar School and a teacher of Chemistry. She has a research background in Biochemistry and taught undergraduate courses at UWA prior to starting secondary teaching. She has a passion for gifted education and is currently studying a Certificate of Gifted Education from the University of New South Wales.
Trixi Oldfield is a multinational award winning journalist with two gifted sons and a passion for the emotional wellbeing of gifted children. For 20 years she’s worked in newspapers and radio, predominantly the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. With both journalism and contemporary performance degrees under her belt, she’s also performed or worked in Perth’s arts scenes from PIAF, to the world puppetry festival, and taught design and performance in schools, as well as consistently volunteered in educational settings. Trixi now works freelance with various organisations. She aims to help Gifted WA promote awareness, understanding and connection in relation to giftedness.