Who We Are

Carolyn Giles

Carolyn is an innovative educator who has expertise in the design of differentiated educational learning programs for gifted and talented students, specialising in the preparation and implementation of programs to meet individual learning needs.

She has advised senior management and stakeholders to guide the direction of schools’ gifted policy; delivered professional development both nationally and internationally; implemented twenty-first century learning opportunities through technological applications in learning environments, and has been a thought leader in developing innovative strategies to support the wider gifted community encompassing parents and educators.

Carolyn has a vision for Australia to lead the way in spearheading innovation and thought leadership to address the needs of gifted students and brings her skill-set to the role of Executive Director Education Innovation & Technology. In line with her vision Carolyn is currently working towards achieving her Doctoral Studies in Educational research.

carolyn@borntosoar.com.au

 

Dr Anne Grant

Dr Anne Grant has taught in the early childhood field, at both pre-school and primary level, for many years, working with children who have a range of abilities from those identified as gifted through to children with severe developmental delay.

Her research has been on the topics of how parents identify their own child as gifted and how giftedness influences children in making a successful transition from one learning environment to the next.

She is a co-author of the DEECD Resource “Making a Difference for Young Gifted and Talented Children” and provided the foundation content for the Raising Children Network online material on Raising Gifted Children. Anne was invited to participate in an Expert Reference Group on the education of gifted and talented children convened by Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET).

She has taught Gifted Education subjects at a Masters level for more than 5 years in the University of Melbourne and is currently involved in preservice teacher education at Deakin University.

As well as writing on the educational needs of young gifted children, Anne is involved in providing teacher in-service sessions for the Victorian DET on meeting the needs of young gifted children in the classroom. She has published in both national and international journals on the topic of young gifted children and presented on these topics at conferences in Australia and internationally.

anne@borntosoar.com.au

Jenny Jones

 

Jenny is a strategic and forward thinking business executive with MBA credentials. She has over 25 years of experience as a Board advisor and has a strong background and breadth of knowledge in business, Government, education, governance, risk and finance.

She has developed and executed complex management and transformational change agendas; taken organisations from inception through to sustainable competitive businesses;developed and implemented strategiesto support business innovation, wealth creation, competitive differentiation and business repositioning both nationally and internationally. And has successfully overseen concurrent multimillion dollar projects and assets, mergers and acquisitions.

Jenny brings a sound change management expertise, innovative mind set and an entrepreneurial attitude, vision and creativity to the role of Executive Director Finance & Governance.

jenny@borntosoar.com.au

 

 

What We Do

Born to Soar are specialists in gifted education. Our approach is unique in that it takes a global perspective in the education and the support of students, parents, schools and teachers.

Our student courses are designed to specifically address the mind of a gifted thinker, to be challenging and fast-paced while allowing for a deep, rich exploration of concepts and ideas.  Courses are aligned to the Australian Curriculum and can be undertaken at school or at home.

As teachers and parents of gifted children, Born to Soar’s founders appreciate the importance of providing a learning that engages the gifted mind and meets their need to learn, to learn about learning and to be taught at their Zone of Proximal Development.

Born to Soar is more than a coaching clinic or an enrichment or holiday provider for gifted students. Our uniqueness extends to meeting the needs of the whole child. Mentoring students individually or in small groups of like-minded intellect are offered in order to address the gifted child’s needs cognitively and emotionally. Our classes are small a maximum of 15 students in face to face classes and only 4 students in our real–time virtual interactive classes where a qualified teacher works online with students who could be from your own neighbourhood or a global environment.

Our uniqueness extends as we also offer a range of services to assist in identifying giftedness which can be accessed by parents as well as teachers. Our parent seminars support parental understanding of living with and educating a gifted child; while support for schools is addressed by a suite of professional development services that address aspects of gifted education.

Our comprehensive gifted and talented offerings include:

Testing and Assessment for students

Face to Face Courses

Interactive virtual classrooms

School Courses

Professional Development for teachers & schools

Indicators of Giftedness

Centre for Gifted & Talented Education