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Who are we and what do we do?

Central Region Gifted Network is a regional group based in Palmerston North set up to provide educators and professionals of all sectors opportunities for network support and professional development. Some topics are also open to families and students. We aim to meet twice per term to enable educators and professionals to share their concerns, experiences, and successes, and families to learn more about all things gifted! We are passionate about incorporating student voice and this is a regular part of our sessions.

CenGATE co-ordinators

Pearl Naulder

Pearl is a Ministry accredited provider of PLD.  She is an online tutor for REACH's Certificate of Effective Practice in Gifted Education. Pearl was also a Ministry-funded Schools Adviser; Gifted and Talented Education, Massey University. She has also been local and national president of NZAGC.

                          Dr Heather Meikle

Jo Dean
Jo Dean is currently an Early Childhood Lecturer at Universal College of Learning, Palmerston North. She has also held a similar position at Massey University. Jo is an Early Childhood trained teacher and regularly works alongside teachers, young children with gifted characteristics and their parents. Jo is currently undertaking her PhD, which is investigating ‘How young children and teachers co-create meaning when art installations serve as a catalyst for aesthetic exploration’.  Jo serves on the board of giftEDnz, The Professional Association for Gifted Education in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Suzanne Smith

Suzanne works part time as GATE Co-ordinator at Russell Street School, Palmerston North.  She was formerly a teacher at the Gifted and Talented Education Centre in its first few years of development in Manawatu. Suzanne works with individuals, schools, and whanau on their GATE journey. She is passionate about twice exceptional gifted learners, and challenging students’ thinking and helping them to understand more about themselves as a learner.  Suzanne is currently pursuing her Advance Practice Certificate in Philosophy 4 Children (P4C).

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