Rebecca is the director of Gifted Pathways, and one of Australia's most passionate and qualified gifted education experts. She is a registered teacher and gifted education coordinator in the Independent school sector, specialising in children aged 5-17. She has made significant contributions to supporting gifted children as a founding board member of Australia's first gifted school, and a board member of Australian gifted and talented associations. She is an authority on giftedness, with a background in working with families in urban and rural settings in Canada and Australia. Having lived in three different countries means she effectively interacts with people of different cultural backgrounds.
Dr Napier's practical experience and research findings have been broadly supported by a number of institutions including Flinders University, Australian Mensa, Debating SA, Oliphant Science Awards, Tournament of Minds, Chess SA, and ABC Australia. In 2018, she presented findings on giftedness and friendship, appearing with the Australian Prime Minister in the documentary series Making Child Prodigies. Since 2001, her main mission has been the practical application of research into learning, development, philosophy, mental health, and wellbeing for children.
She holds several degrees from American and Australian universities. She received her Master of Educational Management and Leadership from the University of South Australia, 2006; Master of Education (Special Education with a focus on Gifted Education) from Flinders University, 2010; and a PhD in Gifted Education researching the career development of gifted adolescent girls from Flinders University. She is a Fellow of the Harvard Institute of Coaching, and a member of CoachVille.
She is the mother of two highly gifted young adults, bringing personal experience navigating twice-exceptionality and acceleration in international contexts. You can be sure that Rebecca is committed and able to bring high quality, personalised services to you and your family.