A Bit About Us

Dr. Sandra Lea-Wood established The CHIP Centre, Geelong, in 1995. Since that time, the Centre has been supporting children of high intellectual potential, their families and schools throughout the Barwon South West region of Victoria.

The CHIP Centre, Geelong is an accredited service provider for the Department of Education and Training (DET) in the areas of assessment and professional development.

CHIP Geelong Child With Orienteering Map

Meet The Team



DR. SANDRA LEA-WOOD PhD, M.Ed (Gifted), B.Ed(Special Ed)

Dr Sandra Lea-Wood is Manager of The CHIP Centre, Geelong. Sandra has a doctorate from the University of Melbourne and has been involved in gifted education as a teacher, consultant and lecturer for 24 years. She has been a sessional lecturer for the University of Melbourne and a guest lecturer at the University of Ballarat and the Certificate of Gifted Education from the University of New South Wales.

She has also presented at national and international conferences and published in the prestigious Roeper Review. In June 2004, Sandra presented research findings at the Wallace Symposium for talent development in the USA. In 2006, she was adjunct professor at the City University of New York in the Gifted Certificate Extension for teachers who work with gifted and talented children. Subsequently, Sandra was asked to author the chapter on Gifted Education in Australia for the Encyclopaedia of Giftedness in 2009.

MEG BRANSON MEd(Gifted Ed), MEd, BTeach(Hons), BComm/BA
Assistant Manager

Meg is the Assistant Manager of The CHIP Centre, Geelong. In 2016, she completed a Master of Education from Monash University, specialising in gifted education, with her thesis focusing on giftedness in the early years. Meg has organised several parent and teacher forums for the CHIP Family Support Group.

This aligns with her passion for providing professional development opportunities for educators and pre-service teachers in various aspects of giftedness; including identification, curriculum design and the uneven (asynchronous) development of these special children. Meg’s many years of experience as a primary school teacher, combined with parenting her very own CHIP, enables her to develop authentic relationships with both schools and families of children of high intellectual potential.

CHIP Meg Branson

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