Our Founding Members

Dr. SHIRLEY KOKOT

BA (Hons) BEd (SG), Med (Counselling) DEd, STD

Professor Shirley Kokot was responsible for teacher training programmes in Gifted Child Education and Special Needs Education at UNISA for over twenty years. She is associated with UNISA as a Research Fellow and is still responsible for a certificate course in Gifted Child Education. Concurrent with her academic duties, she practiced as an Educational Psychologist. She heads the Centre for Integrated Learning Therapy (ILT) in Cape Town www.ilt.co.za, which helps children with neurodevelopmental concerns and learning disabilities. Her primary involvement is training teachers and other helping professionals learn to understand and treat the root causes of learning difficulties. She is the President of the National Association for Gifted and Talented Children in South Africa and a delegate to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. She served on the Executive Committee of this organisation for 10 years and was the 2007 recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Service to gifted education. The teaching approach at Radford House is the result of her research into ‘best practices’ that she gleaned during many visits to many different programmes in the USA, Europe and beyond and well as interaction with her colleagues in this field from over 50 countries around the world. Shirley has published many journal articles as well as two books on gifted education. Their titles are: Understanding giftedness: A South African perspective, and Help, our child is gifted.

MICHAEL KOKOT

MSc, MBL

Michael Kokot contributed his administrative and financial skills to the development of Radford House. He has a keen interest in education and co-authored a book (“The adventures of Whackles”) with Shirley which aims at developing thinking skills in young children. As an Advanced Toastmaster (ATM) he offered many courses in public speaking to both primary and high school learners in Gauteng. After retiring as head of the Forensic Chemistry Laboratory of the Department of Health in Johannesburg, he has taken over the administration of the Centre for Integrated Learning Therapy (ILT).

Phillip

PHILIP KOKOT

B.Com (Econ & Mgnt), PGCE

Philip Kokot has been the School Principal and driving force behind Radford House since 1996 - describing his occupation as "a combination of plumber, psychologist, teacher, clown and administrator". Known throughout as "Mr K.", he regularly teaches mathematics, science, and history, and especially enjoys presenting enrichment courses to pupils of all ages. A South African Delegate to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, Mr K has become a well-known speaker on the topics of giftedness, critical thinking, and educational innovation, and is an active advocate for the development and advancement of the field of gifted education.

Dr. SHIRLEY KOKOT

BA (Hons) BEd (SG), Med (Counselling) DEd, STD

Professor Shirley Kokot was responsible for teacher training programmes in Gifted Child Education and Special Needs Education at UNISA for over twenty years. She is associated with UNISA as a Research Fellow and is still responsible for a certificate course in Gifted Child Education.

Concurrent with her academic duties, she practiced as an Educational Psychologist. She heads the Centre for Integrated Learning Therapy (ILT) in Cape Town www.ilt.co.za, which helps children with neurodevelopmental concerns and learning disabilities. Her primary involvement is training teachers and other helping professionals learn to understand and treat the root causes of learning difficulties.

She is the President of the National Association for Gifted and Talented Children in South Africa and a delegate to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. She served on the Executive Committee of this organisation for 10 years and was the 2007 recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Service to gifted education.

The teaching approach at Radford House is the result of her research into ‘best practices’ that she gleaned during many visits to many different programmes in the USA, Europe and beyond and well as interaction with her colleagues in this field from over 50 countries around the world.

Shirley has published many journal articles as well as two books on gifted education.

Their titles are: Understanding giftedness: A South African perspective, and Help, our child is gifted.

MICHAEL KOKOT

MSc, MBL

Michael Kokot contributed his administrative and financial skills to the development of Radford House. He has a keen interest in education and co-authored a book (“The adventures of Whackles”) with Shirley which aims at developing thinking skills in young children.

As an Advanced Toastmaster (ATM) he offered many courses in public speaking to both primary and high school learners in Gauteng.

After retiring as head of the Forensic Chemistry Laboratory of the Department of Health in Johannesburg, he has taken over the administration of the Centre for Integrated Learning Therapy (ILT).

Phillip

PHILIP KOKOT

B.Com (Econ & Mgnt), PGCE

Philip Kokot has been the School Principal and driving force behind Radford House since 1996 – describing his occupation as “a combination of plumber, psychologist, teacher, clown and administrator”. Known throughout as “Mr K.”, he regularly teaches mathematics, science, and history, and especially enjoys presenting enrichment courses to pupils of all ages.

A South African Delegate to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, Mr K has become a well-known speaker on the topics of giftedness, critical thinking, and educational innovation, and is an active advocate for the development and advancement of the field of gifted education.