Lecturer B.Ed- The Early Years, University of Wollongong

I am a lecturer in the Bachelor of Education - The Early Years degree. I also coordinate the Professional Partners in Practice (PPP) mentoring program and provide organisational support for students enrolled in the flexible B.Ed EY degree. Prior to completing PhD research at the University of Wollongong, I previously served as a preschool teacher and director for 22 years and as a project officer with Community Child-care Cooperative NSW. It is very important to me that the research I undertake is relevant and accessible to early childhood practitioners and pre-service teachers.
My research interests focus on early childhood visual arts education, John Dewey’s philosophy and the Reggio Emilia educational project. Awards received include: IER NSW Best Applied Research Project (2014); Jean Denton Memorial Scholarship (2011); ACE award for Outstanding Achievement in Education (2008); REAIE scholarship (2008); CeeCees Advocacy Award (2007).

Experience

  • 2014–2016
    Lecturer (early Years Coordinator), University of Wollongong
  • 2009–2012
    Project Officer, Community Child Care Co-operative

Education

  • 2002 
    University of Southern Queensland, Bachelor of Education Studies with Distinction
  • 1989 
    University of Southern Queensland, Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) with Distinction

Publications

  • 2012
    The transformation of an educator., The Challenge: research for a new culture of childhood.
  • 2009
    A blueprint for beauty., The Challenge: research for a new culture of childhood.
  • 2008
    More questions than answers., The Challenge: research for a new culture of childhood.
  • 2008
    REAIE Study Grant: reflecting on the opportunity., The Challenge: research for a new culture of childhood.
  • 2008
    If this is quality and we want it to be like this for us:" how can we make it happen?, The Challenge: research for a new culture of childhood.
  • 2008
    We are the symphony: playing the song of the child., The Challenge: research for a new culture of childhood.