Aline Majado

Aline is an education sector professional with 17 years of experience working across different sector levels; from early childhood to middle years, high school and vocational education. Aline has a background in art-education and has worked with welfare projects to support closing the gap of access to the arts in low socioeconomic areas in South America.

Aline has extensive experience in vocational training and has held roles such as trainer and assessor, work placement coordinator and RTO operations manager for independent and not-for-profit Registered Training Organisations.

Andrea Takoushis

Andrea has an Early Childhood Education & Care Diploma (TAFE) and is due to complete a Bachelor of Education – Early Childhood (Sydney University) in 2020.

She has over 29 years’ diverse experience working with children and young people, including area manager for YMCA Sydney, OOSH director, plus long day care and preschool experience. Andrea also has extensive management experience as an OOSH owner and director where she lead a team of staff in the education and care of a 275 place Centre. 

In her various roles she has developed high level experience in leadership, mentoring staff, ensuring compliance and quality education and care.

Catherine Fraser

Catherine Fraser has been a teacher and director in early and middle childhood services for 25 years, working across the sector in long day care, preschool and primary school. Her extensive experience and subsequent strengths as a director have led to a passionate focus on delivering training in areas of team building, change management, communication and leadership.

Catherine has a strong commitment and belief in inclusive education for children and families with additional needs. She has a passion for the wellbeing of early childhood educators and an approach to common sense problem solving and communication. Catherine has a Diploma of Teaching, Early Childhood from UWS.

Catherine Lee

Catherine has a background in a diverse range of children’s services and teaching at NSW TAFE. She is currently a teaching director at a community based preschool and brings many years of expertise from the early childhood profession.

With interests in art, sustainability, inclusion of Aboriginal culture, reconciliation, relationships and learning environments, Catherine delivers high quality training with passion.

Debra Williams

Debra has been working in the early childhood education and care sector for over 35 years in a variety of capacities including as consultant, facilitator, adviser, lecturer, director, manager and publisher.

She holds a Degree in Education, a Diploma of Management and Graduate Certificate in Research and is currently completing a PhD exploring educator perspectives in the implementation of critical reflection as part of the National Quality Standard for early education and care.

Helen Thornton

Helen is a highly motivated individual with a broad background and training as a teacher, director, coordinator, lecturer, consultant, mentor, trainer and presenter. Helen has more than 30 years’ experience working in education, in Australia and the UK.

Helen has a particular interest in advocacy, mentoring, early childhood, positive leadership, inter-generational opportunities, mental health and well-being, in addition to recognising the importance of strong support and professional networks within communities. She has a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Diploma in Education (London University), Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management CHC 60312, and Cert IV in Training and Assessment TAE 40110.

Jenny Hind

Jenny currently manages a community preschool and has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management, Cert IV TAE and over 30 years experience teaching and learning in early childhood and adult education settings.

Jenny believes that we gain knowledge best when we are in supportive environments where people are valued, and learning is enjoyable. Much of Jenny’s career has evolved from working with children with inclusion support needs and she delights in the joy of each child’s development in settings with respectful family involvement.

Karen Roberts

Karen has been an early childhood professional for 42 years. She holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and Master of Early Childhood (Special Education). Karen has worked as a teacher, director, special educator, TAFE teacher, trainer, as well as being a guest university lecturer and tutor. She is currently employed as a Manager of Children’s Services for local government, and is also a self- employed writer, trainer and consultant.

Her areas of interest and expertise include children’s rights, child protection, positive behaviour guidance, and inclusion, as well as communication, relationships and team building.

Karthika Viknarasah

Karthika had a successful career as an accountant before following her passion to the early childhood sector. She has worked as an educator, early childhood teacher and director in long day care and OOSH services. She holds a Master of Teaching degree and a Master of Educational Leadership degree and is a NESA Early Childhood Teacher Accreditation Supervisor.
Karthika is the recipient of the national “New Voice in Educational Leadership” award from ACECQA and the Australian Council of Educational Leaders. She is also the recipient of the Elizabeth Brennan Scholarship from the University of Sydney.
As an advocate for children, families, educators and providers, Karthika has served on the board of a number of committees, peak bodies, community organisations and government advisory panels. 

Kerrie Maguire

Kerrie Maguire has been working in children’s services for over 20 years. During this time, she has fostered a passionate belief in the significance educators have in the lives of the children they work with. She is a resourceful problem-solver with a broad skill base across early childhood learning and development.

Kerrie’s focus is on practice, programming, documenting, effective communication and team building, in long day care, preschool, OSHC and mobile children’s services. She is a highly experienced facilitator who has successfully delivered training across a range of methods such as face-to-face and webinar.

Combined with a deep understanding of the National Quality Framework, Learning Frameworks and Supplementary regulations, she possesses the ability to provide effective one-on-one advisory support, mentoring and training.

Louise Black

With a background in local government as a teacher director, and as a validator and trainer with the National Child Care Accreditation Council, Louise Black brings many years of sector experience. She is an integral part of the Learning and Development team at CELA and specialises in quality assurance and training needs analysis across all service types.

Louise designs customised training to meet the specific needs of individual educators and teams. Louise also leads the CELA Little Scientists program and is passionate about the professional growth of educators.

Louise Murphet

Louise brings a wealth of sector experience from working in early childhood education as an administrator, educator, teacher and director and more recently as a facilitator and trainer of adults. She believes that a lifetime of learning starts at birth and that this can be enhanced by quality early childhood educators.

Louise has led her team through two assessment and ratings to Exceeding the NQS and supports and mentors other educators, committees, owners and services to achieve their best.

Maria Rositano

Maria has over 20 years experience in early childhood educatinon including long day care, family day care, before and after school care and preschools. She has worked in diverse roles including room leader, director, area manager and quality assurance officer and has worked for the Department of Education as an assessment and compliance officer.

She has extensive experience with implementing and guiding the program and mentoring a team of educators to actively contribute to a service’s QIP and self assessment cycle. Other areas of interest and strength are operational audits, policy writing and educator training.

Penny Birdsall

Penny is an early childhood professional with over 25 years experience in a variety of settings in both New South Wales and Queensland. She has been an early childhood teacher, director, manager, tutor and adult education assessor and trainer within the TAFE system. She has worked for community-based, council, private and large non-profit organisations. She is also a qualified yoga teacher.

Penny is passionate about exploring environments and the benefits of nature play for children and how this relates to their well-being.

She is very versatile, with a broad range of knowledge in many areas including the NQF and EYLF.

Tracey Sharp

Tracey has been involved in the early childhood sector for the last twenty years in a variety of roles including teacher, director, area manager and consultant. Tracey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching (Early Childhood Education), a Bachelor of Interior Architecture with Honours, an Associate Diploma in Social Science (Child Studies) and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

She is incredibly passionate about children’s rights, the experiences they have and their emotional well-being. She believes that the physical environment that is presented to children can impact on the experiences they have and their learning outcomes.

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