Director and Educator
Hi, I am passionate about providing children with the highest quality care and education in a nurturing setting. As research has proven the early years of our lives are the foundations for our future. I am completely committed to quality improvement and best practice. Especially with a focus on building children’s positive sense of identity and wellbeing so that they can achieve their highest potential in life. I love to spend time in nature and enjoy my work immensely.
Mandala has a Diploma in Children Services. She has been working in the Early Childhood field for 30 years. She has had extensive experience with Aboriginal Communities and in particular on the Tiwi Islands. Her experience includes Family Services Manager of a multifunctional Child and Family Centre, Director of a Long Day Care, Nutrition Program Manager, Teachers Aide and Early Childhood Educator. Mandala received a nomination for Inspirational Teachers in 2013 and was one of the National Finalists. She has also received a National Tidy Town Citizen of the year Award in 2004. Mandala has been a key speaker at the National Early Childhood Association Conference and presenter at the Honour Children Honour Equity Conference in Melbourne.
Mandala initiated the creation of the Bush tucker Living classroom in 2014 and continues to coordinate events, working bees, educatinal tours and guidance. Mandala has been the Director at Federal for the past 10 years.