Debra Williams is passionate about Early Childhood as a foundation for a child’s life and has been working in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector for over 35 years in a variety of capacities including as Validator, Consultant, Lecturer, Facilitator, Adviser, Publisher, Director and Manager.
Debra has been employed at Hillsong since November 2003.
She holds both a degree and postgraduate qualifications in Education, ECT NESA accreditation, Diploma of Management and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and in the past few years has been on a journey of exploring educator perspectives in the implementation of critical reflection as part of the National Quality Standard for Early Education and Care through a PhD.
Sandra Ludlow is the Course Convenor for the early childhood programs at Avondale University College and a Senior lecturer in the School of Education.
During her teaching career Sandra has been a lecturer, director and teacher of several long day care centres, an infant (K-Yr 2) teacher, and a sole charge, (K-Yr 6) principal/teacher. Throughout all of these roles Sandra has maintained a passionate interest in emergent curriculum in both infant & preschool classrooms and in nurturing young children’s spiritual awareness, faith formation and biblical knowledge through the Biblical curriculum
Karen Petrie is the Project Officer – Early Childhood, providing support, mentoring, and training to Long Day Care Services, School-based Kindergartens and Outside Schools Hours Care for Seventh-day Adventist Schools Queensland.
Karen has worked in the early childhood sector for over 18 years mainly serving as a Director. She obtained a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2005 and completed her Bachelor of Education (0-5 years) through Avondale College/Charles Sturt University in 2016. Karen also has a Diploma of Management and a Certificate lV in Training and Assessment.
Karen has an incredible love and passion for the early years and sharing Jesus through a strong Christian ethos. Including having three grown sons of her own, she also fostered young children for many years and is the proud grandmother to two beautiful grandsons.
Karen is passionate about inspiring individuals and teams through mentoring and support to help them thrive and to be recognised as valued and respected professional educators.
Karen also endorses the importance of quality training, professional development and mentoring for early childhood educators to ensure delivery of high-quality education and care.
Yvette Wynne is the Mission Development Manager at Integricare which runs high quality Christian Early Childhood Centres among other activities.
She has completed her Masters in Christian Leadership, Bachelor Degree in Science, Chaplaincy and Childcare certificates.
She has produced videos and books to share the love of Jesus. Sometimes this is with the assistance of her Puppet Freckles, and sometimes it's on a motorbike with her hubby, Nick.
Her heart is to connect people with people and people with God.
Belinda Adair is currently undertaking a Master of Education (majoring in Indigenous Education).
In 2002, Belinda graduated with her Bachelor in Teaching in Early Childhood and then completed her Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood in 2016, she has a Certificate IV In Training and Assessment. Belinda has taught in Early Childhood for 28 years and is currently the Director of Drummoyne Preschool where she has been since 2014.
Belinda is a Committee member of ACECEN, Coordinator of NSW Christian Children’s Services Network. She has been a member of Educational Leaders Project & aspiring leaders forum, run at Macquarie University and a member of the NSW Curriculum Framework steering Committee. She was selected as a reviewer for the AECA pilot accreditation project for preschool and occasional care and elected executive secretary and public officer of the National Occasional Child Care Association.
Leanne Munchan is the Early Learning Centre Director for Adventist Schools Victoria. She provides support, training, and guidance to the early childhood teams, setting the direction for ASV ELCs in Victoria and Tasmania.
Leanne has worked in the education field for the last 12 years, teaching and working with all levels from birth to tertiary education. After completing a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, she went on to complete an Honours Degree in Education which explored early childhood educators' experiences teaching children with disability. Leanne is now a scholarship holder undertaking a PhD in Education at Monash University and investigating early childhood pre-service teachers' competence and readiness to teach young children with disability in early childhood settings. She has also taught pre-service early childhood and primary teachers through the Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education degrees at Monash University.
Also serving as a member of Adventist Schools Australia's Early Learning Bible Curriculum Steering Committee, Leanne possesses a keen interest in Bible curriculum and how educators can share Jesus to young children and their families through their teaching and interactions.