Meet the Team!

All the faces of Phoenix Support for Educators


At Phoenix Support for Educators we are dedicated to providing expert advice from a wide range of specialists so you get consistently high quality training but from multiple perspectives. So all of our workshops are delivered by an expert in their field... 

 

Sandi Phoenix - Company Director & Principal Facilitator

Sandi is the founding company director and Principal Facilitator at Phoenix Support. Her framework, The Phoenix Cups, have revolutionised how staff not only work with children’s behaviour, but how teams view each other’s behaviour. The approach provides a framework of how to understand and respond positively to differences and conflict. The Phoenix Cups adds a new perspective to understanding each other and learning to work and live in harmony together.

Sandi’s coaching and consultancy style comes from a strengths-based perspective and is informed by a comprehensive understanding of the National Quality Framework and underpinning theory. Sandi takes a positive approach to guiding expected behavioural choices within inclusive learning environments, following vast experience working with children with disabilities and children who display complex behaviours in both early childhood settings, youth care, and school-age care since 1998. Since 2009, Sandi has been involved in supporting educators and teams to implement the National Quality Framework through various roles. These roles range from individualised in-service coaching and mentoring, presenting at conferences, teaching the Diploma of Early Childhood Education, developing written resources, and consulting in the design of software that supports efficient and effective curriculum planning and service operations. She is highly regarded nationwide as a speaker, coach, mentor and Professional Development Facilitator for the education and care sector.

Sandi's qualifications include a Bachelor of Psychological Science and Cert IV in Training and Assessment. 

Christopher Phoenix - Facilitator and Creator of The Educator Wellbeing Workshop

Christopher is the Wellbeing specialist for Phoenix Support for Educators (PSFE), as well as the company’s Business Development Manager.

Christopher has a keen interest in health and wellbeing, and his passion for hypnotherapy and mindfulness turned professional after his appearance on Australia’s most popular national morning television show, Sunrise. Since then, Christopher has also featured as the Commonwealth Banks Australian of the Day, been interviewed on Australia’s most popular national radio station Triple M, has been the subject of numerous national and international newspaper articles.

It is Christopher’s goal to increase wellbeing practices in the early education setting and is excited to be developing programs that do just that.

Feel free to email Christopher ( chris@phoenix-support.com.au ) directly to see how his experience can aid you further

Tara Hill - Senior Facilitator

Tara Hill is the senior facilitator at Phoenix Support for Educators. Her experience in the profession started 17 years ago as an educator and nominated supervisor. Tara's strength based coaching skills are exceptional. Tara oversees the Ultimate Phoenix Support Program and delivers workshops around educational program and practice, and learning environments.

Ingrid Hazelspring - Facilitator

Ingrid is an amazing educator who is currently completing the RIE Practicum Programme. She is both Approved Provider and Nominated Supervisor of Cressy Road Day Care & Pre School.



Jennifer Teh - Facilitator

Jen is a music teacher, conductor and clinician who has been recognised nationally for her work with music and children. In addition to working extensively with choirs of all ages and backgrounds as a music director, Jen has been invited to work with numerous organisations as a workshop facilitator and guest choral conductor.

Jen's qualifications include  Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education from the University of Queensland as well as an Australian Kodaly Certificate in Primary Music Education.

Kate Wengier - Foost Founder & Nutritionist

Kate is a dietitian with a passion for improving the eating habits of families and communities. She created FOOST to teach easy ways of eating more fruits and vegetables. All 4 of her kids love fresh, fun food!



Jonathan Anstock - Facilitator

Jonathan is a passionate and inspiring presenter, who had gleaned years of experience working  with young children. He is currently principal and workshop presenter - Queensland Teacher Professional Development; Activist and founding member of advocacy group Protecting  Childhood, and; private counsellor and movement therapist. He is the author of Teach the Children  Well - Our spiritual investment.




Megan Daley - Literacy Expert

Megan Daley is passionate about children’s literature and sharing it with young and old alike. She firmly believes that YA literature is far better than adult literature and that picture books are works of art which should adorn the walls of art galleries and libraries. She blogs about all things literary, library and tech at www.childrensbooksdaily.com.

Megan's qualifications include a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Graduate Diploma in Teacher Librarianship and a Masters of Innovative Teaching and Learning.

Lee Salder - Support for Educators

I completed my Foundation Degree in Early Years (Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care) in the UK and have worked in play-based long day care for 16 years.

My roles have included childcare assistant, group leader/lead educator, assistant director, administrator, workplace health and safety officer, director and sustainability advocate.  I am now very excited to be pursuing my dream of being a mentor and professional development facilitator in the Early Years sector for educators.

I am also an advocate for empowering, educating and connecting women in my local community through the Redland’s Centre for Women.  Additionally, I have completed my Cert iv in Training and Assessment along with countless professional developments in children’s behaviour, leadership and sustainability.

Stacey McWilliam - Facilitator

Stacey is dedicated to delivering inspiring professional development for educators in the early childhood sector.

Stacey's accomplishments since 1994 include working as teacher, special education support worker, primary school teacher and facilitator of professional development for educators. Stacey is committed to delivering, through training and support, up to date relevant research and theory to support curriculum development, documentation, play, behavioural support and environmental aesthetics to educators.


Janice Rocca - Training & Mentoring around Indigenous Cultural Awareness

Janice is an Aboriginal woman with Wakka Wakka and Kaanju heritage. She is dedicated to embedding Aboriginal perspectives and learning opportunities in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector and other community-based organisations.