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.
Sandi is an Affiliate of the Australian Psychological Society and currently holds membership of the APS.
Christopher Phoenix - Facilitator and Creator of The Educator Wellbeing Workshop
Christopher is the Wellbeing specialist for Phoenix Support for Educators (
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 ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) directly to see how his experience can aid you further
Tara Hill - Senior Facilitator
Tara Hill is the inspiring multi-tasking senior facilitator at Phoenix Support for Educators. Her experience in the profession started in 2003 as an educator and nominated supervisor. Tara's strength based coaching skills are exceptional. Tara oversees The Online Teacher's and Educator's Symposium (TOTES) and delivers workshops around educational program and practice, documentation, and learning environments.
Bronwyn Ball - Support for Educators
Bronwyn Ball is our incredible customer happiness officer at Phoenix Support. Bron is also an excellent strength based coach, supporting leaders in education and care through mentoring. Her experience in the profession started in 1997 as an educator and a director in 2001. Bron is the happy, helpful and cheery voice on the other end of the phone when you call Phoenix Support for Educators.
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.
Ingrid delivers coaching and mentoring around infant education as well as our 'Respectful Infant Education and Care' in-service workshop.
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 professional development is exceptional. We recommend her Music Education workshop - How I wonder what you are - that includes classroom visits.
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.
Wengier - Foost Founder & Nutritionist
Kate is a dietitian with a passion for improving the eating habits of families and communities. She created
Kate delivers a workshop that comes with a PD classroom visit. Click here to see more about her in-service PD 'If you're healthy and you know it'
Jonathan Anstock - Facilitator
Jonathan is a passionate and inspiring presenter, who had gleaned years of experience
Jon delivers our in-service Steiner inspired workshops.
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.
Megan delivers our 'Lighting the way to literacy' in-service PD and classroom visit workshop.
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.
Janice delivers our cultural competence workshop and in-service coaching and mentoring - 'The land on which we walk live and play'.
Sarah - Occupational Therapist
Sarah is an Occupational Therapist and the founder of Ready Kids. She is passionate about working with parents and educators to implement practical strategies and working with children to develop their skills. She has experience working in schools and in the community, supporting children with varying levels of abilities including those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, intellectual impairments and Cerebral Palsy. She has a strong interest in health promotion and early intervention.
Sarah’s qualifications include: Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honors) majoring in Public Health and Masters in Occupational Therapy Studies at the University of Queensland.
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