My name is Noella Mackenzie and I work as a Senior Lecturer in literacy studies in the School of Education at Charles Sturt University at the Albury-Wodonga Campus in NSW, Australia. I am also a daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother who loves to read, garden and travel. While my career has always been in education, there have been three distinct phases. The first phase was that of classroom teacher – teaching children from 5-12 years of age in a number of primary schools. The second phase of my career saw me working as a specialist professional development provider working with teachers in early intervention and special education. The third and ongoing phase has me working as an academic at Charles Sturt University. That role involves me teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, researching and continuing my work with teachers and parents of young children. I am passionate about teaching and in particular early literacy development.
I am proudly the product of public education. I grew up on a farm and went to the local primary and high schools where I was fortunate to have some fabulous teachers. My Diploma of Education (Early Childhood) was earned at the Riverina College of Advanced Education in Wagga Wagga NSW. My Bachelor of Education, Master of Education and Doctor of Education qualifications were all earned at LaTrobe University in Melboourne, Vic and were spread out over a number of years as I studied part time and worked full time. I completed my doctorate in 2004 and started work at CSU in the same year.