Andrea is Professor of Education (Early Childhood) in the School of Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. She has had extensive experience teaching in early childhood education settings as well as in primary schools, and has taught in the Technical and Further Education (TAFE) and University sectors, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as supervision of higher degree research students. She has conducted research in both schools and preschools and has worked on a number of State, National and international projects concerning literacy development, program evaluation, and professional learning for teachers. Andrea was a member of the ‘Best Start’ State-wide Evaluation Team, a Victorian Government initiative that saw a major injection of funds into the early childhood years to develop initiatives to support the education, health and welfare of young children and their families. Recent projects include a large scale longitudinal study that aimed to identify factors including the role of the teacher, home-life and child characteristics, which are positively associated with high outcomes in literacy in the first year of schooling; a study focused on resilient students, families, schools & interagency collaboration in disadvantaged communities; an evaluation of teacher induction and  mentoring in New Zealand; a state-wide program focusing on mentoring new to the profession and professionally isolated early childhood teachers across Victoria, and the development and trialling of a NSW Transition to School Statement.