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Sharryn grew up on farms in both the Mallee and Goulburn Valley districts of Victoria, Australia where she enjoyed roaming fields, building rafts and connecting with animals.  She completed her first teaching qualification in 1994 where she began work in the country area of Bendigo in a community based kindergarten.  She returned to study in 2008 where she completed her next degree, achieving First Class Honours.  Aside from teaching young children, she has worked in early intervention supporting children with disabilities and their families, in adult education supporting Indigenous early childhood educators in their communities and in management at the Victorian Education Department.  Her research interests in the past have included transition to school and professional advocacy whilst her current projects revolve around leadership, mentoring and engagement through social media.  She is a strong advocator for social justice and aims to continue researching ways that leadership and social media can shift from negativity and instead make a positive impact upon the lives of children, families, teachers and educators.

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Doctor of Philosophy, MONASH UNIVERSITY

4 Mar 201324 Oct 2018

Education, Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours), Deakin University

1 Mar 200831 Dec 2009


  • Mentoring
  • Social Media
  • Early Years Education
  • Partnerships in Education
  • Teacher Wellbeing, Professionalism and Identity
  • Existentialism

Projects 2018 2019

Research Output 2018 2018

Facebook Mentoring and Early Childhood Teachers: The Controversy in Virtual Professional Identity

Clarke, S., 1 Jan 2018, 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge. 79 p. (Routledge Research in Early Childhood Education)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review