Sandra is a Noongar, Karajarri, Bard woman from Western Australia. She lives and works on Wadawurrung country in Geelong and has been actively involved with the Wathaurong community for the past 15 years.
Sandra's life work has been in education; she is committed to improving educational outcomes for First Nations people. Sandra currently works as the First Nations Student Coordinator at the Geelong Grammar school and previously, Koorie Education Coordinator at the Department of Education, Victoria. Prior to this, Sandra held the position of Director of Projects/What Works National Coordinator with National Curriculum Services.
Sandra has worked extensively with Catholic schools in Western Australia, firstly as the Coordinator for Aboriginal Education, based in the Perth office and then as the Regional Officer, responsible for managing 13 schools and the Catholic Education Office in the Kimberley. Through this work and her own family connections, Sandra has developed good working relationships with Aboriginal people and community organisations. Sandra has experience working in regional and urban settings, both as a teacher and as a consultant, and is very experienced in working with Aboriginal people.