Excelsia College

School of Education

Nadia Di Martino | Bachelor of Early Childhood Education | Excelsia College

Associate Lecturer and Course Coordinator
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to 5)

Nadia Di Martino

Master of Teaching (0-5),
Master of Mental Health Practice,
Graduate Certificate of Education Studies (Research) 
Contact Details

Telephone Number

02 9000 9604



Biographical details

Nadia believes in the power of early childhood education as ‘the great equaliser’ at a time when inequality is spiralling out of control. She believes that some of the hardest challenges in today’s society — including addiction, homelessness, and poor mental health — have their roots in the earliest years of a person’s life. These challenges can be prevented if all children have access to free quality care and education, so they can become happy and responsible future citizens.  


Nadia’s teaching experience spans from early childhood education to primary education units. She has supervised, coached and mentored practicum students for Australian Catholic University, Southern Cross University and TAFE. Nadia has worked for Western Sydney University in course development, helping finalise new undergraduate units in early childhood education and multiculturalism. She also has experience working as a learning advisor for Swinburne University. 


Nadia is working on her PhD at the University of Newcastle. Her project explores international students’ identities through arts-based research methods and ‘French Theory.’ 


As a Course Coordinator, Nadia aims to support preservice teachers find their voice and become creative, passionate and inspiring teachers.   

Profile of Nadia Di Martino


Nadia is a PhD Candidate at University of Newcastle. After completing her Master of Teaching (0-5) at Macquarie University, she decided to study counselling to best support children, teachers, parents and students. In 2020, she completed a Master of Mental Health Practice at University of New England, becoming passionate about group counselling and art therapy.

Recent projects

I am working on my doctoral project on international preservice teachers’ pedagogical subjectivities and culturally informed pedagogies. I am exploring how care pedagogies may differ in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) teachers and how this richness may help diversify teaching approaches while dismantling the false ‘care vs education’ dichotomy.


June 2022. Conference presentation at RECE Reconceptualising early childhood education, Toronto. The online classroom as a culturally responsive place.

Research Interests

• International students’ pedagogical identities 

• Placements as transformative spaces

• DeleuzoGuattarian philosophy

• Culturally informed care pedagogies

• International comparative ethnographic studies of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)

• Creative arts therapy approaches used to enhance inclusion and student wellbeing


I am a trained member of the Society of Transnational Academic Researchers (STAR) and a member of Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA).

Selected publications

Liu, R., & Di Martino, N. (2022). Non-verbal interaction in the early years: Case study of Mandarin learning in Australia. Journal of Silence Studies in Education, 1(2), 1-11.