Valerie's research includes the topics of young gifted children, gifted education, inclusion, early literacy, intercultural practice, and strength-based assessment. Her research work aims to share lived experiences of diverse children, and to support teacher practice.
Valerie is an experienced research supervisor (particularly Australian doctoral students). Her research work supports UBB, Karlstad University's Centre for Child and Childhood Studies https://www.kau.se/ubb
Valerie's teaching contributes to the preschool teacher education program at Karlstad University, with particular focus on international perspectives on ECE, and diversity.
Valerie has served on editorial boards of APEX: The New Zealand Journal of Gifted Education, and Kairaranga [a NZ inclusive education journal]. She was recently invited to join the editorial board of the Australasian Journal of Gifted Education.
Valerie was a founding member of the giftEDnz early childhood special interest group. She has served as peer reviewer for many early childhood journals.
Valerie grew up and completed her education in New Zealand. In NZ, she taught in primary schools and early childhood, at The Open Polytechnic of NZ, and at Massey University. She also worked as Senior Advisor: Assessment at the Ministry of Education. Valerie worked at an Australian university for 7 years before moving to Sweden late 2018.