Jaclyn completed her BA (Hons) in Anthropology at Rhodes University in her native South Africa. Following this she worked in the early childhood development non-profit sector in Cape Town where she served as project and advocacy manager. Realising her interest in academic research and teaching she then moved to Barcelona to complete her Masters and PhD in Education at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. Her PhD centred on intercultural education with a specific focus on social justice and identity formation in early childhood. Using an ethnographic research approach she explored the complexities of how young children construct and perform their ‘race’ identities in early schooling. Set within the broad framework of transformation and integration within the education system, key aspects such as diversity, difference and identity were examined in order to understand how dominant ideological and discursive frameworks serve to structure socially constructed categories and imbue them with power.
Jaclyn then moved to the United Kingdom where she currently serves as Senior Lecturer in Education and Early Childhood Pathway Leader within the Education Studies programme. Her responsibilities include leading a number of modules and engaging with colleagues through presenting her work at international conferences and publishing in academic journals. At different times Jaclyn has worked as a consultant to evaluate various and diverse early childhood initiatives that have been implemented in South Africa. Taken together, these experiences in international contexts have helped develop and strengthen her teaching skills, the ability to conduct rigorous and specialised research within the field of early childhood care and education and an in-depth knowledge and experience of early childhood issues in both academic and organisational settings.