Carolyn initially studied to become a Teacher and completed a Bachelor of Education at the University of Sydney. After 17 years teaching and leading in secondary schools she was seconded into a senior role in the Human Resources Directorate of the Catholic Education Office in the Archdiocese of Sydney. In 2004 Carolyn completed a Masters in Educational Leadership through the Australian Catholic University and subsequently a Masters of Labour law and Relations at the University of Sydney, where she was awarded the Finance Sector Union of Australia Prize in 2007.
In 2010 Carolyn was appointed to the position of Head of Human Resource Services in the Catholic Education Office, Wollongong Diocese and she sits on the Employment Relations Committee of the National Catholic Education Commission and the Systemic Schools Employment Relations Committee of the NSW Catholic Commission for Employment Relations. Carolyn is a member of the School of Business Advisory Board and an External Arbitrator for the University of Notre Dame Australia.
Carolyn also commences this year as the President of the Illawarra / South Coast Branch of the Australian College of Educators.