An upper primary teacher at Yiyili Aboriginal Community School, Carmel has previously served as a literary specialist at Broome Senior High School and taught at Nyikina Mangala Community School and various other schools and institutions. Author of the Society for Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals (SKIPA)’s Guide to growing a garden in Broome, she participated in the society’s weeding and conservation projects with Goolarrabaloo Rangers and volunteers. Her work for EK has included preparing herbarium samples for the West Kimberley Nature Project. Among her qualifications is a Bachelor of Education in Multicultural Education from Edith Cowan University and a Masters in Applied Linguistics from Charles Darwin University. As a teacher at Yakanarra Community School in the 1990s, Carmel helped develop the school from its rudimentary beginnings in a bough-shed to a proper school with a full-time principal, four teachers and an adult education facility.