Cardella has more than 24 years of teaching experience. She is the school’s public relations coordinator, technology teacher leader, writing coordinator and a mentor teacher. She is a member of the National Association for Gifted Children, the Georgia Association for Gifted Children and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. Cardella was named the Teacher of the Year for Valdosta City Schools in 2009. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia. She and her husband, Craig, have two children and five grandchildren.