Before entering teaching, I worked as a Financial Analyst/Controller for major IT corporations in both Germany and UK, having gained BA Hons Business Information Management at Leeds Metropolitan University. In 2000, after 9 years of living the corporate dream, I took voluntary redundancy and went travelling in China, Australia and Europe.
During this time, I tried out many different jobs including life as a Rouseabout (sheep-shearer’s hand), a mender and fixer of clothes and life on a sustainable farm. It was here, being taught to bare-back horse ride by a 10 year old, that I re-discovered my love of learning and how teaching can be done by anyone of any age.
I started to study Anthroposophy and became interested in Steiner Education. It was Kali, the teacher at one of these schools, who showed me how exciting and fun education in a classroom could be which inspired me to return to UK where I studied for my PGCE at Bath Spa University and went on to teach in both mainstream and PRU environments.
Confused by some of the harder to reach students, I started my Diploma in Wellbeing for Children and Young People with London Metropolitan University in 2013 and began to merge the disciplines of teaching and therapy to work with those who were struggling either academically or emotionally. From work as a private tutor, I was able to explore how these techniques could be used successfully to help children and young people before taking this back into the classroom. This attachment and relationship-based work has seen great changes in the students and their ability to succeed in their respective communities.
For the past 8 years, I have been working as a Wellbeing Practitioner in both primary and secondary environments, working from the universal and strategic level through to groups and individual level where we currently provide training, write policy & develop PSHE curriculum. .
I am also interested in deep ecology, Buddhism, drinking fine tea and knitting socks. All these, along with nature, continue to inspire me and my practice.