Having always been a bit nerdy, with a love of literature and a keen eye for grammar, it was probably unavoidable that I would go on to study English. In 2005, having graduated from The University of Birmingham with an Honours degree in English Language and Literature, I was slightly bereft at the idea of having to give up studying, and so, I decided that teaching would be the next best thing. I embarked upon the Graduate Teacher Programme in order to qualify as a secondary school English teacher.
From 2007, I worked in UK secondary schools as a teacher of Key stage 3, GCSE, and A Level English Language and Literature, as well as delivering staff training on teaching and learning strategies, and A Level teaching methods. Despite having a real passion for teaching, I was yearning for a change and that change came in the form of my husband: an avid snowboarder with a desire to move to the French Alps. In 2014 I packed up my worldly goods and moved to Morzine in order to embark on a new career path: running a catered chalet with my husband. During my second winter season, I decided that it was essential to try to learn French (having never studied it at school), and so I embarked upon lessons at Alpine French School. The teaching that I received reignited my love of teaching and learning, as well as improving my level of French. After three successful seasons, we decided to close the doors of our chalet and it felt natural for me to return to teaching, albeit in a new context.
I now feel as if I have the best of both worlds: pursuing the career and subject for which I have always felt a passion, while getting to live in the most amazing place. When not teaching, I am usually found reading, hiking, running, or touring around Europe sampling all the bread and cheese that I can find.