I grew up in a small community, and my father was a small business owner. After finishing high school and pursuing an interest in mechanical engineering, I went to live in New Zealand for a year. I studied in three western European countries through the Erasmus Programme specialising in Education, Linguistics, Teaching and Learning. After graduating and having completed my teacher training in Cumbria, I accepted a job offer to teach French and Spanish in Guernsey where I have been a resident for nine years. In recent years, I have specialised in academic research in Education, joined the Bailiwick Curriculum Design Team in 2017, and became a middle leader. I have always shared my passion for lifelong learning with my students. I am a keen sailing enthusiast, love the sea, the Guernsey lifestyle, and its unique cultural and linguistic Norman legacy.