Although my grandfather was Spanish, my mother was not brought up speaking the language at home and this was something she felt she had missed out on. When I was 14, with no Spanish at all, I spent 6 weeks by myself with Spanish relatives and my language journey began.
I went on to study Spanish all through school and spent my summers living in Spain and immersing myself completely. After school, I took a gap year, working and travelling around Central and South America which was unbelievable and speaking the language was a true gift.
I graduated from the University of Liverpool with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hispanic Studies. I moved to London and worked as a tour operator for 2 years in a company which specialised in Latin America, using my Spanish and Portuguese on a daily basis.
I then completed my PGCE at St. Mary’s Strawberry Hill, Twickenham and went on to teach for 9 years in a Secondary Comprehensive school in Ealing, West London where I was Head of Department. Before moving to Dubai, I had experience of teaching Spanish from Key Stage 3 up to A Level.
Spain is a country I love and sharing my passion for the language and culture with the next generation of children here at Nord Anglia International School Dubai is an absolute pleasure and joy. It also allows me the opportunity to reach children as young as Nursery which has been an amazing experience.
When I am not teaching, you are likely to find me at the beach, on a netball court or reading a book. I also love travelling, food and visiting my family and friends who are scattered all over the globe.
I am looking forward to another year here at NAS Dubai, working with my fantastic department and the students.