I graduated with a BA in Community Art from Reading College of Art & Design, and soon after completed my Diploma in Youth & Community Work. Many of the young people that I worked with lived in deprived areas, and often had life-challenges they needed to overcome. Encouraging them to engage in the arts was an excellent way of helping them overcome some of these struggles and give them something positive to focus on, and I was involved in many community arts-based projects including dance, theatre, graffiti and fashion design.
Deciding to re-train as an arts teacher was a natural progression for me, and I completed my secondary art PGCE training at Cardiff Met University. Together with my husband, who is a Mathematics teacher and our two daughters, we embarked on our international teaching journey in 2014. We spent four years in Kampala Uganda, before deciding to move to China to join BSG in 2018. We wanted to experience another culture which was different to East Africa, and because Chinese culture is so rich and diverse, it became our first choice. I am passionate about the arts as a vehicle for empowerment and change, and really enjoy working with the students at BSG who have such a good work ethic.