Since I began teaching at ISM as a Reception Teacher I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. In particular, I enjoy outdoor learning and getting children outside as much as possible. As a qualified Forest School Leader, I have particularly enjoyed watching children explore the forest and develop their own independence, self confidence and manage their own risks. At ISM, I try to use this qualification to enhance my own personal teaching and beleive it is important to connect what we learn in class to the 'hands-on' experiences that we can learn in nature. Through this connection, we can create well-rounded individuals. Away from Moscow, I am a proud northerner and love returning home whenever I can to see the Lake District in all its beauty. I enjoy keeping fit by playing and watching rugby, cricket, running in the countryside, football (Manchester United) and skiing on a regular basis. As well as team sports, I am also a keen marathon runner and have run in several big marathons, including the London Marathon three times, as well as Edinburgh twice.