A bit about me
I was born and raised in South Manchester, where I attended a state primary school and then a grammar school.
My favourite subjects were Mathematics, Science and Geography. After leaving school, I received a first-class bachelor's degree of Geography in Manchester, which included a two-month Science expedition into the Amazon Rainforest. Continuing my studies, I was awarded a scholarship at Lancaster to undertake an Environmental Science master's degree, where I also studied child welfare and organisations such as UNICEF and South East Asia's children's villages. It was during a visit to a 'children's village' in rural Laos that I was invited into a classroom to teach my first lesson, which was English. I then studied my PGCE to be a primary school teacher and enjoyed meeting people that are passionate about education.
Outside of school, I like to travel to new and exciting places with my partner, Soraya. One of my most memorable trips was travelling across South America, through the diverse landscapes of Peru and Bolivia and exploring the hillside favelas of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Last Summer, I was lucky enough to return to South America, where I explored the volcanoes that surround the city of Arequipa.
Recently, I have been reading books on the theme of friendship, and especially enjoyed reading 'Wonder'. As well as enjoying fiction, my list of favourites includes many non-fiction books, such as picture atlases that have lots of interesting facts.
Last of all, I enjoy learning to drive and ride different types of transport in the new places I visit. In the past I have been lucky enough to travel by all of these exciting modes of transport:
Horse, camel, elephant, husky sled, reindeer sled, snowmobile, hovercraft, mountain bike, helicopter, fishing boat, ferry, skis, raft, matatu, kayak, rice boat, reed boat, tuk-tuk, riverboat and a submarine!