Raised on the border of Surrey and Hampshire, I grew up in and around leafy Haslemere, attending Haslemere Heights Preparatory School before then going on to Bedales School in Petersfield for my GCSEs and A-Levels.
After completing my A-Levels in French, Spanish and Physics (with an AS-Level in Design and Technology: Systems and Control), I went to King’s College London to study Spanish with Linguistics. As part of my undergraduate studies I spent a year abroad on the Spanish-language Humanities course at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where I was given the chance to broaden my academic horizons enormously (studying Theory of Law, Art History, Anthropology, Semiotics and Iberian History, to name just a few subject areas) before returning to London to achieve an Upper Second Class honours degree at the end of the academic year 2007/2008.
In September of 2008, I began work as a tutor in London with three placements: Literacy and Numeracy with an 8-year-old SEN learner, Literacy and English with a 13-year-old student from Lithuania and IB MYP Spanish with a brother and sister at Southbank International School. My tutoring work grew as I branched out into new teaching areas, including several years with an online English-language teaching platform, where I worked with a range of students, from high-end corporate learners with an eye on business English, via independent learners looking for self-development, to schools in the private French system, where I delivered year-long courses and bespoke assessments to full French classrooms in the 11-13 years age range.
After my first few years of tutoring, I decided that I would pursue a PGCE in teaching Secondary School Languages at the Institute of Education, London, where I was offered an unconditional place to study after spending an Easter term working at the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Hertfordshire. My time spent at HABS taught me two things: 1) what lesson preparation is really all about (namely, adaptability), and 2) that I really much preferred teaching in a one-on-one environment. I withdrew my acceptance of the place at the Institute of Education and threw myself even further into tutoring, joining Keystone in the summer of 2011.
Since working with Keystone, I have taken up placements in varying subjects both across London and the U.K., as well as teaching opportunities abroad, including a long-running professional relationship with a specialised international primary school in Geneva, with whom I worked for a number of years both in-class with their students (online and face-to-face) and with the other members of senior staff in the development of their English-language curricula.
In 2014, after many years spent navigating the world of tutoring almost completely by myself, I joined Keystone’s ranks of professional tutors, where I have been enjoying and benefitting from their expertise ever since, honing my craft and focusing down on my three specialist areas of instruction: English, Maths and Spanish. In recent years, I have also joined Keystone's core team of Professional Tutor Trainers, where I myself have grown enormously as a tutor through the development and delivery of extensive and bespoke training programmes and reflection sessions for my Professional Tutor peers. This work, alongside marking and writing hundreds of Keystone Assessments and Reports across 9+, 10+, 11+, 12+, 13+, 14+ and 16+ age ranges, has sharpened my craft immeasurably and has made even clearer to me a truth shared with me in my first weeks as a tutor: there is simply always more to learn.
Whilst carefully cultivating my expertise as a tutor, I have also completed a part-time, two-year MA in Screenwriting at London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London, where I graduated in 2016 with the cohort’s highest distinction, having explored in my second-year major work the area of Womanhood in Contemporary Afghanistan. Screenwriting continues to be a part of my daily life, most notably in the world of short films, where my work has garnered millions of views online and has picked up numerous awards at international film festivals across the years.
In the summer of 2017, I left London for the rolling mountains of County Wicklow, Ireland (where I got married and started my family), and returned to England in 2022, moving to Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, where I am once again surrounded by peaks, valleys, rivers and pubs!