BSc Environmental Chemistry / PGCE Qualifications in NLP, hypnotherapy and counselling skills.
I started out as a scientist but I soon realised that chemistry wasn’t going to keep me hooked. I soon worked out I needed to work with people. After two years in the research lab, I jumped ship and trained to become a primary teacher. I have worked in the field of education in a variety of guises for more than 30 years: as a mainstream teacher, as a county advisor for personal, social and health education (PSHE) and as a teacher in specialist provision with children with behavioural and emotional difficulties.
I am also an author of books published by Bloomsbury. I have written more than thirty books for teachers, parents/carers and children in topics such as creative thinking, behaviour management and emotional intelligence. In recent years I have been delivering training in, and writing about, many topics within these fields.
Outside ‘work’ (although my passion makes the line between work and non-work a thin one), I ‘craft’, cycle, play fiddle, I love reading and I meditate and practice yoga. I am also commissioned to create mischief at a local festival each year.
I have a personal love of the outdoors that started as soon as I could walk. My childhood was one of den-building, wild-swimming, mud-love, climbing (on pretty much anything), fascination with plants, animals and insects and elaborate games amongst the trees. I can still feel some pride when I remember I held the accolade of the best tree climber in our street!