On completion of my B.A. in German and Italian in 1992, I enrolled with the Pilgrims TEFL Course and went to work as a teacher of German and English at the Božena Němcová Grammar School in Hradec Králové. In 1994 I returned to the UK to study for my M.A. in Art History at the Courtauld Institute, London, specialising in Czech and German Expressionism. I worked in the art world and later with the EU as a Communications Consultant.
In 2003 I rediscovered my love of teaching when I started leading Art History courses for adults with the Workers Education Association, and then retrained as a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages, gaining my PGCE in 2010. I worked at the King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford, for four years where I have hugely enjoyed teaching German, French and History to students aged 11 to 18. I love bringing creativity into my lessons and getting the students to develop their learning through role play and problem solving. In my spare time I enjoy yoga, swimming and visiting art galleries.