I am an educator and teacher, passionate about providing stimulating, interesting and creative environments for learning, whether that is in the formal classroom or educating otherwise. I have a wealth of experience teaching children of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Since becoming a mother, I have enjoyed exploring more widely the meaning of learning, education and schooling, while remaining abreast of changes in educational policy. During my explorations, I moved my young family to rural Italy, where we knew no one and spoke no Italian. I thrived on the challenge of establishing ourselves in a new country and culture. Since returning to the UK, I have co-founded a forest based learning environment for primary aged children, modelled on the principles of self direction and democracy.