From a young age, I have always been an individual that has devoured books and loved being snatched away from reality to the far-off lands of an author’s imagination. As I grew older, I found that my passion for literature wasn’t just restricted to others’ words but in my own, with a scribbled down poem here or a book idea there being a regular feature in my High School journal.
I feel that as a teacher it is extremely hard to pinpoint one best defining moment in your career. However, a stand out moment has to be when I secured a permanent job in my probation school in Scotland. My Head of Department announced it in front of my S2 (Year 8) class to which they all jumped up, cheered and proceeded to attack me in hugs. It was only at this point I realised how much of an impact we had made on each other and I will cherish the memory forever.
With my passion clear, I went to the University of Strathclyde to study English with Journalism and Creative Writing, which allowed me to explore all my creative outlets for four fantastic years.
From there, I started off my career as a music journalist where I was given the opportunity to meet some fantastic individuals from Boy George to Roger Sanchez! However, while I loved being a journalist, this was not where my true passion lay and after doing work experience at my old school, I realised that this was what I wanted to do.