I was born in Treviso in 1967. I graduated in Law from the University of Parma and I have since become a professional jazz saxophonist. After two years of forensic practice, I decided to pursue the profession of musician and started teaching Law and Economics at Collegio Vescovile Pio X, the same one I attended after classical high school.
Since 2002, I have written textbooks on Law and Political Economics for ParaMond, now Pearson Italia, with over ten publications on these subjects. In 2013, I started Pio X International, a four-year International school leading to the prestigious IB International Diploma , recognized worldwide, including Italy. In January 2016 I took the role of Head of School at H-International School.
A revolutionary environment that fosters the confrontation of some fundamental paradigms in one's life: education, training, and professional and career development.
I began teaching in 1997 working in primary schools in the north west of England. I moved to Treviso in 2002 as part of my plan to travel the world, however I fell in love with Italy, and an Italian who would later become my husband, and have stayed ever since.
During my time at this school I have taught across the Elementary classes and taught Science in the middle school. I have been PYP coordinator and managed both PYP and MYP sections, concentrating now on the PYP as Head of Programme there. I have seen the school go through many changes and am proud to have played an active part in many of them, especially in our journey with the IB programmes.
I love working in education as it means I am learning everyday. Children show us different ways of seeing the world and remind us that it is a place full of possibilities and hope.
I have an innate curiosity about the world around me as well as the people in it. My love of world literature and interest in human communication had somehow magically woven me into the field of education.
Prior experiences as a teacher, Director of Learning, and regional Head of Education and Diversity led me to opportunities in the UK, USA, Middle East, and South East Asia. Within this process, I have discovered something deeply satisfying about unlocking the creative potential of students through literature.
It has also made me realise the value of teaching and learning through the eyes of children from varying cultures. It is, therefore, with great enthusiasm that I look forward to collaborating with the education community of H-FARM.
After graduating University I had little idea of my future path in life and over the next year worked a variety of jobs, it was during this time that I decided a career as a teacher was what I wanted. I qualified as a teacher and worked in schools around Birmingham before life brought me to Italy.
Once again I didn't have a clear idea of what I was going to do but after meeting a fellow Englishman I decided to set up an English language school. I ran this school for several years before finding a job at the English International School of Padova.
I taught business and was also responsible for the implementation and running of the IBDP Economics programme there. This brings me to the present day where I have worked at H-International school as the Deputy Head of the high school since September 2016.
I realised at a young age that I wanted to be a teacher, and help children reach their full potential, so I jumped straight into the deep end and studied primary education at university. After teaching the English National Curriculum in Southampton, England, I moved to Padova as the ‘first step’ of my international experience.
However, I didn’t get far and moved to Treviso in 2006, where I discovered the IB and the PYP. I have since completed my Masters in International Education and the PYP, and have been PYP Coordinator since 2011. I love how the IB encourages even the teachers to be curious, inquirers and to continue to develop their own understanding of how our students learn best.
Children are so curious naturally, and I love helping them discover and understand the world around them, encouraging them to become true life-long learners.
I have in the past worked in the UK, Hong Kong and The Netherlands, undertaking various roles of responsibility in different schools, namely Diploma Programme, Extended Essay, Personal Project and CAS Coordinator, these experiences have led to my current role within H-IS.
I am committed to developing the international mindedness of students by making them aware of the world outside school, to make them active global citizens. My objective is to produce challenging, interesting work for pupils, encouraging them to enjoy school and to develop confidence in their own abilities.
Students need to be able to relate to the subject and see the links between science and the world outside the classroom.