I moved to Sheffield in 2001 as a student and began my teaching career teaching ESOL in community classes around the city. The world of ESOL has changed dramatically since then and the need for SAVTE and its team of wonderful volunteers is more critical than ever.
English teaching took me around the world, working with learners of all types in a variety of contexts. I have worked with businesses, universities, colleges and community groups, and in all these places have found that communication across culture so often comes down to human connection.
I am very lucky in my role at SAVTE to be able to use the skills I have gained across the world of English Language teaching in supporting learners and volunteers. I am involved in teaming volunteers with learners, running volunteer training, facilitating Practice English groups, and supporting teaching.
In addition, my role with the SPRING programme, which offers holistic support to refugees in Sheffield, is incredible rewarding and varied. I have the chance to work with partner organisations around the city to design creative strategies for supporting Sheffield’s refugees.
Outside of work, I love being outdoors so feel incredibly lucky to live so close to the Peak District and have the chance to walk, cycle and run in such beautiful surroundings. I also love travelling to new places and meeting people with different perspectives on life.
With my partner and little white cat, I also run an Air Bnb, and love welcoming people from all over the world to the treasures of Sheffield.