I have 19 years’ experience of working in Education, in various capacities. After leaving Newnham College, where I met my lovely Economist husband, Kris (Queens’ College, 1996), I completed my P.G.C.E at King’s College, London in German with French. In my first year as a teacher I was made Head of German at a large, boys’ comprehensive school in the London Borough of Croydon. A year later, I took over the role of Head of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages. During this time I taught French and German from Key Stage 3 to A’ Level, took part in an assessment working party and visited primary schools to ensure smooth transition of children from Key stage 2 to 3 from our feeder schools. After a number of years, I took some time away from full-time teaching to care for my mother, father and my young sons. During this time I completed my T.E.F.L diploma and trained as a post-natal and baby yoga teacher. I also completed my M.A in Modern Foreign Languages Education at King’s College, London. My areas of focus were gender and education, social justice and language and power. Shortly after this I became a children’s rugby coach. Upon finishing my M.A, I began my PhD at King’s College, London. I have completed three case studies, working in schools in Lewisham, Croydon and Wandsworth. My areas of focus are psycho-social linguistics and Modern Foreign Language teaching, and I am interested in teacher beliefs and power in the classroom. I am currently living in London with my husband and our two lovely boys. I am writing up my second case study for my PhD. I am Vice Chair of the Junior section of a rugby club in South London, at which I am also Under 11’s Head Coach and Surrey Rugby Liaison Officer for the Mini’s section of our club. I have a particular interest in encouraging young people with disabilities, those from LSEG and BAME groups, as well as in supporting more women and girls within these groups to play and indeed coach rugby at local clubs. I am currently exploring the opportunities to increase security and comfort around disclosure of mental health challenges, with a view to offering greater support and awareness. The themes which run through all the various roles and interests in my life, are mentoring, education and coaching, across all ages and in various contexts. I am always happy to have a chat with anyone considering careers in education, mentoring and coaching, or about returning to academic study after having had a professional career.