I used to say to people when they asked me, “tell me about yourself.” “Well, I’m the Head of English in a middle school, I live in Stratford upon Avon with my husband and two cats.”

All the above is still true but now I say it with the knowledge that I was and still to an extent am seriously ill. I am lucky that I have made my way through what was once thought M.E. not Dysfunctional Breathing Syndrome and have returned somewhat to the life I had before illness.

Having a serious illness, did however fill me with a joy for simply living. Therefore I no longer want to answer the, ‘tell me about yourself’ question with a description of my job. First, I am a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend then and only then am I a teacher.

What else?
I’m 35, from Ireland though haven’t lived there for 14 years. I have some wonderful friends and a huge Irish family who are extremely important to me. I have incredible in-laws who treat me just like another daughter.

I’ve been teaching for about 12 years after a very brief stint in the City as an event co-ordinator. I taught in Poland for 4.5 years and still speak very bad Polish (it used to be more or less fluent!).

I believe that everyone should be respected until their behaviour proves otherwise. I believe that everyone deserves a second chance.

My husband,I hope, would describe me as deeply loyal, a little crazy, extremely hard-working and fun. Although he would probably also add a drama queen.


20 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hello Mrs Ironside I just wanted to say on behalf of 8.1 how much We miss you!
    I never knew that you were that poorly. I do hope you are feeling better though now.
    Any way I have been following your blog regularly and I just wanted to wish your friend a big happy birthday.
    I hope your enjoying India and I hope you will read my message and reply to me.
    Good bye and hopefully speak to you soon
    From all of 8.1 and me πŸ˜„


    1. Ah thank you Mia, that is veery sweet of you too. I will pass on your wishes to Sarah.

      Definitely enjoying India – a challenge but all the best things in life are! Saying that today I am going with friends to hang out beside a pool in stunning scenery so life is only so hard!!!

      I’m really pleased you follow my blog.

      Say hi to everyone for me.


  2. I have told everyone that you said hello and they all hope you feel better soon.
    P.S Mrs Kennedy would like to know how your cats are, as she is worried about them at the minute
    Speak to you soon!


      1. Thank you very much, I am sure everyone will have a brilliant end of term as we have got loads of things going on such as prom and the valedictory service.


  3. Hi Karen. I came across your blog and am enjoying reading your posts on Pune. I will be relocating there soon and was wondering if I could contact you via email for further information on the city.



  4. Hello again mrs I , I know you have been to Australia recently and I was just wondering if you could let me know if it is a wonderful place as liberty Owen is moving there in two weeks, and I thought I would maybe be able to tell her that you have been and share your experiences with her so she feels more comfortable about going.
    Sorry to be a pain againπŸ˜‚
    From mia x


  5. Hello Karen! Congrats for your blog! After reading your introduction about yourself I’m even more interested to get to know everything on your blog. Thanks for investing your time and energy on that.


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