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.
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.