I am a New Zealander, born in Auckland in 1960. I was brought up mostly in India and Australia, where my father worked as a doctor. I have NZ, Australian and Swiss citizenship. I am a qualified and very experienced ESL/EFL teacher. Although I mostly work in this field, I also work for short periods of time as a trip leader in Australia and SE Asia. I have a 23 year old daughter, who is about to begin a Masters In Education.

Current Situation

I recently completed a Bachelor of Arts degree, with an English major and Media Studies minor, through Massey University. During these three years of full-time study I continued teaching EFL, part-time, at a private language school I have a long history with. I am currently (April 2013) working at a polytechnic in the North Island of New Zealand on a short-term contract. I am always on the lookout for interesting and challenging English teaching positions either in New Zealand or overseas. I am happy to teach children, teenagers or adults of any English level. I intend to pursue my interest in writing alongside any teaching position. One of my goals for the near future is to complete post-graduate study in the field of creative writing.

Personal Interests

  • off-road running
  • tramping/hiking
  • sea kayaking
  • skiing
  • swimming and snorkeling
  • travel
  • fiction and poetry writing
  • travel writing
  • photography
  • the cinema
  • reading
  • the theatre



adaptability and flexibility

high level of motivation


good sense of humour

good communication skills

ability to enthuse others


ability to think outside the square

a sense of adventure

passion for inspiring self-confidence in others

relative unflappability in difficult or unexpected situations