I grew-up in the classic English countryside setting of Kent, south of London.
My passion for mountains and rock climbing started from a young age.
Having completed a degree in Environmantal Science at Sheffield University I became a qualified teacher of English. In 2005 I moved to the Italian Alps to be near the mountains, where I have been teaching ever since.
I lead an active life in a peaceful, natural area.
My main concerns are sustainable living and making the most of life and the people around me.
My main interests are mountain sports, particularly rock climbing, mountain biking and walking.
I also dedicate time to horticulture, sustainable living, painting, photography and cooking. I'm also a keen traveller.
My family and friends have similar interests to me.
The friends I have who live locally are all Italian. English friends and relatives occasionally visit.
I have been teaching General English for nearly six years to all age-groups and at all levels.
I have prepared students for exams, held Business English courses, summer camps and nursery school classes as well as conversation-based lessons.
I keep up to date with the latest teaching materials and approaches, which I use to make lessons stimulating and complete.
I endeavour to adapt courses to my students' particular needs, abilities and interests.
In this way I aim to obtain the best results with a dynamic, interactive and methodical approach across all the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Varied, healthy, seasonal food with influences from many parts of the world. Everything is home cooked and much of it is also home-grown.
The emphasis is on Italian food and some traditional English dishes and puddings.
Donato is a small farming village in the pre-Alps, near the Swiss and French borders It is close to some of the Alps' highest mountains and several National Parks.
It has two shops, a post office, a bank with a cash machine and a small play ground. It's perfect for those who enjoy nature, tranquility and mountain sports.
The village is a sunny and panoramic balcony over the plains below to the south. It's very green with many lakes, forests, rivers and footpaths to enjoy.
There are also near-by areas of historical and geological interest, including castles, churches and Europes longest glacial morain. Donato is 20 minutes drive from the nearest small cities of Biella and Ivrea.
The Roman city of Aosta is an hour away. Milan and Turin city centres are best reached by train.
THE TEACHER’S HOMEANDTHE STUDENT ACCOMODATION
Two bedrooms and a bathroom available for guests in a converted 18th century farm-house in the green Alpine foothills of Piemonte. The rooms are small but comfortable with double or single beds as necessary, bed-side tables, a desk, chairs, a wardrobe and mirror.
The bathroom has a shower, sink, wc and bide'. The house has large sitting and dining room areas as well as an outside space available for guests to enjoy.