Having moved to Cornwall at the ripe old age of 6, I was lucky enough to grow up with the ocean as my playground. I immediately formed a deep, enduring love and respect for the natural world in which I lived. If I’m not surfing, you’ll find me swimming, paddle boarding, attempting new water sports, running or cycling around the beautiful Cornish coastline, or just enjoying being close to the ocean and nature.
In 2011, I pursued another passion of mine – teaching. I moved away from the beauty of Cornwall to study ‘Education Studies’ at De Montfort University in Leicester, during which time I was fortunate enough to carry out a range of volunteer work in rural schools in Tanzania.
Following the completion of my degree, I went travelling across South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, witnessing first hand the deterioration of our ocean and marine environment, even in some of the most remote places! This devastating reality prompted me to take on more of an active role in my own life as well as educating those around me on the importance of living sustainably and protecting our oceans.
I have since worked as a teaching assistant and surf coach, prior to completing my Teacher Training in 2018. My experience of working with children across a range of settings, combined with my passion for the natural environment, has only strengthened my motivation to continue to try and find ways to combine the two. And so I feel very fortunate to be Education Officer for SAS, working alongside such an inspirational group of people all working hard to protect the thing we all love – the ocean.