About the Director

My name is Michael, and I am the Director and I started this service in 2013.

My background

My family and I moved to Falmouth in 2013 from Hertfordshire. I am originally from Canada, where I received a degree in English/Languages in 1994, and then taught for a time in a prison and with homeless youth. In 1996 I moved to Australia where I received my teaching qualification in Secondary English/Languages and then taught in a boarding school for three years. I moved to London in 2000 where I gained my Q.T.S. in primary teaching, and taught in an inclusive primary school in East Ham. I then moved back to teaching secondary English in Camden, North London, where I taught Year Seven to A Level. After a brief move back to Australia, where I taught in a Montessori School, I returned to the U.K. to teach in Hertfordshire at a primary school, as well as acting as S.E.N.D.Co.

From 2008, I was a 'stay-at-home' father for our daughter, and worked part-time in teaching students who were out of school for medical needs. This included a large proportion out for mental health/anxiety. I then had the opportunity to manage the medical needs teaching team in our area, and this was what led to my interest in helping young people who may be struggling with anxiety or other mental health needs.

I enjoy sports and travel, and in Canada played rugby for twelve years. I also enjoy snowboarding and other outdoor pursuits. (Cornwall is great for this!) I have been lucky to have travelled around the world and experienced many adventures, including bungee jumping in the Thousand Islands, trekking the Inca Trail, white water rafting down the Zambezi River in Africa and skydiving in New Zealand. These experiences have helped to shape my attitude and approach to life and learning - something I endeavour to apply to my teaching, and life as a whole.

I am now very happily settled in Falmouth with my young family.