My mother was a big fan of cellists Pau Casals and Mstislav Rostropovich, so when I was 3 she gave me a cello and started my musical journey.

Besides studying cello, in my teenage years I participated in all sorts of sports, such as tennis and basketball, but my true favourite was athletics. Unfortunately I was the slowest by far, so they pulled me out of the tracks and gave me two things to throw: a discus and a javelin, which brought me great joy and life-long friendships.

Other than playing the cello and teaching, I am very passionate about musicals. I was delighted to join the original cast of the West End Musical of Six as part of the London Musical Theatre Orchestra. You can watch it Here. I believe that playing an orchestral instrument not only gives you the opportunity to travel around the world, but to make friends and connect with people that share the same passion. That is why during my MA I enjoyed competing with my cello around Europe. However, transforming the lives of children through music has always been in my heart and mind, which is why I became a teacher.

 What attracted you to St James?

I consider St James to be a happy school. From the moment I visited for the first time before being appointed, the children were happy, and they looked empowered. I was also very drawn to The Pause, something I never heard of in my life, but I quickly understood the importance of it and what a crucial role it plays. I also was attracted to their music tradition which dates back to the start of the School. Let's not forget the food! I have never eaten such fine food outside my grandma's house. Sorry mum!

What makes a St James education stand out?

It has to be the staff - it is so wonderful to see their dedication and joy in the subjects they teach. I believe that as educators we are able to unlock our potential when we are given the freedom to be ourselves and bring a unique take to lessons. This is something that can inspire the children to find and celebrate their own unique voice by being and believing in themselves.

What strikes you about St James pupils?

Their happiness. They are always happy to see you, to be in school, to see their friends and to engage in any kind of activity or subject. They are grateful, they have exquisite manners, and it feels like they are a part of something bigger. They accept each other in the classroom and the playground, they mix with the year groups and they take care of each other, never leaving anyone behind. All of this makes you want to work even harder for them!