I grew up in New Zealand where I went to school and university. At university I did both arts and science degrees (studying languages, philosophy, mathematics and science). I was lucky enough to win a prestigious Commonwealth scholarship to the University of Cambridge in England, where I did a doctorate about how people learn and use language to think and reason. After graduation, I held teaching and research positions in New Zealand and the USA (being amongst other things a Fulbright Scholar in New York). I decided to switch from an academic career to a creative one, because I am very interested in children's music and stories. I took my music and stories to Japan where I taught English for four years. In Japan, I learned how to do animation where I found animation and songs were great ways to engage children in learning and remembering new concepts. I currently live in Invercargill, New Zealand, and am a qualified classroom teacher, specialising in science and mathematics education. I have also been making an educational program for children broadcast throughout Australasia on community TV and radio for the past 9 years - you can watch and listen to the creative results of my work on this website.