I am a former fisheries biologist and technical writer (from
Canada) who moved to the UK in 2007 to teach science and biology; currently, I teach year 6.
Last May, after waiting a year for the appointment, I was diagnosed
with Asperger syndrome. The diagnosis, after decades of not knowing why I was "different" and didn't seem to fit in, was a mainly positive
experience which I am still adapting to. I am currently planning on pursuing a PhD, focusing on science communication and autistic students, so that I can share my knowledge and experience - and hopefully make things easier for autistic students than it was for me. For me, the Ben Nevis Challenge is much more than just a fundraising opportunity for a worthy cause - it is a personal, symbolic journey to surmount the obstacles that I face as an autistic person.