My name is Dianne Irving and I am so happy to have the opportunity to be joining the Bloomsbury family. I am from Australia and grew up in an outer suburb of Melbourne in a beautiful area called The Dandenong Ranges. For the last seven years I have lived in the small country of Brunei with my husband and two children. My children have now finished their secondary schooling and are both studying at university. I studied teaching at Deakin University in Melbourne and began my teaching career in special education, teaching students with special needs. I then taught in a local primary school as both a teacher in KS1 and a literacy specialist. I had some time away from teaching when my children were young. During this time we lived in different parts of Australia as well as Singapore. I worked as a writer and have over 60 published books. My most recent teaching position was in Brunei where I taught KS2. I am passionate about teaching a my goal is to ensure all my students feel valued and are able to reach their potential. I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to live and work in Thailand, a country I have travelled to many times as a tourist and have a deep respect for. In my spare time I love to explore, swim, dive, travel, spend time with family, try new things and eat Thai food!