Marina was brought up in sub-tropical, colourful Durban, South Africa. She moved to the UK with her husband Grant in 1998. Their 3 sons were born in London where they lived for 11 years before moving to Reading. They loved the cultural mix of London – languages and foods – and thought they would lose that in a smaller town but not in Reading! Marina has a rich Jewish-Greek heritage and has lived and worked on four continents, mostly in Spanish-speaking countries. She taught English and Spanish for many years and joined the Bridges English team in Reading in 2013. She now works with 2:19 on ESL provision and development. Marina also loves the arts, reading and baking for the boys. Her best is coffee with her husband Grant and family walks in the countryside.