Carina grew up in Saudi Arabia and was educated in the British system. She gained her BA (Hons) in Applied Social Science – Crime at the University of York. For four years, she worked at a residential special school for teenage boys. Carina completed her teacher training at the Institute of Education and gained her PGCE at University College London. She taught Years 3 to 6 for four years in London before teaching Year 1 in Istanbul, Turkey for two years. Carina enjoys trekking, running and scuba diving as well as theatre and has been known to dabble in amateur dramatics.