Ann began teaching in the field of English as an Additional Language in Croydon and worked in a wide range of secondary schools and sixth form colleges. She held the post of Deputy Team Leader of the Croydon Secondary EAL Team for six years, and later became joint Senior Manager in the Croydon EMA Service. She worked in partnership with Islington secondary schools to help raise the achievement of minority ethnic pupils, teaching on a wide range of courses. Her particular interest is in bilingualism and identity. She completed a doctorate on the achievements and aspirations of Turkish and Kurdish girls at Key Stage 4. She is currently teaching in an East London school.