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Meet the Team: Hannah Miller

Teamwork is a big part of what makes Centro Linguistico a great school. Our teachers often work together to solve problems, share ideas, and support each other. That being said, we'd like to share some interesting information about some of our teachers in our Meet the Team series.

We're starting with a great teacher who has lots of worldly experience to bring to the classroom: Hannah Miller.

1. Where did you grow up? 
I grew up in the beautiful English countryside in Somerset, near Bath although I was born in Oxford and lived in the country there until I was 5. 

2. When did you start teaching?
I began teaching in 2003 in Jakarta, Indonesia for English First.

3. Why did you go into teaching?
After graduating in Biochemistry and Zoology, I took a break from science and started working for the Society of London Theatre in London. It was a refreshing change, but after a couple of years of office life, I decided that I wanted to work abroad and travel. Teaching English provided all the opportunities that I needed. I was also considering teaching science as a long-term career. 

4. What is your favourite thing about teaching? 
My favourite aspect of teaching is that every lesson and every day is different. I love learning and I find that I am always learning new things or new ways of looking at things from my students. It is also challenging and so, therefore, it is never dull. 

5. How do you make sure your students are engaged and meeting their personal goals?
I think that a friendly face and praise go a long way to encourage students. I also believe that playing with language and personalising lessons helps to make learning a language enjoyable. Mapping out personal goals and working towards targets are a great way of showing students that they are on their way to achieving their goals. 

6. What's something you could talk about for hours?
I'm not much of a small talker but if the conversation is good, I could go on for hours. I'm a mum of two small children and I think, like any parent, I could talk about them until the cows come home. 

7. Finish the sentence: In the last 12 months I have... 
.....not slept enough. Please see question number 6. 

8. What's the #1 advice you give to your students?
I think it must be "keep going, keep talking!" I always try to get students to stay positive and remind them that they are doing well. You just have to keep going and be resilient, making mistakes and learning from them is the best way to learn. 

9. What's your favourite word in English? 
My favourite is actually two words: had had. It looks like a mistake but it's not and it sounds a little bit like a different language. 

10. If you weren't a teacher, what other type of job would you like to have? 
I think that if I hadn't become a teacher, I would have liked to work in a research laboratory. More recently, after having taught Business English for a while, I have thought that if I weren't teaching I would like to start up a business.

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