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Life at Stowe
Life at Stowe
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Miss Ana Vidal Garcia
Language Assistant, Under Housemistress, Fourth Form Tutor
Modern Languages, Stanhope House
MA Vigo, MA Barcelona
Life before Stowe
I did my undergraduate degree and one master’s degree in education at the University of Vigo (Spain). I had the opportunity to study abroad for two years in the USA; those were the best academic years of my life. After that I lived and worked in Barcelona for two years while I was doing a master’s degree that would qualify me to teach Spanish. Once I finished, I worked part time at three schools near Birmingham.
What do you enjoy most about your subject?
I love being a language assistant. I feel very lucky for having the opportunity of having one to one lessons with my students as it’s a true joy to see how, as time goes by, they are able to speak more fluently in Spanish. Also I feel very honoured whenever I give class support in any lesson as I always learn something new from my colleagues and the students.
What do you enjoy most about Stowe?
One of the best things about my job is that I get to work with wonderful colleagues both in the Spanish Department and in Stanhope. I truly enjoy getting to know the Stoics outside the classroom and having the opportunity of seeing how they flourish at this important stage in their lives.
What is your favourite Lesson?
Any of my lessons are my favourite as it’s a gift to be able to help students improve their confidence with the Spanish language.
What do others say about you?
My closest family and friends say that I’m well-organised and a good listener. If anyone needs my help, I try my best to always be there for them even if we’re thousands of miles away.
I love trying new things, and I’m always keen to learn. Even though I have a terrible sense of direction I love visiting new places or hiking because every time I get lost, I discover unforgettable places and have experiences that I would never have had if everything had gone according to a particular plan.
Whenever I have the opportunity I love travelling around the world with my family and friends. On my free time, I love watching TV series, going to the cinema, the theatre, a concert or having dinner with my friends. I’m also a huge football fan and I never miss a FC Barcelona match.