Francesca Souter
Freelance Specialist Languages Teacher in Marbella, Spain.

“I left Lincoln Minster School in 2012, after studying at the school for seven years. I went on to study for a BA in Modern Languages and Cultures, specialising in Spanish and Italian, at Hatfield College, University of Durham and achieved a Second Class (Upper Division).

“In my time since leaving LMS, I have worked as an au pair, a teacher and a post office worker. My degree took me to both Spain and Italy, where I taught Spanish and then English, realising that while the thought of teaching subjects like Maths or Biology filled me with dread, specialist language teaching could be the way forward.

“This year, I took a leap of faith and moved to Spain, where I am now freelance language teacher, focusing on Spanish, Italian and English as a foreign language. I work for small language schools, as well as privately, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds. Some days I teach 4 year olds through songs and games, others I teach adults looking to learn key vocab and practice conversations. It’s a very varied job!

“Lincoln Minster taught me to dream big and go for what I want in life. I can say with certainty that every teacher who ever taught me shaped me in some way or another, whether they know it or not! Without the school and its fantastic teachers, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

“My advice to current students would be to take advantage of every opportunity available at Minster, as you never know when something small you learn will come in handy later in life.”