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Two minutes with...Harriet Ross

26 January, 2016

In the latest of our series of two-minute interviews we meet Kings Boston's Harriet Ross.

1) What do you do at Kings?
Officially my title at Kings is ESOL Instructor; however, I am the type of person who loves getting involved in every aspect of a job that I love. As a result, I have been participating in many student activities and other committees. I have also been tutoring students in need of remediation.

2) How long have you worked at Kings and what did you do before?
I have been working for Kings Education for the past 4 months. In my forty years before that, my primary job has always been teaching ESOL and/or working as a counselor for ESOL students in public school systems. My secondary jobs have always involved teaching ESOL students at community colleges, adult learning centers, and intensive English Language programs, teaching students from 3 to 65 and from 26 different countries.

3) What do you enjoy most at your job?
There are so many things! Here at Kings, I especially love the people that I'm working with. They are so warm and friendly – it's really like a family. As for the students, I have always felt that they give me so much more than I could ever give to them. I feel so blessed to be a part of such an amazing family.

4) What do you like most about Boston?
In the course of my 40-year career, I have worked in many parts of the country – Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia – yet nothing compares to Boston. It's a big city, with a small-town feel, and has the finest restaurants, best sports teams, theaters and concerts, educational institutes and medical facilities in the world. You can find seashore towns, walking and biking trails, historical sites and museums, and an abundance of cultural diversity.

5) Where is the best place you ever went?
There are two – the many lakes and mountains in Maine, and San Francisco. They are both favorite vacation spots.

6) What is the last book you read?
I am Malala and Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman.

7) What is your favorite film?
My favorites are The Sound of Music, Up the Down Staircase, and Brian's Song.

8) Who would play you in a film of your life?
Many people have described me as being happy and bubbly – the eternal optimist and fun to be around. For this reason, I feel Julia Roberts or Goldie Hawn would be best.

9) Which well-known figure would you most like to invite to dinner?
Pope Francis.

10) What is your favorite quote?
Do what makes you happy
Be with who makes you smile
Laugh as much as you breathe
Love as long as you live.