Meet The Team

The school offers an efficient and professional service and has highly-qualified and experienced teachers. It is recognised by the Portuguese Ministry of Education. The languages taught are English, Portuguese, German and French.  Students can choose to study in groups or have private lessons. Private lessons are a better option for students with limited time or specific needs.

Centro de Línguas de Lagos - Maureen McKeeve

Maureen McKeeve

Owner

Maureen has owned the school for over 20 year now. She graduated in English Language and
Literature from St Andrews University. She is really proud to have an excellent team of teachers who work hard to ensure that students have a unique learning opportunity which is directly related to their personal needs or that of their company. She enjoys walking her dogs, birdwatching and reading.
Ana Duarte - Centro de Línguas de Lagos

Ana Duarte

Secretary

It is absolutely not an exaggeration to say that the smooth running of the school depends on Ana, a qualified secretary and receptionist, who has been working here for fifteen years.

As well as taking care of administrative details and scheduling courses, she understands that students are all different, with various reasons for learning, and she can give expert and friendly advice on the best course to help achieve ambitions. She is fluent in Portuguese and English.

She loves walking her dog, arts and crafts, reading and cooking.

Maria João Lima - Centro de Línguas de Lagos

Maria João Lima

Portuguese Teacher

Maria João is our highly experienced Director of Studies, with a degree from the University of Lisbon. She actually started her teaching career in Portuguese state schools but then decided she was really more interested in teaching adults in language schools. She has been on our team since 1998.

She mainly works with private students at all levels. Our students are from different countries and backgrounds, which means she has to make sure the lessons are precisely structured to the needs of the students. She knows a lot about the local history and will take interested students on a guided tour of Lagos. This is always followed by a coffee and custard tart in a café near here.

Maria João has regular meetings with publishers to make sure we have the best course books and up-to-date material.

She loves going to museums and art galleries, reading and visiting new places.

Sónia Melo - Centro de Línguas de Lagos

Sónia Melo

Portuguese Teacher

The school is extremely lucky to have Sónia on the team.

She has a degree in European Studies and International Relations and a master’s degree in Portuguese - both degrees from Brigham Young University. She joined the teaching staff here 15 years ago and she has proved herself to be a highly motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated teacher who wants all her students to be successful learners.

Sónia has excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the outstanding ability to adapt to her students’ needs. She makes sure her lessons are always stimulating and enjoyable. She clearly loves her work.

She likes travelling and making wonderful cakes. She also does a lot of voluntary work in the local community.

Pedro Cassiano - Centro de Línguas de Lagos

Pedro Cassiano

Portuguese and French Teacher

Pedro, a highly valued member of staff, has been with us now for eight years. He graduated in Portuguese and French from Lisbon New University and has a post-graduate degree in Education from the same university.

He is well aware that students make the most progress when they are enjoying themselves and he makes sure that motivation levels in his lessons are high. His sunny personality makes him really popular with his students.

His other passions are music, acting and cycling.

Sílvia Nande

Portuguese and English Teacher

Sílvia has been on our team since January 2018. She has an excellent work ethic and a strong commitment to optimising her students' success. She's warm, friendly and has superb communication skills.

Sílvia was born in Lagos and has travelled extensively. She lived in Canada for 10 years and studied at Winnipeg University. She has worked as a developer and translator for an IBM Company in Winnipeg and also for the International Centre of Winnipeg as community interpreter and translator. Despite these really interesting experiences, she's happy to be back in Lagos.

She loves films and modern art.

Annie James

English Teacher

Annie James has been teaching for many years after an early career in Fine Arts. She is qualified with the Cambridge University CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) and IHYLTC (International House Young Learners Teaching Certificate). She also has a BA honours degree and two master’s degrees from the United Kingdom.

Annie has taught in Spain and in Portugal, mainly in Portimão and Lagos. She has experience and is equally comfortable with a range of ages. She taught 3-5 year olds in Lisbon for International House and has fronted language learning workshops in professional settings for large companies. Her main teaching group has been teenagers in preparation for Cambridge exams.

Annie believes that a teacher must be flexible to the needs of her students and that if the classroom is too book-based then students become bored and don’t learn. A language has to be used in real contexts. Her teaching philosophy is that learning should be interactive and fun, with an emphasis on speaking and confidence building.

In her spare time Annie enjoys training her dog, surfing, fitness and she is currently writing her first novel.

Christina Collier - Centro de Línguas de Lagos

Christina Collier

English Teacher

The school is really happy to have Christina back - she worked here 12 years ago before leaving to continue her career in Lisbon. She decided to return to Lagos because of the more relaxed lifestyle.

A highly qualified teacher, she is bilingual in English and Portuguese. She graduated from Reading University, holds a PGCE from the University of London, a Master’s Degree from the University of Lisbon and the DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults).
She has worked in a variety of contexts teaching one-to-one and group classes of all levels and age groups.

She is a certified Cambridge Speaking Examiner for the Young Learners and Main Suite exams and has vast experience preparing students for the IELTS exams.
A keen reader, she is a member of a Lagos book club.

In her free time, she enjoys travelling, hiking and meeting new people.