Zhenzhen Miao has a background in both education and translation and has worked for eleven years before coming to Southampton Education School. In China, she trained as a secondary English teacher at Luoyang Teachers' College (now Luoyang Normal University). In the first year after her graduation (1999/2000), Zhenzhen was awarded the second prize in the Municipal High-Quality Teaching Competition for her performance in teaching.
Back in secondary school days, Zhenzhen had a very strong record in the learning of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Because of her excellent performance in the subject, she had been appointed as the Mathematics representative for her class for all three years in the upper secondary school. Her passion in educational issues in relation to the three subjects, particularly Mathematics, is the main power that drives her to pursue postgraduate studies (MA and PhD) after over a decade of work.
In October 2010, Zhenzhen came to Southampton Education School to study for a master's degree. Her MA dissertation (2011) compared geometrical contents of mathematics curricula between China and England. At the beginning of 2011, Zhenzhen was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship and further a Southampton Education School Award to undertake PhD research, starting her PhD journey from October 2011. Her PhD project is a comparative study on the effectiveness of mathematics teaching across China and England.