Hello my name is Mercedes and I am really excited to tell you a little about myself as an instructor/tutor. I am a graduate of both UCLA and West Los Angeles College in Social and Behavioral Sciences & Gender Studies (emphasis in Psychology/Child Development). I have over 15 years of direct experience in education with students of all ages. I have tutored reading and writing as well as ESL. I facilitated special events and play activities for summer programs and mentor-ships. I have also worked as a college preparatory adviser/mentor. When creating workshops and materials for classes, I use my knowledge of basic computer programs to enhance my instruction with PowerPoint presentations, MS Publisher for calendars and much more. Most recently I have worked as an instructor at a international school in Brazil with students learning English as a second language. I like to follow a Reggio Emilia and Montessori approach to teaching and learning, drawing on the interests and learning style of the student to lead instruction/curriculum. I use a variety of materials/manipulatives to engage the student and to facilitate exploration of new information and expanding on existing ideas. I am patient and flexible. I am looking forward to having fun while learning. Thank you for your interest. See you soon!
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