Dear Students and Parents,
Thank you for considering me! I am a University of Cambridge CELTA-certified English teacher and a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University. I have tutored and taught adults, youth and children in private lessons, the public school system and through nonprofit educational organizations since 1997. As a teacher, I have three important priorities: to help students to improve their English or Spanish communication and comprehension skills, to build their self-confidence in speaking, reading and writing, and to enjoy learning. I care deeply about my students' interests and goals, and that guides what and how we study. I think that learning should be both interesting and fun. In my years of teaching, I have seen that happy, engaged students make the best progress. I want my students to love learning as much as I love teaching.
As I get to know a student's learning style and personality, I adjust my teaching style to find the best fit for each student. There is no one 'right way' to teach or learn, so I adapt my teaching as I see how each student learns best. I'm a flexible and creative tutor, and I enjoy solving the puzzle of finding the most effective teaching methods for each student. I offer a free one-hour consultation meeting, so I can learn more about potential students and they can learn more about me and ask questions before deciding to study with me.
As a professionally trained ESL teacher, I can teach students all aspects of the English language including speaking, conversation and presentation, reading and listening comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, writing, English literature, and TOEFL test preparation. Please read my subject descriptions for ESL, reading, vocabulary, writing, TOEFL preparation, literature and public speaking for more information on how I can help students in each area.
I am an experienced English language arts teacher and am familiar with the California State/Common Core Language Arts Standards. I have taught all aspects of English Language Arts, with a special emphasis on reading comprehension and academic and creative writing. I also teach phonics, word decoding skills and fluency-building techniques for beginning and struggling readers. I have a specialty in the area of academic intervention: supporting students to learn and achieve their educational goals by helping them to discover their preferred learning styles and to effectively utilize learning strategies based on those learning styles. I believe that all students should have the joy of understanding what they read and the satisfaction of expressing their ideas clearly and compellingly in writing.
I teach SAT, ACT, CBEST, GED and TOEFL test preparation with a special emphasis on English, reading comprehension, writing and critical thinking skills. These tests measure not just skills and knowledge but test-taking ability, so I also demonstrate and encourage students to develop effective test-taking strategies.
I teach and tutor Spanish, and I am the editor of a Spanish textbook and workbook series published by Internacional del Español in Quito, Ecuador. As a Spanish as a Second Language speaker and the editor of a Spanish instructional curriculum series, I can help students understand the crucial differences and intriguing similarities between Spanish and English. I can teach speaking and conversation, reading, Spanish literature, and writing. I can also advise students hoping to travel and study Spanish in Latin America on how to select and prepare for a Spanish immersion or other study abroad program, as I did in Ecuador in 2011.
I have more than eight years of teaching experience with children, youth and adults. I am patient, friendly, responsible and dedicated to my students' educational progress and enjoyment of learning.
I graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University in 1991, completed advanced level Spanish studies at Academia Latinoamericana de Español in Ecuador in 2011 and earned my University of Cambridge CELTA ESL teaching certificate in 2012 at St. Giles International. I have lived, studied, volunteered and traveled in North and South America, Asia and Europe.
I currently have available times on: Wednesdays between 9:30 am and 6:00 pm, and Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 am and 4:00-6:30 pm. I also have openings on Tuesdays from 3-5 pm and Fridays from 3-4 pm and 5:30-6:30 pm. Please note that the Tuesday and Friday times are for classes in Pacifica only. Classes in Pacifica are at a discounted rate of $48 per hour.
I speak English, Spanish, some French, some Italian, and some Tibetan.
Hablo espanol y tengo experiencia y una especialidad en la ensenanza de ingles a los hablantes nativos de espanol y castellano. Por favor, escribame en espanol si usted lo prefiere.
Je parle francais, mais je n'ai pas practiquee parler depuis dix ans. Je peut lire et ecrire francais mieux que je le peut parler. Si vous voulez, vous pouvez ecrire et je peut repondre en francais.
Io capisco un po l'Italiano. Io sono Italo-Americana.
DISCOUNTS for PACIFICA RESIDENTS and CLASSES in PACIFICA: I enjoy working with students in my own community. Therefore, I offer a discounted rate of $48 PER HOUR to students living in Pacifica or willing to travel to Pacifica for classes. Come to Pacifica for tutoring with an ocean view! (Please mention *PACIFICA DISCOUNT*.)
DISCOUNTS for CLASSES in other PENINSULA CITIES: I offer a discounted rate of $55 PER HOUR to students in DALY CITY, SAN BRUNO and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO. (Please mention *PENINSULA DISCOUNT*.)
SCHOLARSHIPS: Please see the special needs section of my profile for information on scholarships. I also offer significantly reduced rates for foster-care students with financial need and for international refugee or displaced students.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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