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My ESL teaching and Spanish speaking journey began in 2005. I earned valuable ESL teaching experience from working with learners of all ages from young children to adults for 5 1/2 years in México. I taught all subjects in bilingual primary schools and English Literature for a year in a private IBO (K-12) school in Querétaro, MX. I also taught adults Basic English literacy, Business English, TOEFL preparation, grammar and conversation for many years. I worked as the academic coordinator in a language institute in Querétaro, MX.
I love traveling, learning about different cultures, history, ideologies and have also traveled to over 16 countries and lived in 5, Germany, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, and Mexico. While living abroad, I experienced firsthand the struggles and daily frustrations of not being able to communicate my ideas, feelings or simply ask for directions or order from a menu at a restaurant. I am also an adult second language learner of Spanish and have great empathy for those who are having similar experiences here in the U.S. that I have had while traveling and living in other countries.
Speaking a foreign language had always been a dream of mine. In December I am graduating from Metro State University of Denver (MSUD) with a Bachelor degree in Spanish, a minor in English Linguistics, and a Spanish Translation certificate. For 2 1/2 years, I tutored adults in the ESL lab at a local community college. Working with the international students was the most rewarding and humbling experience of my life. Currently, I am tutoring English and Basic Spanish at the MSUD tutoring center.Every day I feel lucky to work and nurture personal relationships with adult students from all over the globe who are motivated, humble, determined, and grateful.
In addition to teaching and traveling, I love music, history, the social sciences, politics, nutrition, cooking, and I am an avid reader, writer, photographer and film/documentary buff.
If you have the desire and enthusiasm for learning and understand that learning a language is a lifelong process, that it takes patience, practice, persistence and commitment (like learning to play an instrument, sport or being a gifted surgeon) then I am your tutor and we will have a great experience. I can promise that I will be a compassionate, loyal and empathetic friend as well as a patient and high energy tutor who will believe in you, encourage you and help you to realize your potential and dream.
I am very excited to start our learning journey together!
First and most importantly, I love to cook! I grew up in a large family. My mother was a homemaker, made everything from scratch and taught all of her 6 children to cook and enjoy doing it. Growing up I didn't even know that you could buy chocolate frosting in a can and to this day I've never owned a microwave and 5 out of 7 nights I prepare my meals from scratch as well. I grew up in the kitchen cutting, chopping, frying, heating, stirring or measuring, mixing, rolling, kneading and baking. My mother taught me the easiest and most efficient way of doing it all. She was also a professional cake decorator and I was her apprentice.
I have an eclectic palate and I love experimenting with aromatic herb and spice combinations, savory, sweet and spicy marinades, sauces, dressings, creating new recipes and improving on old family favorites by reducing the fat and sugar without sacrificing flavor. On my travels to Europe, the Middle East and Mexico I have learned many new and interesting techniques and traditional dishes that I have incorporated into my culinary repertoire. At the moment I am also writing a cookbook. It requires extensive research, creativity and organization and I am very excited about the process and all that I am going to learn on this literary culinary journey.
Finally, I started teaching personal cooking / baking classes several months ago while living in Mexico and loved it! I am excited about continuing to spread my passion, enthusiasm and culinary skills to anyone that has the desire and eagerness to learn.
Food brings people together. It feeds our hearts and nurtures our spirits.
Food is life. Let's learn about "life" together.
My first experience teaching English was in Mexico where I taught for over 5 1/2 years, from 2005 - 2010. I taught in private K-12 schools and language institutes, young children and business professionals, basic and advanced levels. It was a humbling and simply amazing life experience!
For 2 years I taught immigrant and refugee students in writing, grammar, reading, pronunciation in the ESL tutoring center at the Community College of Denver. Currently, I am tutoring English, ESL, and basic Spanish at a local university, MSUD. I hope to continue helping and inspiring eager and willing students in writing, grammar, vocabulary, literature for years to come.
I have loved maps since I was a young girl. I think what I love most about them is imagining all of the incredible places that I could visit, the unique cultures I could experience, and fascinating natural and historical sites that I could explore! I am confident that my passion for the physical / political world will be infectious and you will gain at the very least a new appreciation for our planet and its inhabitants.
Let's go on an adventure together!
I am a GRAMMAR GEEK! I love teaching grammar! It may seem crazy, but it's true. You may not fall in love with grammar, but my goal is that with my simple explanations and enthusiasm you will at least become friends with it.
I incorporate study skills tips and strategies into all of my tutoring sessions. Strategies can include helping the student prioritize their time, organize their binders and notebooks, creating flashcards, watching short educational videos on the topic being studied, simple and effective ways to research topics, organize information/resources for essays and projects and much more.
The writing process can be a painful one. It can be difficult to even know where to start. I am very, very confident that together we can work through all of your frustration, confusion and fear about writing. I truly believe that anyone can write if given the right tools and encouragement. It is also important to understand that writing like any other learn skill, requires time, practice and commitment.
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