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, so in Jan. 2011 after many, many years away, I returned to university to earn a degree in Spanish and a minor in English Linguistics. For the last 2 years, I have also been tutoring adults in the ESL lab at a local community college. Working with the international students has been the most rewarding and humbling experience of my life. 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!
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