My name is Rachel, and I love to help students learn! I am a Language
Arts tutor, and an ESL
teacher and tutor, with special interest in American English
Pronunciation. I respect each student's strengths and weaknesses, providing support in areas they need it, so that they can go beyond what they would be able to do on their own.
I actually started tutoring students in reading
, as a teacher's helper for a classmate from overseas, in 2nd grade
! And I helped others with reading when I was in high school, and then again more recently, since being a Language Arts
tutor in the local middle school.
As for language and cross-cultural background, I went to high school in another language, namely, Dutch
, on the island of Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles. Later I received a B.A. degree in Modern Languages from Tabor College in Hillsboro, KS. After that, I received an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, TX. And I worked 4 years in Indonesia, before beginning to teach ESL/ESOL
in the U.S.
My experience includes: over 5 years of reading and writing
tutoring to children and young people, 3 years of which were as a tutor at Sage Park Middle School in Windsor, CT; 4 years of personal language learning, linguistics, and Bible translation work while living in Indonesia; 7 years of teaching ESL/ESOL at ABC Adult School in Cerritos, CA; over 10 years of in-home and out-of-home ESL/ESOL/American English Pronunciation tutoring, to students of all ages (children and adults); ; 3 years of tutoring ESL/ESOL students at Sage Park Middle School in Windsor, CT (grades 6 - 8); 1 summer teaching Phonetics to small groups of university-level linguistic students at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK; and 1 summer teaching American English Pronunciation to business
employees of Electronic Data Systems in Cypress, CA.
On a completely different note, something else I love to do is Raw Vegan Food "Un-cooking
"! After several training courses, and over 6 years of eating this way, I have learned - and would love to teach you! - how to prepare amazingly delicious and tasty recipes, that are at the same time incredibly good for you and your health!
I look forward to hearing from you!!