I am fluent in Portuguese
, having taken advanced coursework in both languages at the university level and having lived and worked in Latin
America. In addition to being born in South America, I have lived worked and traveled to 12 Spanish speaking countries. I have also traveled extensively on my 6 trips to Brazil, visiting 11 Brazilian states. I have an excellent grammatical foundation and an extensive vocabulary
in both languages, including colloquial and idiomatic expressions. I am equally adept at reading
, and conversational skills. I am particularly attuned to differences between Spanish and Portuguese. There are a lot of similarities but also a lot of differences, particularly when it comes to pronunciation.
I find mathematics
to be a fascinating and fun subject. I have an MS in Engineering. I have encountered many students with anxiety when it comes to math
. I am a calm person by nature and have had considerable success reducing math anxiety which allows for an atmosphere conducive to enjoyable learning. I feel that it is very important to break mathematics down into understandable components. Understanding fundamental concepts is the key to learning more complex ideas and solving advanced problems.
I enjoy teaching. I have taught upper-level high school math and science
in Ecuador, taught Spanish to middle school students in the Upward Bound Program, and worked at the elementary school level as a volunteer. I have conducted training programs at the corporate level in a variety of technical areas. I strive to establish an intellectual connection with the student, regardless of age or background. Each student is an individual who learns most effectively at his/her own pace. I am very sensitive to finding that pace for each student and working at the pace. It is very important to establish a good base which can serve as a firm foundation for future learning.
24 hours notice required
Travels within 6 miles of Washington, DC 20011