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I always loved languages, traveling, and history. I was born in Moldova and moved to Florida at the age of 15. Russian and Romanian were my only languages before coming to America. Upon my arrival in the US, I started learning and speaking Spanish and English at the same time. In high school my exceptional language skills were recognized with the prestigious Honorable Mention/Silver Knight award in the Foreign Languages Category.
Upon graduation from high school I knew that I wanted to continue improving my Spanish skills. I enrolled in a bilingual Spanish program at the University of Florida and graduated with a double major, earning Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Spanish and Business Administration. I have worked at the Institute of Hispanic/Latino cultures and wrote a paper about Cuban refugees that was later published in the University of Florida scholarly journal. Finally, I also have my law degree from the University of Florida and am a licensed attorney in the states of New York and Pennsylvania.
I enjoy teaching and have taught conversational English to foreign students at the English Language Institute. I currently work as an Immigration Specialist for a relocation company in Pittsburgh where I coordinate global immigration. Every day I communicate with my clients and partners in Spanish and learn about places in the world that inspire me to travel. In addition, I work as a freelance interpreter and translator for various private agencies.
I currently teach Reading and Math to children through "No Child Left Behind Program" in Wyoming through Eduwizards.
My students range from K to 7th grade and most of them require help with ESOL English as well since they are from Hispanic families. I have about 15 students and do approximately 2-3 sessions a week. I often find myself translating from English into Spanish and from Spanish into English and take my time to ensure that the students comprehend.
In the beginning I always conduct an assessment and then target the student's weak areas. I incorporate grammar and vocabulary building in my reading classes. For mathematics, I teach from counting forward and backwards to long division.
I understand that one hour of mathematics can be difficult to concentrate for many students, therefore I usually do 30 minutes of math and then 30 minutes of reading.
I always work toward engaging the student rather then simply giving answers.
I tutor students of different ages through various tutoring agencies. I am often asked regarding the best techniques in learning the material and doing well on the test.
Depending on the student's level, I always advise to practice as much as possible. In my own experience of going through college, law school and then studying for New York and Pennsylvania bar exams, I noticed that reading large textbooks never worked. Making outlines and doing practice questions and practice essays worked for me. In addition, I suggest making flash cards and having a family or a friend to test the student.
I also teach K-6 ESOL children to read and I always encourage them to read to me what they like and at the same time, I try to find something that interests them to ensure that reading in English becomes something they actually enjoy.
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