My name is Nancy. I am a recently retired Spanish, ESL and English teacher who is now tutoring, Spanish, ESL, English and Italian.
My B.A. is in Spanish, with a minor in English. My M.A. is in Comparative Literature, which is similar to a Master's in English but with a foreign language requirement. I chose Spanish and Latin American literature.
I am a certified K-12 Spanish teacher, and I am a fluent Spanish speaker with a strong command of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. I taught high school Spanish for fifteen years and was a foreign language department head at a large high school in Georgia. I am ESOL-endorsed by the State of Georgia and have seven years experience in ESL teaching. I am a certified English teacher and have taught English at the college and high school levels. I am also at an advanced proficiency level in Italian. Finally, I have worked as an editorial assistant and proofreader for book publishers.
Language teaching requires even more patience and sensitivity than are needed to teach other subjects because language is closely tied to a person's feelings. I know because I'm a language learner myself. Having studied English, Spanish, French and most recently Italian, I can easily put myself in your shoes. Therefore, patience and sensitivity are among my most important tools as a teacher of English or foreign language.
I see my students as unique individuals, each with his or her own talents to apply to the learning process. My belief in the potential of each student is what makes me a great teacher.
You already know that your results will be measured not only by your tutor but also by your commitment. Improving your English reading and writing skills or mastering a foreign language requires dedication and discipline. My role is to give you the tools you need and to be your coach and cheerleader, and I have an outstanding track record with the students I have tutored.
Finally, I believe that with my help, advancing your command of English, Spanish, or Italian will be a labor of love. I believe that like me, you will find pleasure and a sense of accomplishment in both the process and the outcome of your efforts.
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