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I have traveled abundantly and interacted with people from many cultures. I have a world of experiences and acquired knowledge that I want to share with others. I am now a grandmother and want to pass my skills through tutoring. My life education has made me qualified to tutor the following subjects effectively. Here is a summary.
FIA (Fashion Institute of America in Atlanta GA which is now the fashion part of The Art Institute of Atlanta; Courses in women/children garment construction, basic pattern making from measurements, manipulation of patterns to design, hand smocking, knitting, crochet. Experience in sewing children's designer clothing as well as general sewing.
Berlitz, Instituto International de Ingles, Company classes/translations in International Companies: Knorr Suiza, Chrysler of Venezuela, etc.
Total Immersion Spanish education in speaking, reading, writing & translating by living in Venezuela 24 years.
Teach basic English Grammar and essay writing skills.
Work with children teaching basic English & Spanish communication skills.
I have college education although I never completed a degree. I am also a Licensed Practical Nurse in the state of GA and work with geriatric patients, which requires an abundance of patience just like with children. While in nursing school I worked as a bilingual youth counselor in a local after school program. As you probably have read from my profile, although I was born and raised right here in GA, I did spend many of my adult years living in South America, where I raised both of my children. They are now two grown successful adults. I always helped them with their homework not only in Spanish, but also in English, and thanks to that, they are perfectly bilingual as well. I am now doing the same with two of my grandchildren who are in elementary school.
As a grandmother and nurse life experiences have given me an abundance of patience and capability to teach children with great success.
I know that it is desirable if not a necessity for you to learn English. I can tell you that I know how you feel, because when I moved to Venezuela, I could not speak one word of Spanish. As time passed though, I did learn and very well as you can too. The advantage of speaking Spanish as well as English makes me a more versatile teacher. I am also familiar with the Latino culture.
Having lived in a another country where I could not communicate even basic needs without the help of someone else, has given me the empathy to understand your needs as well as the knowledge of knowing that a lesson in English grammar is not necessarily what you really need at least now in the beginning. The most important thing at first is to be able to communicate verbally with understandable pronunciation and the reading and writing will come later.
Sewing is my passion and I learned it as a little girl at my mother's knee. I have ample experience sewing and teaching others to sew. Although some may consider this a lost art, there are still a lot of young people fascinated with making something for themselves. I teach general sewing machine use and how to use commercial patterns. I can also teach basic pattern making and how to alter patterns. If you have a specific project in mind I can help you with that as well. Clothing for children and women as well as decorations and bags, we can do it all. Email me via WyzAnt with any questions.
Spanish is my second language and I understand the challenges involved in learning it. I prefer to teach it in a conversational format adding grammar explanations only as needed. Once you are able to carry on a basic conversation then I introduce more grammar and reading. This is the method that worked for me and is the best way to learn to speak the language fluently without translating as you speak. I am experienced with teaching all ages. If you have any questions for me please email me via WyzAnt.
West Central Technical College (LPN)
Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00
Cancellation: 24 hours notice required
Group rates can be arranged in all my subject areas. Price discounts can also be discussed for multiple hours or long term tutoring sessions.
Donna will travel within 10 miles of Carbondale, IL 62901.
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