My name is Brian, and I am a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a BA in Spanish and a Certificate in Global Business Culture. I currently work for a contracting company where I am responsible for the oversight and direction of all advertising and procurement affairs. On the weekends, I volunteer for a community organization in the Belmont-Craigin area of Chicago, IL called the Northwest Neighborhood Federation - an affiliate of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. I am also a translator for 'New Americans Initiative Workshops' assisting legal permanent residents complete United States naturalization applications.
While in high school, I was a member of the Spanish Honor Society (membership exclusively awarded to students with a 4.0/4.0 GPA for Seven Consecutive Semesters of Spanish Coursework) which provided tutoring for fellow students of the Spanish language who were failing to complete and pass their respective coursework and examinations. The after-school program I participated in ultimately contributed to the successful passing rate of over 30 students who were initially in danger of failing elementary, intermediate and advanced level Spanish courses. As a High Honors student at Naperville Central High School, with an overall GPA of 3.9/4.0, I also independently provided tutoring to many peers and friends who were not as academically proficient or focused as myself in various subjects ranging from Advanced Algebra and Geometry to several advanced English courses.
While completing my advanced coursework at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign as a Spanish language and literature major, I had the opportunity to utilize my Spanish knowledge as a volunteer for the East Central Illinois Mutual Refugee Assistance Center. This local community organization provided general consultation for immigrants in the community in their attempt to successfully assimilate and, most importantly, integrate into the Champaign Urbana Area. On a weekly basis I facilitated workshops which taught English as a Second language to Hispanic immigrants and refugees with an emphasis on vocational vocabulary.
The importance and relevance of second language acquisition for young students today is undeniable. The Spanish language is especially prevalent as the country evolves as an integrated community both domestically and globally. The U.S. Census Bureau, for example, projects that Hispanics will constitute 24 percent of the nation's total population, or 102.6 million people by the year 2050. As young students develop into global citizens themselves, their understanding of foreign culture and language will be an imperative. My personal acquisition of Spanish with near-native proficiency and subsequent ability to conquer the Portuguese language as a visiting scholar abroad at the Universidade Federal do Ceará in Fortaleza, Brazil, has provided me with cultural insight and perspective I would not have without my second and third language acquisition.
As a personalized tutor, I translate this message and the many cultural experiences I have had, both domestically and abroad, to provide a foundation/inspiration for struggling students to improve and fulfill their own academic pursuits. Any student has the capacity to excel provided they are given the right direction and encouragement. With a diverse academic background, various cultural experiences as well as technical training with a flexible and patient approach, I am a mentor and tutor capable of helping any student regain confidence in the classroom and improve their overall academic status.
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