Hi! My name is Elizabeth, but everyone calls me Cara. I have over ten years of experience teaching English, writing, grammar, Spanish, and music in the classroom and one-on-one. As an educator versed in the practices of Positive Youth Development, I believe that only a small part of my job is to impart information; the greater part of my work is to equip students with the tools and skills to approach the challenges of school and daily life with confidence and success. I collaborate with my diverse students to create individualized pathways of understanding that help them reach their own conclusions, visualize realistic applications, celebrate their own creative voices, and truly internalize subjects through relevant experiential learning. My mantra is simple: “Expectations become outcomes.” By maintaining high standards, holding students accountable for their work, and approaching them with kindness, understanding, and flexibility, I elicit hard work and academic success.
I graduated with degrees in Latin American Studies and Vocal Performance from Johns Hopkins University and Peabody Conservatory as part of their prestigious double degree program. While I was in college, I worked summers at St. Alban's summer programs, first as an assistant teacher in their skills development programs, and then as a lead teacher in Spanish. Right after college, I started working as an English teacher with a local learning center with a very diverse clientele whose native languages included English, Spanish, Farsi and Korean, just to name a few. For more than five years I tutored Students one-on-one in vocabulary, reading comprehension, essay writing, and homework. I led classes in SAT preparation, vocabulary, essay writing, and grammar. A co-worker and I developed visual organizers, worksheets, and tracking forms that are still in use at the company today. I've recently completed four and a half years in a bilingual nonprofit that works with Latino youth and their families. At this organization, I facilitated after-school programs, developed curriculum, edited reports and website content, and wrote proposals. This diverse array of challenges was very rewarding and challenged me to expand my view of teaching and my understanding of working with youth.
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