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I am an accomplished, respected, Spanish–English bilingual international educator who mentors and connects people across cultures to accomplish their personal goals. I am also a versatile and experienced teacher from Pre-K to doctoral levels. My students describe me as patient, encouraging, and knowledgeable. They also appreciate that I push them to achieve their goals with my high expectations.
Regarding cultural sensitivity, I have lived in Puerto Rico (5 years), Panama (4 years) and Colombia (1 year)., and worked extensively with two universities in Ecuador which required numerous visits lasting from one week to four months. One of those stays was a Fulbright Lecturer-Researcher project (2006). In my Ecuadorian work, I evaluate and advise students writing their Master’s Theses in both Spanish and English. I also grew up in New Mexico, so I have been connected to Latino culture for most of my life. I hold a BA degree in Spanish, and I have worked as a Spanish teacher at the Junior High and High School Levels. I am a good tutor and teacher who can patiently motivate my students.
I have a strong background in English, especially in American, English, multicultural and world literature. I also have a strong background in teaching writing and grammar. My teaching experience is varied, and I have taught ESL to all age groups from Pre-K to adult. I have also served as a writing coach for undergraduate and master's students.
I have been working in the field of ESL/ESOL for more than 20 years. I have taught students on all age levels from Pre-kindergartners to Master's students. I specialize in reading and writing, but I also enjoy teaching speaking and listening. Please contact me because I would be a good tutor for your family member.
I am a certified Spanish teacher, who is fluent in Spanish. I have lived and worked for many years in countries where Spanish is the main language. I grew up in New Mexico, but I didn't learn to speak Spanish until I was in college and went to Colombia for a study abroad program.
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