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My name is Matt, a licensed educator with over 18 years of experience teaching both Spanish and English. As an undergraduate, I attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where I majored in Spanish and Sociology, with a concentration in Latin American Studies. My graduate degree in Spanish is from Middlebury College, an immersion program in which you pledge to only listen, read, write and speak in the language that you are studying for the duration of each of the four summers you attend; this program is renowned among the most rigorous programs of language study in the nation. During the last decade, I have also had the pleasure of leading students on trips and exchanges in Spain, Ecuador, Argentina, and Chile. When I'm not teaching, you can find me exploring the neighborhood with my 2 year-old Havanese, cheering on the Red Sox from Spring Training to the World Series, or taking road trips with friends all up and down the East Coast.
My teaching style is clear and energetic and I am confident in my ability to push students to achieve great things, while offering a lot of support along the way. Furthermore, my students describe me as easy to relate to, since outside of class we talk about everything from sports to music. Nevertheless, I always make it clear that while I am easy to talk to, my objective is to help my students succeed academically, to help them to be the best they can be.
For more than 5 years, I have tutored students in ACT English, both with tutoring companies in the greater Philadelphia and Washington areas, and also independently. With weekly one-hour sessions over a period of six months, helped my most recent student score about 5 points higher than she had been expecting on this section.
The most helpful material I have found thus far in ACT exam preparation has been The Real ACT; typically, my students and I work on sections simultaneously, and thoroughly discuss the answers, to resolve any /all questions they may have.
In addition to teaching Advanced English as a Second Language at the secondary and collegiate levels, I have also taught English at the middle school level for 5 years in Philadelphia, and have worked extensively as an independent English tutor.
Constantly looking to refine my craft, I attend regional and national professional development workshops each year, and am a long-standing member of the National Council of Teachers of English.
The first time that I taught English as a Second Language to international students was at the Georgetown Preparatory School in the summer of 1996, when I worked as an English Teacher and counselor for the school's International Program. During that summer, I taught students from Spain, Indonesia, Japan, the Dominican Republic, Turkey and Taiwan; the conversational ability and written proficiency of my students in the program were at a high intermediate level.
During the summer of 1998, I worked at the Boston Institute of Intercultural Communication, teaching courses in current events, pronunciation, and American music. After dedicating many of the next years to completing my Master's degree, and to pursuing travel opportunities, I returned to my roots as an English teacher during the summer of 2007, teaching English at Pine Manor College's English Language Institute. There, I taught courses in TOEFL Exam preparation, Conversation, Reading Comprehension and English Composition. Then, between 2008 and 2012, I taught ESL in Philadelphia with the Thomas Shortman Training Program, which provides employees of a labor union the opportunity to improve their English language skills with four-hour courses every Saturday. Presently, I teach both English and Spanish at Georgetown Prep in N. Bethesda, MD, and I teach English to students at the C&T Youth Technology Academy in Rockville, MD.
I have a Master's Degree in Spanish from Middlebury College, 2005, 18 years of teaching Spanish to adolescents and adults, am currently teaching Spanish and English at Georgetown Prep, and have overseas travel experience to Ecuador, Spain, Chile and Argentina.
I have extensive experience working with students in improving their study skills, with a particular focus on the following:
Note-taking skills from a lecture
Note-taking skills from a reading
The writing process
The methods that I use in helping students in these areas are backed by extensive research and are supported by colleges and universities across the nation.
You'll be very pleased!!! — Matt: Is an excellent Spanish tutor with lots of background in the subject area. Matt worked with my daughter for about 2 months and she loved every minute of it. He is knowledgeable, encouraging, smart and punctual. My daughter has even asked for homework assignments from him now, what teenager in their right mind asks for more work? He's just a great guy, very professional and I recommend him ...
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