My prior experience includes teaching English as a second language in Peru, coordinating extracurricular activities, and providing academic support materials to students. I also spent a semester in Spain where I studied grammar, conversation, composition, translation, and folklore at the advanced level. I believe my fluency in Spanish, combined with my strengths as a creative thinker, facilitator, and teacher, would make me a strong tutor.
I have had excellent opportunities to develop teaching skills for first and second-language learners, collaborate with team members on academic support projects, design strategic curriculum and assessments based on benchmark objectives, and assist with the development of special programs and events. Besides teaching daily classes, my position as an English teacher in Peru involved creating exams, tutoring students, and developing auxiliary learning materials. Among the most satisfying experiences for me as a teacher has been partnering with students on an individual basis to assist them on their respective journeys as independent learners. I believe this collaboration, along with the willingness to think creatively, is essential to the success of every student.
Besides teaching English as a second language, I have also had excellent experience in the area of special education. In my current position, I coordinate a group of college students with disabilities who assist me as peer mentors in local special education classrooms for a grant-funded transition program. As a teacher and program coordinator, I am a consistent communicator and give regular feedback on expectations and outcomes. My goal is to empower students to assume ownership of their success, to inspire them by providing constructive encouragement, and to unlock their problem-solving skills.
My experiences as a teacher have provided me with the inspiration and opportunity to research, plan, and implement innovative tutoring programs. My research on tutoring models and my experience with at-risk and diverse learners has taught me to focus on developing measures that support students academically in order to improve retention and prevent academic failure.
My undergraduate coursework in English, History, and Spanish has provided me with articulate verbal and written skills, and my experience both as a second-language learner and teacher has extended my skills in cross-cultural communication. In the near future I plan to study at the graduate level to receive a Master of Arts in English with a concentration in Teaching. I believe obtaining this degree will deepen my understanding of how students learn, as well as increase my ability to assist them.
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