I have always loved foreign languages and began my study of French in 7th grade. In 9th grade, I began to study Spanish. I decided to major in foreign languages in college. I studied French, Spanish and German. I received my Bachelor's degree in French Studies from American University in Washington, D.C. I completed an internship at the Alliance Francaise in Washington, D.C. While in college, I spent 6 weeks in Avignon, France to study French through the American Institute. I lived with a French family who spoke little English. I became in love with France and its culture and decided to spend the fall semester traveling throughout France and living with friends who spoke little English. Fluency in foreign languages opened many doors for me. My first job after I graduated college was an administrative assistant at Yves St. Laurent Men's Clothing in New York City. It was required that I speak French fluently with the head office in Paris. I then worked at Societe Generale - a French Bank at its subsidiary branch in New York City. I translated important French documents for the President and eventually became a financial analyst who reviewed financial statements of French and Spanish companies. I became a teacher because of my passion for foreign languages and love of children. I've been teaching and tutoring students in both French and Spanish for more than 16 years. I even taught French voluntarily to my daughter's second grade class for a semester. As for Spanish, I took courses at Stony Brook University and received my certification. One day I hope to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. When I tutor students, I like to focus on the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. On a one-to-one basis, I can also concentrate on correct pronunciation which makes it easier for a native speaker to understand my students. I encourage my younger students to think about the many opportunities for careers using a foreign language. I also like to tutor adults who can benefit from my extensive knowledge of business French and Spanish.
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