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Judy S.

Tutor w/MA for Spanish, ESL, German, English & Computers/QBooks

Portland, OR (97202)

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Hello! My name is Judy, and I love both teaching and learning languages. I majored in German as an undergraduate, and I lived in Germany for more than three years, both in the North (in the city of Kiel) and in the South (in Munich/Muenchen). I returned from Germany to the United States to earn my master's degree in teaching English as a second/foreign language. Over all, I have taught ESL (English as a Second Language) and German more than 10 years, in Germany, Central America, and the United States. I have taught and tutored students/clients ranging in ages from 16-80+, in a variety of settings: one-on-one, in small groups, at private universities, public universities, and refugee centers. In addition, I am also fluent in Spanish, after living more than two years with local families in Panama and Nicaragua.

I enjoy breaking down a language into easily understood chunks or blocks of information, so that my students/clients can solidly build on this information.

Probably the best story I can share regarding my language teaching/tutoring is the following:

While in Nicaragua, I adopted a nine-year-old boy, who moved back to the US with me. He didn't know a word of English before entering the third grade in the American school system. He was in a bilingual program for only one semester, when I enrolled him into an English-only classroom later that fall. His principal was against my transitioning him so soon, but I was confident about the work he and I were doing together at home. His fourth grade teacher said she had never seen a student transition so smoothly before, after only six months in a bilingual program. The hard work my son, Carlos, and I put into his mastering the English language "paid off," and it can for you too!

Finally, I am a public speaker and trainer and have a great deal of computer-related experience, including PowerPoint and Quickbooks. I have references for very satisfied bookkeeping clients that I would be happy to share with you.

I look forward to working with you and/or your son or daughter, whether it's in German, English, English as a second language, public speaking, computers, and/or QuickBooksPro.

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Judy’s subjects

Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, German, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Spanish
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, Spanish, Writing
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, QuickBooks
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading
Language:
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, QuickBooks
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, TOEFL, Writing

ESL/ESOL

I have earned a master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont, earning a 4.0 and graduating with honors.

For more than ten years, I have taught English to speakers of other languages in Munich, Germany; Panama City, Panama; Managua, Nicaragua; and in Winooski, Vermont, and Denver, Colorado. I have taught individuals in one-on-one settings, small groups, and larger classes. My students/clients have ranged in age from 16 to 80+. I love teaching complete beginners; however, I'm also experienced teaching advanced students preparing to take the TOEFL exam.

German

I majored in German as an undergraduate and lived and worked in Germany--both North and South--for almost three years. I have tutored several students over the years and am currently tutoring a former student of the German American school in Beaverton.

Microsoft Excel

I am able to show students the beginning level of Excel, including teaching the basics of spreadsheet terminology, navigating the various tabs, formatting - both on-screen and in printed form, summation, and simple formulas.

After building, correcting and expanding databases that literally contained millions of cells of data, I am especially strong at pointing out advantages and disadvantages to collecting data in various formats, according to how the database will be used.

Microsoft Windows

For more than two years, I served as the Director of the Language Learning and Resource Center at a small private college, and during that time, I taught numerous students how to use a computer who previously didn't know how to use a computer. Some of these students came from other cultures and didn't have access to a computer previously. In addition, some of my experience has also come from tutoring seniors who did not previously learn how to use a computer.

I'm comfortable teaching the new terminology/commands at the speed that is easiest for students to learn. In addition, I believe it's important that the students be able to handle the mouse and keyboard themselves, without my doing this for them, so that they can begin to develop the "muscle memory" of these new skills for themselves.

Public Speaking

I have a master's degree in how to teach English as a second/foreign language (ESL/EFL). One of the skill sets includes, of course, speaking. During my five+ years of teaching advanced ESL/EFL courses, particularly at the university level, I had to prepare students for their coursework, and this included public speaking.

In addition, I was the training manager at a large public school district (70,000+ students) for the employees who maintained the schools. These employees trained the custodial staff on an on-going basis. In order for the employees to instruct the courses I helped develop, they had to complete a "Train-the-Trainer" program which I developed and taught. This course was an elementary public speaking class, which proved to be highly successful. Many of the employees stated that it my public speaking class was the most helpful part of the process of becoming an instructor.

QuickBooks

I have a bachelor's degree in business administration, and I have been working part-time as a book keeper using QuickBooks Pro for the last three years. I have kept the books for individuals, as well as for small business owners. I would be happy to share a list of satisfied customers as references if you are interested.

I have also been an educator for almost 20 years, and I bring a patient approach to my instruction/tutoring, even if it is to a topic that often causes people to "pull their hair out," namely,book keeping! :)

Spanish

In addition to being fluent in German, I am also fluent in Spanish, after living more than two years with local families in Panama and Nicaragua in the mid-90s. I was hired in these two countries to open a language school and run the language department of a private university, since I have a master's degree in teaching English as a second language.

I enjoy breaking down a language into easily understood chunks or blocks of information, so that my students/clients can solidly build on this information.

I believe that people can only learn a language successfully if they feel comfortable enough to ask questions and make mistakes, without fear of judgement. Thus, establishing a warm, welcoming rapport is of utmost importance to me, regardless of the subject matter.

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Education

University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire

Saint Michael's College (Master's)

Wonderful, skilled tutor! My daughter has been working with Judy for several weeks now. Though my daughter is a third year high school German student, she is missing some very important basics and especially struggles with grammar. Judy has worked with her patiently and methodically, and I've seen great progress. Judy is clearly skilled at the German language, skilled at tutoring and very good at establishing rapport wi ...

— Cindy from Portland, OR on 2/20/11);

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Judy will travel within 15 miles of Portland, OR 97202.

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