My name is Harold. I am qualified and available to provide that service. Having first learned Spanish from and spoken Spanish with native Spanish-speakers during my childhood, I have spoken Spanish most of my life. In addition, I have been trained and have worked as a professional translator for the past 45 years (Russian, Spanish, German) as well. I have also spent time and/or lived in the cultures of the languages noted and continue to use those languages with native speakers. Most recently (2011-2013) before completely retiring from teaching, I taught Spanish (K-10) at the Gillingham Charter School in my hometown of Pottsville, Pa. Prior to that, I also taught Spanish, Russian German and ESL (English as a Second Language) at the Valley Forge Military Academy and College (Wayne, Pa.) for 26 years, the last 6 years of which I was the Foreign Language Department Chair as well. During those 26 years, I also tutored students from VFMA&C as well as from surrounding public schools and universities such as Villanova and Temple. I received my Pennsylvania Teacher Certification in Russian, Spanish and German from the University of Pennsylvania (Graduate School of Education). My B.A. is in Russian from Penn State. I completed advanced studies in Spanish and German at Penn State University, Villanova University and Eastern College . I earned two Masters Degrees from Temple University; one in Liberal Arts and one in Spanish. Whether in class or tutoring, my students consistently expressed how satisfied they were with my teaching style because they really learned the language by using it. All who visited a country of the language I taught them, reported that they had no problem communicating with native speakers. Also, most of my students who continued their language studies in college, informed me that they were far ahead of students from other schools. I was nominated four times by my fellow teachers and department chair for a teacher of the year award. Finally, after having been nominated by a number of my former VFMA&C students, I was inducted as a member of Who's Who among American Teachers. I look forward to working with you.
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