After nine years studying Spanish, I have developed particular interest in sharing my knowledge and passion for the language and culture.
I hold a B.S. in Spanish but I believe cultural immersion is the glue in second language acquisition.
In 2009, I had the opportunity to volunteer on a medical mission in Honduras helping impoverished children build confidence in their ability to achieve, both academically and socially. This experience allowed me to break down sometimes complex concepts to simple examples that young students could grasp. During this mission, there were several other tasks involved throughout my volunteer trip. This also included educating youth and elderly on personal hygiene and interpreting in triage for medical staff in various health clinics.
In addition, I had the difficult, yet satisfying challenge of assisting international students learning English at Penn State. I had also studied in Spain while in college where I further utilized my bilingual skills living with a local family, studying Spanish language, grammar, history and literature at local universities in Leioa, Bilboa and Madrid.
After graduating in 2009, I started my professional career as teaching aide and substitute teacher in the Philadelphia school district in all general subjects. Currently, I work on a Defense Health Agency contract for the U.S. military healthcare overseas.
As a part time tutor, my goal is to facilitate academic, social, and individual growth for students; while building an appreciation of the importance of bicultural/bilingual understanding. I only hope to further expand my knowledge in sharing my passion for language and learning with my students. I enjoy utilizing my artistic and computer skills to develop unique, individualized projects and assignments to create an enjoyable learning experience for my students.
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