Dear Prospective Students and Parents:
After falling in love with Italy by studying in Siena as an undergraduate, I chose to spend this past year working as an English Teaching Assistant at a vocational high school in San Pellegrino Terme, Italy. Although I was the foreigner in this case, my work with these students and my experiences abroad have inspired me to continue pursuing intercultural experiences and working in education upon returning to the States. For this reason, I am offering my services as a tutor in a wide range of subjects.
Arriving in Italy without any prior training, I was able to adapt quickly in the rather stressful circumstances of being in a foreign country and in front of a high school class. I collaborated with various teachers and worked with many students who had a wide range of interests and abilities. Part of my role was providing an in-class native English speaker so they could practice their oral skills. In addition to targeting my students’ language skills, my lessons focused on conversation and cultural content, ultimately providing a cultural exchange for both my students and myself.
As an added responsibility, I offered three after-school courses for those who were struggling in their regular English classes. I independently developed the lesson plans for these courses, allowing me to hone my organizational and time-management skills. Furthermore, as the Faculty Advisor for the school music group, I oversaw weekly practices and chaperoned field trips for performances. One of the most fulfilling aspects of the experience was knowing that I was positively impacting the lives of these students while having a hand, albeit small, in bolstering this small community.
Prior to working in schools, my ample customer service experience shaped my ability to communicate with others. I enjoy interacting with people and feel that I succeed in all of my formal and informal correspondences. I am PC and Mac literate and have had extensive experience with Microsoft Office Suite. Because of my qualifications, I can provide academic aid with a great work ethic and enthusiasm. Thank you for your consideration.
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