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B.A University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus (Psychology)
M.S. Biology, University of Bridgeport, CT (Master's)
I achieved a Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude in Psychology. After some years of work experience I went back to graduate school and obtained a Master's degree in Biology with a certificate in Human Nutrition.
Besides being a certified Tutor for English as a Second Language (ESL)with WyzAnt, I am also a certified tutor for ESL with some of the local Libraries. Furthermore, I have been certified by the Florida Literacy Coalition as an ESL/ESOL Tutor. Since the Eighties, I have been a certified USA Government translator from English to Spanish and vice-versa. Additionally, I have published articles in English and have been a Public Speaker for a USA Governmental agency on both languages. I have been in the USA now for over 30 years and I have excellent command of writing, reading and speaking of English. Having learnt English as a second language gives me the advantage of knowing the intricacies and difficulties inherent to this process, which someone that only speaks or always spoken English would not even begin to comprehend.
I have always enjoyed languages and have helped many students, both High School and College Level, to improve their grade average and pass their English and Spanish courses in order to graduate. Most of my students have achieved A's in their coursework.
I also have adult learners that are interested in languages mostly for their careers but also for traveling purposes. I have yet to find a learner that I have not been able to not only help but excel in their learning objectives.
I am also able to help students with many areas in Biology, Biochemistry, Anatomy and Physiology and Nutrition. I am able to help students that speak Spanish and may have problems in learning science in English. I achieved a Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude in Psychology. After some years of work experience I went back to graduate school and obtained a Master's degree in Biology with a certificate in Human Read more
Elaine has been tutoring Spanish to my 17 yr old son who is taking Spanish through FL Virtual Online to gain a credit to graduate early. He began the course thinking that he did not need to actually "learn" Spanish, he made it about a third of the way through the class before realizing that the online teacher did expect him to actually "learn" how to speak Spanish.
I went through WyzAnt and contacted Elaine V. and she has helped him to understand the proper ways to use the verbs and how to form the sentences correctly that the teacher was expecting him to learn from the website. Elaine has been very patient with him, giving him alot of encouragement and trying to show him that learning Spanish may one day aid him with his job search or in life in general. He is the reluctant 17 yr old student not really wanting to learn Spanish but knowing that the Spanish credit is required to graduate from High School one year early.
She has made learning the language fun which he was not obtaining from watching and listening to the online tutors. I believe without Elaine helping him to understand the lessons and complete the assignments he would have been forced to drop the Spanish class at about one third of the way through. With Elaine's continued tutoring help I believe he will finish this online Spanish class and if he is required to take another credit of Spanish next year, she will aid with that and maybe one day he will need to speak Spanish because at 17 you never know where life will take you.
My family was in Puerto Rico for a month and I wanted my 10 year old and 8 year old daughters to get some Spanish tutoring. They are beginner level. I was hesitant having someone come into my home but Elaine had great reviews so we decided to give it a try. So glad we did! She is awesome! She is so good with the girls. She is very encouraging and she created a comfortable learning environment where my girls felt comfortable asking questions which is so important for young kids. She has fun and laughs a lot which is great! You can tell she enjoys teaching. She had homework for the girls which I appreciated but she also made sure to incorporate fun activities to keep the girls interested and engaged. She taught us a traditional Spanish dance and gave us a recipe for a Puerto Rican dessert which my girls couldn't wait to make! It turned out great! Overall we have had a great experience. We only have one more lesson left and my girls are already sad! According to my 8 year old, having tutoring lessons with Elaine is one of the best things we have done in PR!
I hired Elaine as my Spanish Tutor over a year ago. She is a wonderful tutor and a wonderful person. I would recommend her for beginners or advanced students. My original goal was to travel to Mexico for work. I needed to be able to speak enough to communicate on a basic level. Thanks to Elaine I have traveled there several times and felt very comfortable communicating with the public. My next goal as a Spanish student is to become completely fluent, which will take more time, but I have a good tutor so... no worries.
I've now had 9 - 2hr. lessons with Elaine and they have been pretty productive. She makes learning enjoyable and I really like the one on one attention. Although I took 2 semesters of college Spanish there were so many little things I missed. With Elaine we started from scratch again and a lot has come back but also a lot of things make more sense. For my next homework I'm to create a story based on a picture and I'm to conduct an interview with a Spanish speaking friend, making up questions, getting responses, and responding to the responses, wow this really gets the ole brain thinking lol.
Thanks for this feedback! I truly appreciate it. As far as the interview, just getting the responses from your friend and writing them out would be enough! Please let's not rack the "ole brain" too much! lol!
Elaine V., MS
Certified Spanish Tutor
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I hold a Masters Degree in Biology. I am able to help students at undergraduate level, high school and middle school levels with this subject.
I am currently a certified tutor with the Largo Library teaching English as a second language (ESL). I have also completed a certification with the Florida Literacy Coalition as an ESL Tutor. I have been a certified US Government translator from English to Spanish and vice-versa, since the 70's. I have published articles in English and have been a Public Speaker for a governmental agency. I have been in the USA now for over 40 years and I have excellent command over the writing, reading and speaking of English. Having learned English as a second language gives me the advantage of knowing the intricacies and difficulties inherent to this process, which someone that only speaks or always spoke English would not begin to comprehend.
I earned a Masters Degree in Biology with a Certificate in Human Nutrition in 1990 from the University of Bridgeport and have been a Licensed Nutritionist in Florida in private practice for the last 22 years.
I have many years of experience in Nutrition Consulting in Wellness Clinics with a focus in assisting clients find better health through natural means. This always involved one-on-one or group counseling, the most direct form of educating. I also have extensive experience in public speaking and addressing groups on a variety of subjects. I have also taught adult education classes for many years in Nutrition and healthy eating habits, having developed my own curriculum for these classes.
In the years I have lived in Florida, close to 23, I have had the privilege of working with some of the most noted and recognized physicians in the field of alternative medicine and nutrition in the Tampa Bay area.
I humbly consider myself a great communicator and motivator and believe that the field of nutrition is at the forefront in people’s mind and knowledge about this field can benefit a great portion of the population, both personally and in health care settings.
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