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I come from a long line of teachers.
This has not only taught me much and fostered some of my own better teaching skills, but also given me an enjoyment of learning. I still seek out continuing education and learning opportunities. I am a curious person at heart.
I have seen teaching enthusiasm (or lack thereof) make or break many students’ learning experiences, sometimes for life, and for that, I take the responsibility of teaching very seriously.
I want to inspire those I teach to want to learn more on their own, long after I have worked with them.
I am a good teacher/tutor because I understand both sides of the learning coin. I have taken subjects that I picked up easily, barely needing instruction, but I have also struggled with classes that really challenged the level of performance I was able to give.
I enrolled in advanced classes all throughout school, and there were times when I realized the need to seek help from those who knew the subject much better than myself.
In present teaching and in hindsight, I understand how patience plays a large part in this: both patience with the student’s own frustration and patience in their ability to eventually understand. With persistence, most anyone can grasp a concept, and I firmly believe this.
I was an honor student in junior high and high school, and graduated from Luther College with a major in Spanish (focusing also on German, French, and International Relations).
I taught at Arthur Murray for 3 years as a dance instructor, experiencing daily the need to explain the same concepts in many different ways.
I have worked for a psychologist, translating and administering performance and personality tests to students.
I have tutored in several different situations: teaching history to ESL students, teaching English to Asian immigrants, and helping adults learn to read.
I have worked in the office setting on and off for many years, honing my skills in Excel, Word, HTML, QuickBooks/Quicken and the like.
I have played guitar for years.
I learned from good teachers, but each had their own focus (rock, classical, blues, reading music vs. playing chords). Since learning guitar was very difficult for me at first, I now enjoy breaking it down and making it simple for those who are new, and might get too easily frustrated with it.
I have traveled many places in the world.
All these things contribute to my teaching.
Hopefully, I can help you out.
I have used Microsoft Excel since 1997, and I have seen it go through many incarnations.
I am most well versed at Excel 2003, since I used it the longest, but am also competent at 2007, and have noticed that 2010 is very similar to 2007.
(The biggest difference is between 2003 and 2007; if you are familiar with one, everything is located in a different place on the other.)
I know all the basics, most intermediate functions, and some advanced.
I am very good at tutoring those new to Excel, as I have a lot of patience, and explain things simply.
I have used Microsoft Word since 1996.
I know all the basics, all the intermediate level functions, and most of the advanced ones.
I am most familiar with Word 2003, but have also used 2007 and 2010.
I am very good with newbies, since I have a lot of patience, and can explain things clearly.
I began formally studying Spanish in 7th grade, and continued for many years.
I studied in Spain for a semester in college, which led to Spanish becoming my major.
I translated Spanish for 2 years on an as-needed basis, for a psychologist in TX, helping to administer IQ tests and the like.
I worked at a popular restaurant in San Antonio, where bilingual Spanish skills were very helpful.
I have taught ESL to those who speak Spanish.
I currently work in an office environment, and help serve as translator between our cleaning staff and facilities department.
I have traveled in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Spain.
These all contribute to my Spanish speaking, reading, and writing capabilities while tutoring.
I have participated in Bikram, Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Ashtanga, Anusara, Gentle, Restorative, Power and Yin yoga for over 8 years. I completed a 200-hour teacher training class with Yoga Yoga that gives me an RYT-200 certification through Yoga Alliance. I continue to train with nationally known instructors like David Williams, David Swenson, and others, whenever available in Austin.
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