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Cheryl H.

Houston, TX

$50/hr

Spanish and ESL Tutor for Teens and Adults in Spring Branch

Background check passed as of 6/28/14
Usually responds in about 2 hours

Spanish and ESL Tutor for Teens and Adults in Spring Branch

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Studying and teaching languages is my passion, one that I did not discover until the end of my sophomore year in college. But it's too late to learn a language then! Many might say. Yes, it can be difficult and awkward. I can say that through my own experience as well as studies that I read for my Master's degree coursework in Spanish language and linguistics. The best time to begin studying a foreign language is well before adolescence.

But through a lot of determination, a sustained effort, and some good teachers, I not only became fluent in Spanish, but also developed my skills to a point that I beat out native speakers for several bilingual positions. I worked the consulate of a Spanish-speaking country,as a government translator,and as a bilingual communications manager for a law firm. But I realized that I really preferred teaching. To me there is nothing so worthwhile as working with someone to overcome their fears of reading, writing, speaking or understanding a foreign language and seeing them make significant progress. Since I not only survived but (eventually) thrived during this journey myself, I not only understand the process... I feel their pain!

So most of my work experience is actually related to education. While I lived in Spain, I taught English as a Foreign Language in a number of settings, including to groups in language academies and doctors in the local hospital and individual tutoring to high school and college students. As I taught, I realized how difficult English is, so I greatly admire those of you learning it as a second language! I have also taught English as a Second Language in a few settings in Boston and in Houston. For the last twelve years I taught Spanish full-time, mostly in a Houston public high school. For the most part, I enjoyed that very much, but with more focus on testing and core subjects every year along with constant reductions of resources, personnel and time from foreign language, it got to a point in which I felt most of the reasons that I got into foreign language teaching were no longer there and not likely to return. Perhaps some teachers can teach three different levels (I did for years, including Spanish 3 pre-AP and Spanish 4 AP Language and Culture) and teach thirty or more kids/class effectively, but I feel that I could not. I would rather make a much bigger difference in the lives of fewer students through tutoring, so I have left my full-time position for that and other teaching opportunities.

Every student and situation is unique. I do everything possible to find out my students' goals, interests, resources, strengths and weaknesses and tailor my classes around all of those elements and more. I strongly feel that student input and effort is essential to success, so I welcome feedback. Whether you would like to improve your conversation skills in English or Spanish over several months or improve your chances of performing well on a particular test in a few weeks, I can probably help you.

English:
ESL/ESOL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
Homeschool:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ESL/ESOL

I have nearly a decade of experience teaching or tutoring ESL, including seven years teaching English as a Foreign Language when I lived in Spain during the 90s. I have also taught in language academies in Boston and Houston, most recently as June 2014 part-time through a new employer. During my 12 years as a public school teacher, I earned a Texas ESL teaching certification for grades 6-12. Since I learned a second language as an adult myself, I understand the difficult process that teens and adults go through when they study a new language. I am a published writer in both English and Spanish, so I can also help students with writing.

Spanish

I earned Texas Spanish teacher certification (grades 6-12) and a Master's degree in Spanish. I have 12 years' experience teaching in a Houston area high school, so I know the Realidades curriculum very well along with the AP Spanish Language and Culture. I have also published an original fiction story in Spanish and the few non-teaching jobs that I have had were bilingual ones for which I beat out native speakers. However, I prefer teaching over translating or writing because I really enjoy creating personalized classes and connecting with students.

Oberlin College
Creative Writing
University of Houston, Main Campus
Master's

Education

Oberlin College (Creative Writing)

University of Houston, Main Campus (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Cheryl will travel within 6 miles of Houston, TX 77080.


About Cheryl

Studying and teaching languages is my passion, one that I did not discover until the end of my sophomore year in college. But it's too late to learn a language then! Many might say. Yes, it can be difficult and awkward. I can say that through my own experience as well as studies that I read for my Master's degree coursework in Spanish language and linguistics. The best time to begin studying a foreign language is well before adolescence.

But through a lot of determination, a sustained effort, and some good teachers, I not only became fluent in Spanish, but also developed my skills to a point that I beat out native speakers for several bilingual positions. I worked the consulate of a Spanish-speaking country,as a government translator,and as a bilingual communications manager for a law firm. But I realized that I really preferred teaching. To me there is nothing so worthwhile as working with someone to overcome their fears of reading, writing, speaking or understanding a foreign language and seeing them make significant progress. Since I not only survived but (eventually) thrived during this journey myself, I not only understand the process... I feel their pain!

So most of my work experience is actually related to education. While I lived in Spain, I taught English as a Foreign Language in a number of settings, including to groups in language academies and doctors in the local hospital and individual tutoring to high school and college students. As I taught, I realized how difficult English is, so I greatly admire those of you learning it as a second language! I have also taught English as a Second Language in a few settings in Boston and in Houston. For the last twelve years I taught Spanish full-time, mostly in a Houston public high school. For the most part, I enjoyed that very much, but with more focus on testing and core subjects every year along with constant reductions of resources, personnel and time from foreign language, it got to a point in which I felt most of the reasons that I got into foreign language teaching were no longer there and not likely to return. Perhaps some teachers can teach three different levels (I did for years, including Spanish 3 pre-AP and Spanish 4 AP Language and Culture) and teach thirty or more kids/class effectively, but I feel that I could not. I would rather make a much bigger difference in the lives of fewer students through tutoring, so I have left my full-time position for that and other teaching opportunities.

Every student and situation is unique. I do everything possible to find out my students' goals, interests, resources, strengths and weaknesses and tailor my classes around all of those elements and more. I strongly feel that student input and effort is essential to success, so I welcome feedback. Whether you would like to improve your conversation skills in English or Spanish over several months or improve your chances of performing well on a particular test in a few weeks, I can probably help you.

Education

Oberlin College
Creative Writing
University of Houston, Main Campus
Master's

Education

Oberlin College (Creative Writing)

University of Houston, Main Campus (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 6 miles of Houston, TX 77080

Cheryl’s Subjects

English:
ESL/ESOL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
Homeschool:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Background Check Status for Cheryl H.

Cheryl H. passed a background check on 6/28/14. The check was ordered by Cheryl through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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