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Barbara W.

Issaquah, WA

$60/hr

Excel in Spanish, English, Reading, Writing, Violin & Poker

Background check passed as of 9/27/10
Usually responds in about 9 hours

Excel in Spanish, English, Reading, Writing, Violin & Poker

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Teaching is a source of great enjoyment for me. I have a BA degree from Washington State University in Spanish Language and Literature with a minor in Japanese and Music. I also attended Universidad del Iteso in Guadalajara, Mexico for a summer college program and lived with a family.

I have taught Spanish for a number of years at a small private elementary school on the Sammamish Plateau. I have traveled extensively through out Mexico over the years and have also traveled to Costa Rica.

I play the violin and have given private lesson instruction in my home. I am also experienced in teaching English grammar, writing, phonics, spelling, reading, and elementary math.

I derive an immense amount of satisfaction watching children become engaged in the learning process. I use a combination of games, music, books, and worksheets in my instruction.

In addition, I am an avid reader, golfer, excellent cook, and in my younger years played poker professionally for a living. For 15 years, I worked for a high tech computer firm as a Sales Executive and Partner Development Manager in Channels Sales. I also worked for the McDonald's Corporation teaching their management Spanish, and their Spanish employees English.

Testimonials

"Great Tutor!"

- Prajakta, Sammamish, WA on 10/10/13

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Nikole, Bellevue, WA on 3/15/11
English:
Bible Studies, English, Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
General Computer
Language:
Spanish,
Speech
History:
Geography, World History
Music:
Violin
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English, Reading,
SAT Reading, Spanish,
Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking,
Poker
Corporate Training:
General Computer, Grammar, Proofreading, Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Cooking

I have loved cooking since I was in my early twenties, and grew up learning how to cook from my mother. I have taken numerous cooking classes through PCC, Bon Vivant, and Sur La Table. In addition, I have donated my time to various charitable auctions in the form of "Mexican Dinner for Eight". My husband and I have participated in a neighborhood gourmet cooking club that we have enjoyed for years. I specialize in main courses, ethnic foods (Mexican and Italian), side dishes, and appetizers.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have instructed all subjects (Reading, Grammar, History, Writing, Math, Science, Music, and Spanish) as a substitute teacher at a local private elementary school on the Sammamish Plateau. It is this age group that appeals to me the most as young children are so hungry to learn.

I also home schooled my son during his 5th grade year, and in addition to the subjects mentioned above, included Latin and Art in his curriculum. I endeavor to find out what makes learning fun and apply that to my techniques.

I would be happy to supply references upon request.

Literature

Received by BA degree in Spanish Language and Literature. That also included years of English literature and writing.

Phonics

In addition to substitute teaching K-5th grade at a private elementary school on the plateau, I home-schooled my son who struggled with reading and grammar in particular. Through various tools, and the game "Hooked on Phonics", he was able to return to the public school system much more prepared and confident. It made the difference between holding him back a grade or advancing him.

As I've mentioned in my profile, I have taught Spanish for a number of years and the same principals apply in learning any language. Initially it is being able to assess what areas the student is struggling with and then applying the techniques and tools to help him/her overcome those obstacles. Often it just takes a lot of patience along with making the learning fun.

Poker

I grew up in a household where playing card games was a fun past time. We played cribbage, canasta, and bridge. When I graduated from college, I learned how to play poker, and traveled for a number of years around the United States playing poker as a way to subsidize my income. It has only been in the recent years that "Hold 'Em" poker has become the rage. I have continued to play poker in private games and card-rooms. I have also given "Poker Seminars" to groups wanting to learn the basics or just to improve their game. It is a lot of fun and when I combine my natural proclivity towards teaching it becomes a perfect fit. I would be happy to give references upon request.

Reading

I have tutored reading and writing up through 8th grade. I have found that many students, boys in particular, struggle with reading because they never learned phonics. I use "Hooked On Phonics" as a tool which is fun and a great aid for helping them to read at a higher level, and to catch up if they are behind.

Spanish

I have my BA degree from Washington State University in Spanish Language and Literature. I have traveled extensively through out Mexico and Costa Rica. I attended La Universidad del Iteso in Guadalajara, Mexico for a summer quarter.

In the past ten years I have taught Spanish at a private elementary school on Sammamish Plateau. I have also tutored groups traveling to Spanish speaking countries, and tutored one on one privately. I enjoy both the cultural aspects as well as the language itself.

Violin

I began playing violin when I was 8 years old and continued to study and take private lessons all through college until I graduated. I played in small groups, the Washington State University orchestra, and the Olympia Symphony. I have given private lessons over the years and have a second violin which would be available to rent along with the lessons. It is a full size violin. If you are looking for a younger child, i.e. prior to 10 years of age and depending on size, they would most likely need a 1/2 to 3/4 size violin to start. I was classically instructed but music as a whole is a passion!

Washington State University
Spanish
Seattle University

Education

Washington State University (Spanish)

Seattle University

Great Tutor! — Barbara has been a great Spanish tutor for my child! Right from the first lesson, she made an effort to make sure that my son was comfortable working with her. She is very patient at explaining key concepts and nuances of the Spanish language and provides useful guidance to my son for his homework assignments. She also makes the lessons fun and interesting; my son enjoys learning Spanish with her ...

— Prajakta, Sammamish, WA on 10/10/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 16 hours notice required

Travel policy

Barbara will travel within 7 miles of Issaquah, WA 98029.


About Barbara

Teaching is a source of great enjoyment for me. I have a BA degree from Washington State University in Spanish Language and Literature with a minor in Japanese and Music. I also attended Universidad del Iteso in Guadalajara, Mexico for a summer college program and lived with a family.

I have taught Spanish for a number of years at a small private elementary school on the Sammamish Plateau. I have traveled extensively through out Mexico over the years and have also traveled to Costa Rica.

I play the violin and have given private lesson instruction in my home. I am also experienced in teaching English grammar, writing, phonics, spelling, reading, and elementary math.

I derive an immense amount of satisfaction watching children become engaged in the learning process. I use a combination of games, music, books, and worksheets in my instruction.

In addition, I am an avid reader, golfer, excellent cook, and in my younger years played poker professionally for a living. For 15 years, I worked for a high tech computer firm as a Sales Executive and Partner Development Manager in Channels Sales. I also worked for the McDonald's Corporation teaching their management Spanish, and their Spanish employees English.

Testimonials

"Great Tutor!"

- Prajakta, Sammamish, WA on 10/10/13

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Nikole, Bellevue, WA on 3/15/11
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Education

Washington State University
Spanish
Seattle University

Education

Washington State University (Spanish)

Seattle University


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
16 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 7 miles of Issaquah, WA 98029

Barbara’s Subjects

English:
Bible Studies, English, Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
General Computer
Language:
Spanish,
Speech
History:
Geography, World History
Music:
Violin
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Homeschool:
Elementary (K-6th),
English, Reading,
SAT Reading, Spanish,
Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking,
Poker
Corporate Training:
General Computer, Grammar, Proofreading, 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.


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