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San Francisco State University (Spanish)
College of San Mateo (Graduate Coursework)
“The more you give, the more you receive”, is a phrase that my father taught me when I was a teenager, and is something that I will never forget. My interest in becoming a Spanish teacher is driving my passion for helping Spanish learners and making a difference in my student's lives. I transferred to San Francisco State University in the Fall 2014 as an English major but later after the second semester, I decided to change it to Spanish. I decided to teach Spanish because this is my first language, and I love to share something that is very significant to me and something that is part of my ethnic background. I was required to volunteer 40 hours of tutoring in one of my English class, in the 826 Valencia program in San Francisco. This experience was very productive, and I was excited to tutor many children and teenagers from different middle school and high schools. I also learned how to interact with students from different backgrounds and cultures. I noticed the diversity of a classroom and how to interact and work in a diverse classroom. I felt very helpful after the appreciation that I received from my students every time I helped them. I felt very appreciated by the people who gave me this extraordinary opportunity and great experience. There are emotional feelings that cannot be described, especially when my students started calling me “teacher Ignacio” or when my siblings and classmates call me “big brother” every time I helped them with their assignments. Spring 2016 was my last semester at SFSU, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish. I considered myself fortunate to be able to attend at SFSU, and now I am more convinced about my career as a Spanish teacher at a high school later in the future. Last year, I was asked to share my successful experience to new students at College of San Mateo, and I was quoted on the front page of the CSM Spring 2016 catalog.
I was invited to give speeches sharing my story and my successful experience in college to new students several times by the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) coordinator at College of San Mateo (CSM). I obtained my Associate in Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in the fall 2012 from CSM. I was also an ESL tutor and a mentor for Puente Club, EOPS, and tutoring other classmates. I consider myself bilingual and bicultural in Spanish and English, I am committed to my studies, and intend to contribute to our state and its workforce.
When I began the Spanish program at San Francisco State University, one of my classes was required to work with a Spanish speaker one-on-one as their tutor in Spanish. I decided to practice my learning skills with my 15-year-old godson by helping him to improve his Spanish abilities in writing, reading and speaking. This experience is being productive and useful until now. Last Spring semester I was working on my early field experience hours that is required to get into the teaching credential program next fall semester at SFSU where I was a teaching assistant at a public High School in a Spanish classroom. I learned new techniques on how to interact with the students, how to be organized, and how to plan out each class lesson and lecture every time I was at this school.
Other than my experience as a tutor, teaching assistant, and a role model for many of my friends and other students, I feel like my personal qualities will help me to be successful as a Spanish tutor and professor. I consider myself persistent, hard-working, organized, patient and understanding. I have a highly interest in helping students with their education and encourage them to learn another language because I have the experience of learning a second language during my youth. I will teach my students how important is to continue an education, learn another language, and inspire them to obtain a career in the future. I believe that my personality and my desire to teach Spanish will help me develop close relationship with students, colleagues and anybody that might seek for my help, advice, and support. During all these school years, I obtained several awards, certificates of recognitions, and scholarships because of my persistence in achieving academic excellence. My motto is never, never give up because their is always something new to learn every single day. I am looking forward to hear from any student that would like to learn Spanish for any reason. Your decision is your first step, and I will help you develop the next step. I work all over the Bay Area. Thank you very much for taking the time on reading my bio and hope meeting you in person soon. -Ignacio P. “The more you give, the more you receive”, is a phrase that my father taught me when I was a teenager, and is something that I will never forget. My interest in becoming a Spanish teacher is driving my passion for helping Spanish learners and making a difference in my student's lives. I
Ignacio came on board fully prepared with a level of commitment to create the type of success needed and necessary in every classroom. His style of teaching enabled our son to open up and express himself in Spanish. We highly recommend Ignacio for tutoring given his positive approach to academics.
Ignacio was able to help my daughter work through ser/ estar confusion today. He made the lesson clear and engaging and now my daughter gets it!
Ignacio is very organized. He taught exactly according to his plan. He is very energetic and we like his class.
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In life, any thing could be hard but nothing should be impossible. This is the quote I tell anyone who is trying to achieve a goal. I graduated from San Francisco State University last May 2016 with a BA in Spanish, and I'm a fluent speaker. I started to work all over the Bay Area two months ago and have 4 years of tutoring experience with elementary, middle school, high school and adult students. If you would like to know more about my education, see my profile for more information or let me know if you have any question. Hope to hear from you soon.