Colorado State Uniersity (Spanish, Education)
BS from University of Nebraska-Omaha (Graduate Coursework)
I just returned to Colorado after serving two years in Colombia, South America as a Peace Corps volunteer. Before I left for Colombia, I taught middle and high school Spanish in Iowa for two years. During my time in Iowa, I was nominated for Teacher of the Year and served on the behavior policy committee. I took 12 Master's credits in Special Education so if you have learning difficulties, I can certainly help with that.
I love teaching and watching students learn. While in college, I volunteered as a tutor for students who had been labelled "at risk" at a middle school in Fort Collins. I completed my student teaching right here in Castle Rock with an award winning teacher who taught me how to make second language learning practical and engaging.
In Colombia, I trained English teachers and taught K-11 English at a small school in a rural community. Resources were very limited, there were no text books and many students did not have basic school supplies. It was amazing to see how much learning can happen when the teachers and students are motivated and it showed me how lucky we are to have the resources here in the US.
I have 2 years of experience teaching English for Livelihoods and I have also mastered a second language so I understand the skills and processes needed to learn new grammatical structures and vocabulary.
I had a difficult time learning Spanish and developed many tricks to help learn the new grammatical structures and vocabulary. I love the language and the culture and my passion helps me to engage my students as they move their their language acquisition. Over the course of two years of living in Colombia, 2 years of teaching Spanish and a summer studying abroad in Spain, I have achieved a superior proficiency level. I have extensive experience teaching grammar and vocabulary but also enjoy immersion learning through communication so I am able to tailor our tutoring sessions based on your individual needs.
I love to learn and I also love to have fun. There is no reason the two have to be mutually exclusive. Learning a new language opens a door to a whole new world and I can't wait to help you on your journey of becoming an explorer and global citizen. I just returned to Colorado after serving two years in Colombia, South America as a Peace Corps volunteer. Before I left for Colombia, I taught middle and high school Spanish in Iowa for two years. During my time in Iowa, I was nominated for Teacher of the Year and served on the behavior policy committee. I took 12 Master's credits in Special
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