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Nicola V.

Colorado Springs, CO

$50/hr

Tutor of Spanish, English, and ESL. Experienced, certified teacher.

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— Nazanin, Argyle, TX on 2/5/15

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University of Arizona
Spanish, French, Middle Eastern Studies
University of Phoenix-
Master's

Education

University of Arizona (Spanish, French, Middle Eastern Studies)

University of Phoenix- (Master's)

About Nicola

I am a certified K-12 teacher, and have been teaching high school and middle school Spanish for a decade in Arizona, Montana, and Colorado. My current teaching assignment is as a high school Spanish teacher in Cañon City; before that I was at a high school in Colorado Springs, as well as an outstanding high school currently ranked seventh in the country by US News and World Report in Tucson. While in Texas in 2014 and 2015 I tutored Spanish, ESL, French, Reading, and Writing in individual and group settings. I have tutored ages 7 to adult, corporate and individual settings. As of July 2015, I have returned to Colorado to teach full time in the public classroom setting as well as continue private instruction.

My experience with Spanish goes back many decades; although I was born in the UK, I moved to Chile at the age of ten and lived there until I was sixteen. I have lived or traveled in Peru, Argentina, and Mexico as an adult., worked professionally as a translator/interpreter, and live in a bilingual household, so Spanish is part of my everyday life. As a result of speaking Spanish most of my life and having learned through immersion, I have native-level proficiency. However, I also understand the needs and frustrations of second-language learners, having been in that position myself (I minored in French). Apart from tutoring, I have experience teaching English and ESL in a variety of settings from school-age to adult.

I hold professional level educator certification in AZ, CO, MT and NM, with endorsements at the secondary level in English, and K-12 in Spanish.

I pride myself on employing a variety of approaches for each concept to ensure the student thoroughly understands and can use the material, while still striving to keep my lessons engaging. I once worked as a substitute teacher in the Bozeman School District for six months; my last review by a high school student at BHS: "I learned more from you in two days than in the whole semester."

I look forward to meeting the unique needs of your student.
I am a certified K-12 teacher, and have been teaching high school and middle school Spanish for a decade in Arizona, Montana, and Colorado. My current teaching assignment is as a high school Spanish teacher in Cañon City; before that I was at a high school in Colorado Springs, as well as an Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required

Group settings: please email me to discuss rates. Cancellation with less than 4 hours notice subject to a charge equal to one-half of hourly fee, per hour canceled.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Background Check: Passed

"Great teacher"

- Nazanin, Argyle, TX on 2/5/15

"Disappointed"

- Kara, Southlake, TX on 1/30/15

"Excellent Tutor"

- Sean, Roanoke, TX on 1/9/15

"Very Quick Response Time and Very Thorough Instructor"

- Robin, Argyle, TX on 10/11/14

"Awesome"

- Danielle, Justin, TX on 9/30/14
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary,
Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French,
Spanish
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Homeschool:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
French,
Reading, SAT Reading, Spanish,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, GED, Praxis, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, STAAR
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
French,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Spanish

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English

I am state certified in Montana, Colorado, and New Mexico under my previous last name (Nicola J H.) to teach English for grades 7-12. I also obtained AZ certification in English 7-12 which expired in September 2013 and I did not renew. I passed the AEPA subject area test in English to obtain the latter certificate.

ESL/ESOL

I hold an AZ state teacher certificate with a provisional endorsement in ESL; I am also certified in both Spanish and English 7-12.

French

I have taught first and second year French in multiple middle school settings. I was a foreign language teacher for ten years in public schools, and in several settings was the Modern Languages department chair. I minored in French for my Bachelor's degree.

Grammar

I am certified to teach English in AZ, NM,CO and MT from grades 7-12. I have experience teaching English/ Language Arts in both a middle school setting and to adult learners. My English/ Language Arts and ESL teaching included focusing on grammar, reading, spelling, and writing.

Spanish

I am CO, AZ and Montana state certified to teach Spanish K-12 (as well as English/Language Arts 7-12).

Vocabulary

I have taught English and ESL in middle, high and adult learner settings, as well as both Spanish and French. Building vocabulary is an integral part of all of those subject areas. My teaching includes specific lessons on expanding and usage of vocabulary.

University of Arizona
Spanish, French, Middle Eastern Studies
University of Phoenix-
Master's

Education

University of Arizona (Spanish, French, Middle Eastern Studies)

University of Phoenix- (Master's)

Great teacher — Last October my son needed help with taking a test in high school Spanish. Ms. Nicola in just a few sessions prepared him for the test. We were so happy with the results that as soon as this semester started we asked her again to tutor him. My son liked the fact that she could understand his problems with the subject and used her skills to help him learn and retain the lessons that were challengi ...

— Nazanin, Argyle, TX on 2/5/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Group settings: please email me to discuss rates. Cancellation with less than 4 hours notice subject to a charge equal to one-half of hourly fee, per hour canceled.

Travel policy

Nicola will travel within 20 miles of Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

Background Check Status for Nicola V.

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