Bachelor in Music Education
After studying Spanish as an adult for four semesters just for fun, my husband and I purchased a house in Costa rica. We lived there part time for 8 years. I had the fortunate opportunity to have an immersion school 5 minutes from our home in Costa Rica. I studied in that school for over a hundred hours while also managing 4 full time Spanish speaking employees. I love the Spanish language and would practice it every chance that I had in Costa Rica. I would talk to my employees for hours, speak Spanish in restaurants, garden centers, stores or the locals on the beaches, in the towns and airport etc... While I was back in the states, I continued to study in my state of Colorado. I took immersion classes, weekly group classes, private classes and online classes for years. I rarely had the radio on in my car for years as I was listening to four series of the Pimsleur's Spanish CD's. This included about 60 CD's that covered most every tense in Spanish. I have read many many books in Spanish and watched Spanish series on TV to continue learning. I have had the pleasure of learning many different teaching styles with such diverse experiences in the classroom.
Since we sold our home in Costa Rica last February, I decided that I want to offer Spanish classes because I love the Spanish language and want to pass that passion on to others in a fun and interesting style. I have many resources such as hundreds of visual resources, games, activities, many books to read at many different levels and work books. I can tailor the classes to each student. For children, I have many games and activities so they will have fun while learning. I also like to teach those people that want to visit Spanish speaking countries and want to practice the language in restaurants, hotels and mixing with the locals. I can teach individuals and small groups. My style of teaching offers lots of repetition to encourage language acquisition faster and easier.
The hundreds of hours of my studying Spanish came about strictly for the love of the language. I never pursued a degree in Spanish as I wanted to study in the manner that motivated me to keep learning and acquire experience because of my love for the language. My best experience came with the thousands of hour of conversations with the local teachers, employees and friends in Costa Rica. I acquired so many ideas to teach because of the consistent experience in so many classrooms with so many teachers with many different teaching styles.
I have spent an incredible amount of time looking for and finding amazing resources, games and activities to teach Spanish and am so excited to have several students already. I can definitely say that I love teaching and want more students as I do not see this as work. Teaching Spanish is a fun way to pass on this knowledge. After studying Spanish as an adult for four semesters just for fun, my husband and I purchased a house in Costa rica. We lived there part time for 8 years. I had the fortunate opportunity to have an immersion school 5 minutes from our home in Costa Rica. I studied in that school for over a hundred hours while also managing 4 full time Spanish
Kathleen is currently teaching spanish to my daughter. She is onpoint, knowledgeable, great with kiddos, kind and has a ton of resources to teach kiddos. Her extensive background teaching and speaking Spanish speaks for itself. My five year old daughter does a great job interacting with her and I look forward to watching her progress.
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Along with piano lessons, I highly recommend learning Music Theory to enhance the understanding of music. I teach piano and Music Theory hand in hand. If anyone missed this part of music while studying piano or other instruments, I can help introduce this important part of learning music. If you are just beginning to learn piano, I will teach Music Theory with each lesson.
I have played piano most of my life. My degree is in Music Education from the University of Kansas and also Northwestern Oklahoma State University; with an emphasis in piano as well as two years studying Music Therapy. I have continued taking lessons as an adult for over 10 years. I have five years experience in teaching and am now starting to teach as my children are raised.
I have a variety of experience with the Spanish language. I studied four semesters at ACC and have taken hundreds of hours of small group classes as well as private classes which include immersion classes in the United States as well as immersion classes in Costa Rica. Living in Costa Rica part time for 8 years and managing four full time employees has reinforced all of my classroom experience. Since selling the house in Costa Rica and building my Spanish teaching practice, I have spent countless hours collecting Spanish materials, activities and games for my young students as well as adult students.