George Mason University (International Studies and Area Studies)
University of Salamanca, Spain (Master's)
I am a retired ESOL & Spanish teacher who loves children, reading, teaching and traveling. When I first started college I was thinking of becoming a diplomat so I majored in International Studies, as well as in Area Studies. It was in college that I started tutoring fellow students in Spanish, Latin America Affairs, and sharing our foods, music, dances & culture (I was elected as the President of the Latin American Students Association for three years in a row).
I fell in love with tutoring and this sharing of information across cultures. Upon graduating from college I landed my first job in Washington, D.C. but kept tutoring, and volunteering on the side through the Office of Latin American Affairs in the Nations Capital. Years later I moved to Atlanta and it was then that I decided to go into teaching. I completed the requirements to gain certification as an ESOL & Spanish Teacher. I worked in that capacity for Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia.
I previously taught ESOL/ESL at the Elementary and High School levels. My students came from different countries in Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The degree of success I experienced with my students, as well as their parents was the high point of each day I worked as a Teacher. I also taught ESL night classes to the parents of my students.
I am a Spanish native speaker raised and educated in the U.S. as well as in Spanish America and Spain. I obtained a Master's degree in Spanish Language and Culture from the University of Salamanca in Spain where I lived for several years. I am well versed in all aspects of Spanish America to include the Language, History, Geography, Culture, Customs and general Traditions. I am also knowledgeable across culture about History and Geography of other parts of the World.
If you would like to work with a Tutor that loves helping students to succeed, and accomplish all that they can be please feel free to contact me. Your success is my main goal. I am a retired ESOL & Spanish teacher who loves children, reading, teaching and traveling. When I first started college I was thinking of becoming a diplomat so I majored in International Studies, as well as in Area Studies. It was in college that I started tutoring fellow students in Spanish, Latin America Affairs, and sharing our foods, music,
I worked as a Certified ESOL/ESL Teacher for Fulton Co. Schools at the Elementary level for a period of 7 years.
My certification was also for Spanish.
I completed the ESL Coursework required by the State of Georgia from 11/2002 to 06/2003 earning a total of 16 credits needed.
I am bilingual (English/Spanish), a native Spanish speaker with a multicultural background, and extensive across culture knowledge and experience.
As an ESOL Elementary Teacher I received substantial training and practice in Phonics.
Phonics was utilized as a main base for early reading instruction for K students (some even in PK).
Teaching of Word Sounds & decoding the words worked efficiently & effectively for early reading accomplishment.
All my students were able to become great readers with the teaching of Phonics learning how to read words in parts (sounding/combining each sound in the word to then said the complete word). The method was also used with students in higher grades (2nd & 3rd) to improve reading skills.
I have extensive experience working with Phonics & Reading at the Elementary level.
I am a native Spanish speaker, hold a Master in Spanish Language & Culture from 'Universidad de Salamanca', in Spain, and have experience teaching Spanish.