Washington University in St. Louis
I’m a pragmatic idealist. I believe in the power of education to change lives, build bridges and transform both individuals and communities. If I’m an idealist because I believe that education is magical, then I’m a pragmatist because I recognize that academic transformations need more than a tutoring session or two to occur. Real education is about taking joy in the process of learning so that tutoring becomes an enchanting adventure for both tutors and students. I get a great deal of satisfaction when students become aware of their full potential as individuals and continually work to develop that potential. To that end, I’m advocate of students who want to learn how to make the educational system work in the service of their learning goals. As a tutor, I think of my sessions as a safe, fun space for students to develop Spanish or English skills and self-awareness. My tutoring style is all about flexibility. I’m constantly developing new strategies for instructing students because I want them to be engaged with the material at all times. My job is then to find new and exciting ways to pique their interest. I adapt my lesson plans to the particular needs of each student and am willing change how I present my material if I find a more effective way of doing so. The one thing that stays constant in my tutoring style is that I love to break down learning concepts into manageable chunks for students. I’m also committed to helping students achieve self sufficiency; I teach them how to use the gadgets in their “learning toolbox” so that one day they won’t need my help.
I am fluent in Spanish and English, and I have a degree in Biology and minor in Spanish from the Washington University in St. Louis. I have had 6 years of formal education in Spanish which included living abroad in the Dominican Republic 3 months in 1987 to further my study of the Spanish language and to broaden my vocabulary and acumen in medical Spanish. For the past 20 years, I have tutored Spanish privately as well as volunteered to teach ESL to Spanish speaking immigrants. Moreover, I have volunteered as a medical interpreter for Spanish speaking patients for the last 20 years I also live with a Spanish speaker, as my wife is from Latin America. I’m a pragmatic idealist. I believe in the power of education to change lives, build bridges and transform both individuals and communities. If I’m an idealist because I believe that education is magical, then I’m a pragmatist because I recognize that academic transformations need more than a tutoring session or two to occur. Real education is
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