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Maria W.

Downers Grove, IL

$40/hour

English/Spanish Interpreter/Translator/Tutor since 1991

In-person lessons
700+ Hours
4.8 average from 234 ratings
Best of the Best
— Glen, Willowbrook, IL on 2/3/14

$40/Hour


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Georgia State University, 2009
Spanish Literature
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Master's
Certificate in Children's Ministry
Graduate Coursework

Education

Georgia State University, 2009 (Spanish Literature)

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Master's)

Certificate in Children's Ministry (Graduate Coursework)

About Maria

Spanish language and culture is a passion of mine, and has been since 9th grade and my first Spanish class. I have been to Venezuela and Honduras many times, and got my Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature from Georgia State University. I would be delighted to share my secrets of learning this exotic language and culture, along with all the other subjects that I mastered along the way - see the subjects in which I am certified by WyzAnt. Contact me today! Maria

Please note that I am a mother of two elementary school children, so my hours depend on their schedule. Free days are usually Tues-Thurs plus weekends. My hours fill up quickly, so contact me as soon as possible to see if I can fit you in. Thank you!
Spanish language and culture is a passion of mine, and has been since 9th grade and my first Spanish class. I have been to Venezuela and Honduras many times, and got my Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature from Georgia State University. I would be delighted to share my secrets of learning this exotic language and culture, along with all the Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Downers Grove, IL 60516
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Best of the Best"

- Glen, Willowbrook, IL on 2/3/14

"excellent tutor"

- Marla, Hinsdale, IL on 10/26/17

"Super Fun to Work With and Excellent at Explaining"

- Alma, Addison, IL on 9/17/17

"Handled her self well and seems to understand my granddaughter's needs"

- Susan, Hinsdale, IL on 8/31/17

"Friendly and Engaging Tutor - Makes Spanish Interesting for the Student!"

- Kevin, Oak Brook, IL on 6/7/15

"Excellent tutor!"

- Amy, Hinsdale, IL on 11/18/13

"Very Patient"

- Linda, Westchester, IL on 6/21/12

"Superstar Tutor! Immediate Grade Improvement!"

- Kenny, Hinsdale, IL on 6/2/12

"Excellent tutor"

- Poonam, Naperville, IL on 6/2/12

"Ideal Tutor!"

- Deb, La Grange, IL on 5/1/12

"Conscientious Tutor"

- Tom, Elmhurst, IL on 4/20/12

"Great tutor"

- Ev An, Hinsdale, IL on 1/9/12

"Flexible and prepared"

- Susan, Downers Grove, IL on 12/11/11

"She was awesome in helping my son with his Spanish test that Thursday"

- Alisa, Downers Grove, IL on 12/9/11

"Outstanding Spanish Tutor"

- Marjorie, Naperville, IL on 9/12/11

"Excellent teacher!"

- Kyoko, Naperville, IL on 9/8/11

"Very insightful"

- Bob, Naperville, IL on 4/8/11
English:
Bible Studies,
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Reading
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
Spanish
History:
Social Studies
Special Needs:
Reading,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading,
Study Skills
Business:
ESL/ESOL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Algebra 1

In addition to loving math and always being in accelerated math classes and school when I was young, I got my associates in science in business education, my bachelor's in Spanish, and my Master's in Christian education.

Bible Studies

I have had a passion for Bible studies since I was 8 years old. In high school I took a religion class and was very active in my church. In my college years I studies various different religions: Episcopal, Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, and Methodist. I am especially interested in how archeology proves a lot of Old Testament and New Testament facts, and that it is a real part of our history. My teacher for Anthropology in college was a Christian Archaeologist, and the slides he showed us of his digs were simply eye opening. Now as a parent, I am deeply involved in the Children's Ministry aspect of things at the church. I am the Director of Children's Ministries. I plan to get my Masters in Christian Education in the next couple of years.

Cosmetology

I was very interested in cosmetology in my latter high school years, but chose the modeling route instead. I got my Certificate in Female Modeling from John Casablancas, and got my first modeling contract from a division of Elite Modeling on LaSalle St., Chicago in 1992 after I returned from my year foreign exchange experience in Venezuela. However since I'm only 5'6", I didn't get many deals, and so I started again on the makeup side of things, helping other models do their makeup, helping the YMCA put on a benefit fashion show, teaching them how to walk, how to do their makeup and hair, and other modeling secrets. I am now more focused on Spanish and Bible studies, but you will always see me well put together, that modeling part will never leave my spirit :) fun times.

English

I have taught reading and writing to several other students. During college I studied different ways to help in this area as well.

ESL/ESOL

I am a native English speaker, and have tutored ESOL privately in the past. I took classes on the subject while studying my Bachelor of Arts at Georgia State University as well.

Prealgebra

I have always loved math - and I have tutored for over 20 years in basic math up until Algebra II.

Reading

Having my Masters degree in Christian education, I know that children have many ways in which they learn. I know of different learning styles as well, which help children in language acquisition and reading techniques.

Social Studies

Not only did I always do very well in Social studies in high school and college, but my family tree includes many stories about the topics covered in a typical Social Studies class. For example, on two sides, I have relatives who were in the Revolutionary War, also on two sides I have relatives who were in World War I, World War II, and Korea. I have a relative who was a past VP of the United States. Also, being that I lived in Venezuela for a year, and studied Spanish in college, I have studied the affects of our United States dealings with foreign countries. I also have a daughter who I work with in her Social Studies class in Middle School, so I am up to date on most Social Studies topics.

Spanish

I have been tutoring Spanish since I came home from a year-long foreign exchange student program to Venezuela in 1991. I got my bachelor's degree from Georgia State University and Spanish Literature as well.

Study Skills

I used several different techniques in studying when I was young, and as a returning student as an adult in the technology world. I was able to help many of my friends along the way as well; and would be delighted to look at what is currently being done and then implement some ideas.

Georgia State University, 2009
Spanish Literature
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Master's
Certificate in Children's Ministry
Graduate Coursework

Education

Georgia State University, 2009 (Spanish Literature)

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Master's)

Certificate in Children's Ministry (Graduate Coursework)

Best of the Best

I was very fortunate when I selected Maria as my tutor for learning Spanish. She has a deep passion for the Spanish language and a true desire to properly teach her students the proper techniques for learning the language. The hour tutoring sessions are never enough. Always hungry to learn more about properly reading, writing, and most importantly speaking Spanish. If I could afford more than an

— Glen, Willowbrook, IL on 2/3/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Maria will travel within 10 miles of Downers Grove, IL 60516.