Ill Certified Classroom Spanish teacher offers tutoring
Ill Certified Classroom Spanish teacher offers tutoring
Gabrielle, 11 lessons with Susan
Response time: 10 hours
Susan holds 2 Illinois teaching certificates, a Masters Degree, and a Bachelors Degree in Spanish Education. She has 20 years of classroom experience teaching all ages of students, specializing in high school and college students, and adults. She is a renown Spanish teacher, combining many years of experience with recent academic training of best instructional practices (e.g. scaffolding, modeling, reflective teaching, differentiation) for the acquisition of all skills of foreign language;...
Susan holds 2 Illinois teaching certificates, a Masters Degree, and a Bachelors Degree in Spanish Education. She has 20 years of classroom experience teaching all ages of students, specializing in high school and college students, and adults. She is a renown Spanish teacher, combining many years of experience with recent academic training of best instructional practices (e.g. scaffolding, modeling, reflective teaching, differentiation) for the acquisition of all skills of foreign language; i.e. listening, speaking, reading, writing. Her innovative teaching strategies reflect her vast knowledge and skills in teaching Spanish as a foreign language.
In addition to support for the struggling student and enrichment for the succeeding student, Susan offers tutoring for students who are preparing for standardized exams: the Spanish AP language or literature exams, the CEEB language test, or the college proficiency exams.
Susan teaches to a wide range of ability levels and learning styles. She offers her services to special needs students, Bilingual students, adult students preparing for travel or new jobs. She customizes her services for tutoring or teaching to individuals, classes, or other teachers seeking tutorials to improve their own teaching strategies.
Susan distinguished herself when she initiated, designed and taught the first interdisciplinary course of its kind in Illinois for the acquisition of language proficiency through the academic content of social sciences. She also expanded high school Spanish programs to all levels of course offerings and contributed to schools becoming foreign language academies. She has piloted television courses for all domains of language acquisition at the college level. She has successfully persuaded school districts to offer foreign language instruction at the primary grades by her research and presentations as to how the brain learns language.
Susan is a native speaker since early childhood. She has lived in Spain and Costa Rica, has traveled extensively throughout the Spanish-speaking world, and has led student trips.
Here's what others have said about her:
Ms... is very well informed about the subject of early foreign language instruction at the elementary level (Principal of an elementary school on the North Shore).
One of your former students has identified you as the best teacher of her high school years (The College of the University of Chicago).
"Superior" ratings in teaching excellence & significant contributions (Chicago Public Schools).
Susan has been a pleasure to work with. She is very responsive and flexible with scheduling. My son is having difficulty in Spanish at school and Susan has found ways to tap into his learning style and preferences, and really help him learn the complexities of the language. She engages him in visual and auditory learning, not just textbook and worksheets, although she has also been able to effectively engage my son with the text as well. We have been very pleased and grateful that we have found Susan. She is helping to give my son a strong foundation in Spanish, which I am confident will allow him to build his skills as time goes on.Gabrielle, 11 lessons with Susan
Knowledgeable and astute with assessment of different learning styles to meet my child's success in Spanish
She assess my son's learning style to make sure he was successful in Spanish. He is learning Spanish with the help from Dusam to help with reinforcement. Would highly recommend!Sarah, 5 lessons with Susan
Knowledgeable and insightful as to the best approach to teach the student.
My daughter transferred schools and was placed in a Spanish 4 class however there was a big gap in her Spanish from her previous school. This gap resulted in my daughter failing. After she started working with Susan her grades are now A's and high B's. Susan knows how to relate to the students and let's them know they can be successful. I couldn't be more pleased!!JoAnne, 17 lessons with Susan
Fantastic kick off session
It's pretty clear that she's good at teaching !! Easy to work with , she knew exactly what I needed from the beginning. Shared materials for me to work with at home.Anindya, 3 lessons with Susan
Best Spanish Tutor I Have Had
Susan is very dedicated to making sure you succeed and really understand the material, she is extremely pragmatic, flexible and patient. I was surprised and pleased when she began with a short survey to understand my learning style and how to best go about teaching me the material. She also made sure to take into account my personal goals and how to best make sure they get met. Absolutely Worth It.Trenton, 10 lessons with Susan
Energetic, passionate, gets the job done
My 17 year old son said, "If I had had her as my teacher all along, I would have been doing great in Spanish and not needed a tutor!" She always gets back to me right away and I'm very thankful we found her.Krista, 13 lessons with Susan
Susan did a great job connecting with my 15 year old son who was struglling in Spanish II and had a big test coming up. She identified his style of learning and adapted her lesson to him. My son's confidence level has increased as well.Leslie, 3 lessons with Susan
Susan has a way of using various teaching methods to stimulate the learning process. She does an amazing job of connecting with my son. His grade in Spanish has skyrocketed and he has a confidence in the subject that was not there before meeting with Susan.Susan, 26 lessons with Susan
Great 1st Lesson!
My 10th grader had her first lesson with Susan last week. Prior to the session Susan had an initial phone conversation with us to understand our child's focus areas for tutoring. She understood quickly what was needed. The tutoring session began with conjugation of verbs in the present tense based on a selection of visuals, which was followed by a review of preterit tense endings and drill of present to preterit tense before then taking the 50 visuals of verbs to create a story, which was then followed by a retelling of the story and the writing of the story as it was being told. My child remarked that she had never had as much sustained conversation in Spanish as during this initial session, supported by the visuals. She walked out of the session very confident. The next day in class, she reported back that she was able to converse with the teacher better than she had been the week before. In one 90 minute session with Susan she progressed. Additionally, my child is very picky when it comes to tutors, and is very shy. I peeked into the session once and my child was laughing and smiling, engaged, she walked out saying it was a great session. For a 15 year old to say that says a LOT about the experience she had. Most such sessions are "Boring" or a " a waste" or "I didn't learn anything". This was not the case with Susan's lessons. She is looking forward to her next session.Sharon, 23 lessons with Susan
My son has struggled throughout his entire Freshman year of Spanish 1, never getting higher than a C. As the end of the year approached, he had a D with only a couple of opportunities to improve his grade. After a couple of weeks of some intense tutoring from Susan he received 49 out of 50 on an exam. In the first session, Susan quickly realized why my son was struggling and came up with a plan to help him succeed. She is very accommodating with her schedule and has helped my son achieve results that he didn't think were possible. I highly recommend Susan!!!Chris, 25 lessons with Susan
Response time: 10 hours