College of the Holy Cross (Spanish)
Middlebury College (Master's)
My name is Matt, a licensed educator with 20 years of experience teaching both Spanish and English, currently serving as Spanish/ESL Instructor, and ESL Department Chair, at Georgetown Prep. After having graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where I majored in Spanish and Sociology and minored in Latin American Studies, I began my professional language teaching career in 1995. For many years, I also alternated spending my summers either toward my Master's degree in Spanish from Middlebury College, which offers one of the most renowned language programs in the nation, and teaching ESL to international students studying at the university level. During the last decade, I have also had the pleasure of leading students on trips and exchanges in Spain, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, and Mexico. When I'm not teaching, you can find me exploring the neighborhood with my seven year-old Havanese, cheering on the Red Sox from Spring Training to the World Series, or taking road trips with friends all up and down the East Coast.
My teaching style is clear and energetic, and I am confident in my ability to push students to achieve great things, while offering a lot of support along the way. Furthermore, my students describe me as easy to relate to, since outside of class we talk about everything from sports to music to life itself. Nevertheless, while students recognize that I am easy to talk to, I also make it clear my objective is to help my students succeed academically, to set them up for long-term success in life. My name is Matt, a licensed educator with 20 years of experience teaching both Spanish and English, currently serving as Spanish/ESL Instructor, and ESL Department Chair, at Georgetown Prep. After having graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where I majored in Spanish and Sociology and minored in Latin American Studies, I
Matt has had two sessions with my child and she has responded very well to him. He is creative in finding ways to teach her that holds her interest and helps her learn. He's very encouraging and supportive.
Is an excellent Spanish tutor with lots of background in the subject area. Matt worked with my daughter for about 2 months and she loved every minute of it. He is knowledgeable, encouraging, smart and punctual. My daughter has even asked for homework assignments from him now, what teenager in their right mind asks for more work? He's just a great guy, very professional and I recommend him highly.
Plus, if my daughter would ever needed another Spanish tutor for whatever reason Matt is the only one I would choose.
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For more than 5 years, I have tutored students in ACT English, both with tutoring companies in the greater Philadelphia and Washington areas, and also independently. With weekly one-hour sessions over a period of six months, helped my most recent student score about 5 points higher than she had been expecting on this section.
The most helpful material I have found thus far in ACT exam preparation has been The Real ACT; typically, my students and I work on sections simultaneously, and thoroughly discuss the answers, to resolve any /all questions they may have.
In addition to teaching Advanced English as a Second Language at the secondary and collegiate levels, I have also taught English at the middle school level for 5 years in Philadelphia, and have worked extensively as an independent English tutor.
Constantly looking to refine my craft, I attend regional and national professional development workshops each year, and am a long-standing member of the National Council of Teachers of English.
The first time that I taught English as a Second Language to international students was at the Georgetown Preparatory School in the summer of 1996, when I worked as an English Teacher and counselor for the school's International Program. During that summer, I taught students from Spain, Indonesia, Japan, the Dominican Republic, Turkey and Taiwan; the conversational ability and written proficiency of my students in the program were at a high intermediate level.
During the summer of 1998, I worked at the Boston Institute of Intercultural Communication, teaching courses in current events, pronunciation, and American music. After dedicating many of the next years to completing my Master's degree, and to pursuing travel opportunities, I returned to my roots as an English teacher during the summer of 2007, teaching English at Pine Manor College's English Language Institute. There, I taught courses in TOEFL Exam preparation, Conversation, Reading Comprehension and English Composition. Then, between 2008 and 2012, I taught ESL in Philadelphia with the Thomas Shortman Training Program, which provides adult learners the opportunity to improve their English language skills with four-hour courses every Saturday. Currently, I teach English, Spanish, and American History at a prep school in MD, and I also serve as the ESL Department Chair.
I have a Master's Degree in Spanish from Middlebury College, 2005, 20 years of teaching Spanish to adolescents and adults, am currently teaching Spanish and English at Georgetown Prep, and have overseas travel experience to Ecuador, Spain, Chile, Argentina, El Salvador, and Mexico.
I have extensive experience working with students in improving their study skills, with a particular focus on the following:
Note-taking skills from a lecture
Note-taking skills from a reading
The writing process
The methods that I use in helping students in these areas are backed by extensive research and are supported by colleges and universities across the nation.