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Diana F.

Grand Rapids, MI

$35/hour

Learn Spanish from Experienced Pro, or Sharpen Other Academic Skills.

Background check passed as of 3/27/13
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Jackson Community College, Jackson, MI
Secretarial Science
New Tribes Mission Missionary Training, Sanford, FL
Other

Education

Jackson Community College, Jackson, MI (Secretarial Science)

New Tribes Mission Missionary Training, Sanford, FL (Other)

About Diana

After returning stateside from living in Panama for 14 years (missionary), I became a bilingual paraprofessional, working each day in a public school. I enjoy helping kids be successful in learning. Work as a Title I with reading interventions. I can help children and adults with reading, writing, and comprehension skills. Speak fluent Spanish.

I have a Bachelor's degree in Intercultural Studies/Ministries. Also, because of living in a Spanish speaking country for fourteen years, I have a wide vocabulary and knowledge of culture that many American-born Hispanics or non-Hispanic teachers do not have.

A former Spanish Healthcare Interpreter, I obtained AHI* (Associate Healthcare Interpreter) with the Credentialing Committee for Healthcare Interpreters.

If you need to learn Spanish, I can teach any level. Also, I have taken phonetic training when I was studying to be an overseas missionary. Good pronunciation is something I can help you with. (This is often a glaring need for non-Spanish speakers trying to speak Spanish and be understood).

Writing is also a specialty. I love to write, and have had a lot of newer trainings (Including "Blueprint for Writing Excellence") that have helped me become successful in helping others who may not like to write or feel they cannot. I can make it simple and enjoyable for you. Please contact me. I am available afternoons because I have a school job in the morning. Background check already done, as you will see.

I can tutor reading (all levels), literacy(all levels), writing (all levels and types), any Spanish, and elementary math.

I work in the public school sector. Also can work with adults and have tutored English to students whose native language is not English.

Give me a call.
After returning stateside from living in Panama for 14 years (missionary), I became a bilingual paraprofessional, working each day in a public school. I enjoy helping kids be successful in learning. Work as a Title I with reading interventions. I can help children and adults with reading, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
1 hour notice required

I often do 45-minute sessions, this is why I charge a lower price than many. If you think you need a full hour, I will not increase the price. Just let me know.

Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Grand Rapids, MI 49548
Background Check: Passed
Science:
Psychology, Sociology
English:
ACT English, Bible Studies,
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, Common Core, SAT Reading, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish,
TOEFL
History:
American History, Social Studies
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Handwriting, Homeschool, Phonics,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

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.

Bible Studies

I had a Bible School Education, including two years at New Tribes Bible Institute, Jackson, MI and three years of missionary training with New Tribes Mission, Sanford,FL. I taught Bible lessons and literacy in Panama.

I teach chronological Bible lessons. Genesis - Revelation for a complete understanding of God's Word.
If you are a seeker or want to learn more about the Bible, please contact me.

I will do lessons for a greatly reduced price, because it's important for everyone to have access.

Elementary (K-6th)

I work as a bilingual paraprofessional with elementary-aged schoolchildren in a public school system each day. I have Bachelor's Degree in Intercultural Studies/Missions. I mostly work with ESL and ELL children. The paraprofessional specializes in making the hard things easy for kids by working with them in small groups or as individuals.

I mostly work with kindergarten through third grade reading and literacy groups every day. Also help kids with writing skills. I have taken "Blueprint for Excellence in Writing" for elementary, and also have had "thinking maps" training, which are widely used in schools as graphic organizers. Understand the six traits and use of Common Core in schools these days. I have also taken SIOP training i.e. "Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocols", which is an essential these days for instructing in schools.

I can help children with limited English-language skills, also.

English

Also can be a real help to you in understanding concepts and ideas in English poetry and literature.
I lived in another country, Panama, for fourteen years, so I know how it is to have to learn another language and culture, too.

ESL/ESOL

Please see profile. Am certified in ESL and much more, and currently am active in using my knowledge.
I speak fluent Spanish and English.

Phonics

I work extensively with kindergarten, first, second grades in these areas. I am a Title I paraprofessional, meaning that is a large part of what I do - phonics and reading. I can use any school-sanctioned system; including Read Naturally, RTI, and others. I am good at what I do because I have years of experience with all kinds of kids. I am pretty intuitive about what the individual may need, also. I can follow teacher's plans or make my own, if required.

Public Speaking

I took speech class in college; as well as forensics. I have had a lot of practice speaking before large groups as a teacher and missionary. I understand all the elements of discourse; persuasive, informational, story-telling.

I can help you achieve your goals, be confident, and keep on track when speaking. I have always gotten good feedback when I speak, so this encourages me.

Reading

Have had several valuable and current training that enable me to help kids better, and may help them enjoy learning, too.
I work with kids on reading and comprehension skills every day, also.

Social Studies

I work with some aspect of social studies every day as a paraprofessional in a public schools setting. Social studies can focus on current people in the United States, their cultures and area industries. It can even show how products are currently made in a certain region and how they affect the economy there. It deals with people, groups and societies. It can deal with travel and learning about different states. Social studies can incorporate more of the present and can include some geography highlights as well.
I really love social studies, and being around successful teachers who captured kids' interest, taught me how to do this. This is an advantage some have not had. I like to make it live for children, because I have seen too many teachers spoil it by making it just a recitation of memorized facts.
I also lived as an American citizen in another country for many years, and enjoy learning, comparing, and contrasting different aspects of culture, land, people and history.

Sociology

As far as sociology goes, I have a Bachelor's Degree in Intercultural Ministries/Studies. This means I have extensively studied how to gain cultural information, customs, religious beliefs, language learning of different ethnic groups. I can then apply this information to help me assist them with knowledge of their beliefs and culture in mind.
I also lived among an indigenous people in the jungle of Panama and had to spend many months, years, studying their culture and language for the purpose of teaching literacy and Bible lessons. Sociology involves all of these aspects, combined with some economics and geographical information.

Spanish

Fluent Spanish.
Lived in Panama for 14 years
Currently work as a bilingual paraprofessional.
Am used to teaching ESL and Spanish to individuals and groups.
Since I have learned two languages myself, I understand what the new learner faces in trying to pick up a new language.
Have taken phonetics class, so I can help group understand how to pronounce language well.
Can help all types of learners if they are willing to study and do their assignments.

Study Skills

As a bilingual paraprofessional a large portion of what I do every day at school is helping children organize their materials and their thoughts, for both studying and writing effectively.
I have taken specific training called "Thinking Maps", which helps kids learn how to make and use graphic organizers to sort, categorize, glean, and compare information.
I am accustomed to working with children whose thinking and work habits are very disorganized. Not everyone is gifted in this area, so it is my job to help them be able to do everything from keeping information organized to gleaning texts for information to answer questions. Also help them actually pull together information in an orderly way.
I can also help them learn the difference between many types of writing so they can do the right one for what is being asked of them.
Helping them establish priorities is also very important, as some can get pretty sidetracked from main point and lose time.

Jackson Community College, Jackson, MI
Secretarial Science
New Tribes Mission Missionary Training, Sanford, FL
Other

Education

Jackson Community College, Jackson, MI (Secretarial Science)

New Tribes Mission Missionary Training, Sanford, FL (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

I often do 45-minute sessions, this is why I charge a lower price than many. If you think you need a full hour, I will not increase the price. Just let me know.

Travel policy

Diana will travel within 8 miles of Grand Rapids, MI 49548.