University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Spanish, Sociology)
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MEd)
My name is Casey V., and I recently graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities College of Liberal Arts with two Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Studies, and Sociology. I am now beginning my Master's in Education and Initial Teaching Licensure in Secondary Social Studies through the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities College of Education and Human Development. I come from a family of educators and have a strong passion for teaching and learning. I have worked with students at various levels with numerous subjects in both English and Spanish. I believe that education can be a wonderful source of empowerment in all people-- especially youth. That being said, I also acknowledge that there are countless different learning styles, all of which are not always adequately accommodated in the typical classroom setting during the general academic year. In my experience, individualized tutoring sessions can be a great way to supplement the classroom experience by curtailing directly to the unique strengths and weaknesses of each student's learning style.
I live centrally near Downtown Minneapolis with my own car, and will have a fairly flexible schedule throughout the summer-- especially during evenings. As I am a working student, I do appreciate a certain level of planning and regularity in terms of scheduling, but am willing to work to establish times and locations that are convenient for my students and their families. As a student of education, I take the process of cultivating learning in others very seriously, and especially enjoy working with a wide variety of students (age, race, ethnicity, language, gender, learning styles, disability status, etc.). I can truly say that I have never had a teaching experience from which I did not also learn something new, and become stronger in my ability to serve a wide range of pupils in a variety of subjects.
I majored in Spanish in college, and studied it for 6 additional years prior. I have extensive experience reading, writing, and speaking in Spanish. I studied at the University of Puerto Rico for four months where I lived and took courses entirely in Spanish among native speakers. I have also been involved extensively in the Hispanic community here in the Twin Cities, working as a youth tutor for latino children at Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) for 4 months in 2014. I have also been volunteering for over a year at the Jane Addams School for Democracy as a tutor to immigrant adults. My course work has covered a wide variety of language-related topics including Spanish grammar, linguistics, and language acquisition, but also topics related to Hispanic literature and cultures.
As a Spanish major, I have developed a unique perspective towards English, as learning a second language has forced me to reflect on the grammatical intricacies of my native language. I have been able to apply this perspective while tutoring Spanish and Somali speaking adults in English grammar and vocabulary at the Jane Addams School for Democracy.
Also, as a social science major, I have taken numerous writing-intensive courses where composition and grammar were highly emphasized. I also worked as a teaching assistant which required that I grade numerous essays on grammar, sentence structure, and argument development.
I am currently studying for my Masters Degree in Social Studies Education. For this program, I need to be proficient in various fields such as US History, World History, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Anthropology and Cultural Studies, as well as Civics and Political Science. In my job as a teaching assistant for the Introduction of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, I graded all of the tests and essays of 60 students, taught two weekly discussion sections, and held weekly office hours to help students with any individual questions.
Additionally, last summer I volunteered in Eden Prairie High School's summer school social studies program. There, I helped struggling students complete their credit-recovery portfolios, and also graded their tests.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding my background, qualifications, or availability. I strongly believe that every person has their own educational strengths and weaknesses, and thus that every person has the potential to improve. I am looking forward to hearing from you! Hi there!
My name is Casey V., and I recently graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities College of Liberal Arts with two Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Studies, and Sociology. I am now beginning my Master's in Education and Initial Teaching Licensure in Secondary Social Studies through the University of Minnesota, Twin
I have a BA in Spanish Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Proficiency. I studied in an all-Spanish exchange program at the University of Puerto Rico for four months alongside native Spanish speakers. Also, Spanish teachers at my high school would have struggling students contact me for help.