State University of New York at New Paltz (Adolescent Ed. Span.)
State University of New York at Albany (Master's)
My passion for teaching and tutoring stems from my love of learning, particularly my love of learning languages. Ever since I was a child, I have had a fascination with communication in another language since communication represents a fundamental part of the human experience. My deep-seated interest in knowing additional languages, combined with the teaching experiences I have had both at home (high school in Charlotte) and abroad (internship in Ecuador), allow me to create a learning environment where students feel highly motivated. The "Outstanding Graduate" awards I received as an undergraduate student attest to the fact that I strive for excellence, and I expect the same from my pupils.
Having just completed one year of teaching at the high school level, I know how to make Spanish relevant and interesting for my pupils. For example, I ask questions in Spanish about what one did over the weekend, and I include information about different aspects of culture. i.e. food and music, in my lessons. My license as a Spanish teacher applies to grades K-12, and I have a Master's degree in Spanish, so I would feel comfortable teaching students older or younger than high school age as well. Regardless of the level, however, I expect that any students I tutor are prepared for the sessions at all times, and that they put forth an honest effort to make the most of their time. Homework may or may not be assigned, but students must demonstrate that they are mastering the material, i.e. achieving at least an 80% on quizzes (and retaking any quizzes where the score is below an 80%).
I am very patient and sensitive to learners' different strengths and weaknesses. I enjoy taking the time necessary to make sure my students have met my learning objectives, since one must have a thorough understanding of one topic before moving on to another when it comes to language. Periodically, I assess understanding of the material by way of short, informal quizzes in which the four skills- listening, reading, writing, and speaking- are assessed. Although I do not place emphasis on any one skill over another, I believe that speaking in Spanish to my students, regardless of the level, makes them see the practical importance of the language. While I specialize in Spanish, I would feel comfortable tutoring ESL learners as well.
I am willing to organize a free consultation meeting prior to tutoring sessions. I require a 24-hour notice of cancellation prior to any session, though I offer makeup sessions.
I look forward to helping you succeed in your language studies!
My passion for teaching and tutoring stems from my love of learning, particularly my love of learning languages. Ever since I was a child, I have had a fascination with communication in another language since communication represents a fundamental part of the human experience. My deep-seated interest in knowing additional languages, combined with
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-certified high school Spanish teacher (grades 9-12)
-two years of teaching experience
-studied in Ecuador for four months in the spring of 2009