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Kristen D.

Greensboro, NC

$40/hour

Tutor for Spanish, English, Theatre, and Math

Background check passed as of 5/24/16
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University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Spanish, Lic.

Education

University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Spanish, Lic.)

About Kristen

Hello all!

My name is Kristen and I am a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I have a degree in Spanish with a concentration in education as well as a minor in Classical Studies and will be applying for my teaching license shortly. In the past several years I have been academically selected to be named on the Dean's List, Chancellor's List, was nominated as a UNCG Recognized Scholar, studied abroad for a semester in Mexico, and graduated with honors as Summa Cum Laude.

I tutored throughout my high school career in Theatre and Mathematics. During high school I participated in three years of musical theatre classes, two years of theatre performance classes, and four years of vocal performance classes where I earned Senior's Award and Director's Award. Outside of the classroom, I was a three year-volunteer with a local program called Kaleidoscope Children's Theatre which works with school children from 2nd-6th who have a passion for theatre. In college, I tutored Contemporary Topic Mathematics which covered the basics of Algebra I&II as well as Geometry, sets, and basic financial mathematics. As a Spanish major, my professor approached me and asked if I could tutor a student in one of her other classes and since then, I have become a part-time employee on the campus as a Special Support Services Spanish Tutor, working with students both with and without learning disabilities to reach their goals for their foreign language requirements in Spanish 101, 102, 103, 121, 203, and 204.

My tutoring methods are made to work with the specific student's needs and not just so they can regurgitate the information but understand what they are learning and the reasons behind it. I work to focus my attention on the specific area where a skill is lacking so that I may help the student grow in that area while working on the lessons as a whole. I encourage those that I tutor in mathematics not to rely on calculators but to work their minds with mental computations and to write out all of their work in order to follow their process later, developing a strong study habit. Theatre is more of a hands-on subject where I like to bring in different plays to use as example and act out scenes in order to better express the ideas and concepts behind acting and tech theatre through projects and physical performance. When assisting students with either Spanish or reading, I like to cover all aspects including comprehension, phonetics, spelling, and grammar both in individual reading and reading aloud to enhance public speaking and conversational skills.

I hope this response gives you a bit of an insight into my education and experience as well as how I work and the type of person I am. I would be glad to answer any questions you may have and thank you for your consideration!

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Kristen
Hello all!

My name is Kristen and I am a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I have a degree in Spanish with a concentration in education as well as a minor in Classical Studies and will be applying for my teaching license shortly. In the past several years I have been academically selected to be named
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Art:
Theatre
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Spanish
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Classics
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Public Speaking

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Algebra 1

Algebra is one of my favorite math subjects to work with. I was put into the only Algebra I class my school offered to 8th graders at the time, essentially skipping the second year of Pre-Algebra (There were two years of Pre-Algebra require in 7th and 8th grade at my school). My algebra teacher at the time selected my to participate in extra mathematical work through worksheets, practices, and local competitions. Upon entering high school, I was still ahead of the game in my math classes, graduating after having take Honors Calculus and passing year year's class with a high A. In college now, I am currently enrolled in Contemporary Topics Mathematics which covers Sets, Algebra, Consumer Mathematics, and Geometry and I hold a high A in the class as of today.

Classics

My interest in classical studies began in high school when I successfully took a Western Civilization class, a class specifically for juniors, when I was only a freshman as a last minute addition to my schedule which I now see as one of the best academic decision I've made. I am currently enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a rising sophomore and am a minor in Classics. I have taken and passed Greek/Roman Mythology and am in the process of completing and am currently passing both Greek Civilizations and Roman Civilizations. Next semester I am registered to take Classical Comedy and will most likely be taking Women in Antiquity and Ancient Cosmology in order to truly round out my knowledge.

Elementary (K-6th)

Elementary education is one of the most critical times in a child's life. What they learn in and out of school help to define who they are, even at such a young age. I have worked as teacher's assistant, assistant director, and tutor to several groups of kids from 1st-6th grade through various tutoring programs, after-school sessions, and volunteer days for local children's activities. Children that young need a firm guiding hand that does not force information on them, but works with them to help them absorb and understand what they are learning, and not encouraging them to simply memorize and regurgitate facts. Learning should be fun and instill in the children a passion to explore the world around them and inspire them to learn more and make further discoveries on their own. The young mind is a fragile thing, but when it is nurtured properly, it is a sponge, ready and willing to absorb any drop of knowledge that you have to feed it.

Elementary Science

While reading and mathematics are the two basics that are required in schools today, it is important for students to have a well rounded base. As a middle school student, I participated all three years in the Science Fair and became a member of my school's first science club. We worked as a group to create a team Science Fair project that worked closely to the students of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, a school I had highly considered applying to in high school. As it was, I continued high school in my home town rather than transferring and completed Biology, Earth Science, and Physics all at the Honors levels and with high A's in each. Currently a rising sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, I am registered to take both Nutrition, Biology, and Earth Science at the college level within the next year.

English

There is a great difference between being a speaker, and being a well-spoken person in today's society. Choosing the correct words one needs, makes every difference in getting one's message across. Some of the greatest speakers in history knew this and utilized their talents for words in or order to not just speak, but to truly be heard. Knowing proper grammar and parts of speech assists in both reading and public speaking which becomes a large part of life as an adult. An avid reader myself, I have experienced all manners of the English language. In my first two years of high school, I completed both Honors English I&II as well as Advanced Placement English III: Literature and Language and Advanced Placement English IV: Literature and Composition as a junior and senior. Each class included heavy uses of vocabulary and literary terminology, and all were passed with high marks, passing me out of both my entry level English course and writing courses in college.

Geometry

In high school, I was a year ahead of my class in mathematics and took Geometry my freshman year with a class of sophomores and juniors. Our class was detailed with extra work beyond out homework called problem sets for us honors student consisting of about 20 questions of the most challenging level for each chapter. My grade on the sets ranged from low B to high A and only contributed to keeping my already high average in the class at the top. In my current Contemporary Topics Mathematics course at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, we have just completed out unit in Geometry and received a high A on the exam.

Grammar

There is a great difference between being a speaker, and being a well-spoken person in today's society. Choosing the correct words one needs, makes every difference in getting one's message across. Some of the greatest speakers in history knew this and utilized their talents for words in or order to not just speak, but to truly be heard. Knowing proper grammar and parts of speech assists in both reading and public speaking which becomes a large part of life as an adult. An avid reader myself, I have experienced all manners of the English language. In my first two years of high school, I completed both Honors English I&II as well as Advanced Placement English III: Literature and Language and Advanced Placement English IV: Literature and Composition as a junior and senior. Each class included heavy uses of vocabulary and literary terminology, and all were passed with high marks, passing me out of both my entry level English course and writing courses in college.

Prealgebra

Many students struggle with mathematics in school, especially their prealgebra year. I'm here to tell you to cheer up because the world of math only gets better! Prealgebra is essentially designed to weed out the students who are going to struggle the most, however this is actually for the benefit of the student, not to make their lives miserable! In doing so, teachers are able to see who needs help in what particular areas and are then able to pinpoint them to help. In high school, I was a year ahead of my class in mathematics and took Geometry my freshman year with a class of sophomores and juniors. Our class was detailed with extra work beyond out homework called problem sets for us honors student consisting of about 20 questions of the most challenging level for each chapter. My grade on the sets ranged from low B to high A and only contributed to keeping my already high average in the class at the top. In my current Contemporary Topics Mathematics course at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, we have just completed out unit in Geometry and received a high A on the exam.

Public Speaking

As most other high school students, I was required to take a public speaking class in order to graduate. Not only did I successfully complete the course but it has become a large part of my life mow that I am in college. I am currently enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a rising sophomore and plan to earn my teaching degree in Spanish by 2016. With such goals, I am enrolled in taking a Communications class next semester. I have been assistant director/teacher to children ranging in age from 7 to 12 in Kaleidoscope Children's Theatre as well as performed on stage my self and have grown accustomed to speaking in front of an audience.

Reading

Although I do manage to read three books a week on average and do creative writing around my school schedule, I know that being an avid reader myself is not enough to qualify me for this position. As soon as high school began and we were allowed to choose the levels of classes we took, I immediately chose the highest level I could in order to be challenged. I took Honors English I&II my freshman and sophomore years passing both with high A's, Advanced Placement English III: Language and Composition my junior year and Advanced Placement English IV: Literature and Composition my senior year, both of which I also passed with A's. With the scores I made on my AP Exams I was able to pass out of my entry level English class in college. Last semester I took a Play Script Analysis class and a Mythology course which had a literature credit, both of which I passed with yet two more A's and am currently enrolled in English 109: Shakespeare, soon to also be passed with, that's right, another A.

Spanish

I found my passion for Spanish when I first entered high school and Spanish I at an entry level. I had been required to take Spanish from K-5 and had retained most of the basics which made the classes a piece of cake for me. In my junior year of high school I joined my school's National Spanish Honor Society (NSHS) when I held a 3.9 GPA in my Honors Spanish III class. The following year, I was named President of NSHS when I held a 4.0 Spanish GPA as a senior. Having recently graduated from college, I have completed Spanish 103, 203, 204, 301, 311, 315, 351, 400, 411, 415, 500, and 502 which include writing and speaking intensive courses, literature, and culture classes. During my time at university, I became a part-time employee on campus as a Special Support Services Tutor for Spanish where I worked with college students with and without learning disabilities in their foreign language requirements. I also completed 2 internships in local high schools teaching Spanish, taught English for one semester while studying abroad in Mexico, and completed my student teaching experience in another local high school teaching Spanish full-time.

Spelling

Misspelling the simplest of words can change the meaning of an entire sentence. When we listen to a speech, we do not hear the spellings of the words, but have to rely on the speaker to get across to us the message behind the work. When we read a paper, a book, any piece of literature, each word has a specific purpose, a reason for being there that we can physically see, a reason that has the ability to alter our perception of the work as we read it. In my first two years of high school, I completed both Honors English I&II as well as Advanced Placement English III: Literature and Language and Advanced Placement English IV: Literature and Composition as a junior and senior. Each class included heavy uses of vocabulary and literary terminology, and all were passed with high marks, passing me out of both my entry level English course and writing courses in college.

Study Skills

As a college student, I have had to learn new study habits every year in order to fit my ever-changing classes. Many people seem to think that if you just pick up a book and read the material over and over again you will study enough to pass a test. However every subject is different and therefore but be studied differently. There is also a great difference between being able to regurgitate information to write on a test and truly understanding what one is learning and how to apply it. Sure, one could look at a list of mathematical functions and memorize them, but simply memorizing them does not guarantee success when you go to apply them to a real world situation. Yes, you can know the things you should and should not do when speaking publicly such as standing tall, not shuffling, speaking clearly, and looking at the audience, but it does not necessarily mean you will do it properly when it comes time for you to give a speech. All of this comes down to how one studies and whether they are just memorizing facts or really know the information to apply it and retain it, even after the test is finished.

Theatre

I cannot honestly say that I found theatre, but that it found me my sophomore year in high school when I first joined my school's Musical Theatre program, a class that met everyday for an hour before the official school time. I continued with Musical Theatre for the next two years performing in "The Music Man," "Annie," and "Seussical the Musical." My senior year of high school I took both Theatre Arts I&II in order to experience theatre without the music and learn about the art's background and history. For three years I volunteered as an assistant director to a local group called Kaleidoscope Children's Theatre where I worked as a student director, costumer, tech, and designer for plays performed by children from 2nd-6th grade and assisted a middle school Theatre teacher with her 8th grader's plays and performed many of the same tasks. I entered college not as a Spanish major, but a Theatre Education major. I took several classes in preparation for my teaching license including Acting I, Play Script Analysis, Costuming, and Make-up, passing all of them with high A's.

Vocabulary

Beginning my 8th grade year, the literature courses required at my school included heavy sections of vocabulary to study every week which consisted of having to know not only the spelling and definitions but also the part of speech and the etymology on some occasions. Although the SAT does not give specifics on what parts of each section you did the best on (to my best knowledge), I took an SAT Preparatory class in high school which did show that I was highly proficient in my understanding of vocabulary and the use of words. My personal vocabulary has greatly increased due to the amount of reading and writing I do on my own time and strongly believe that proper arsenal can make the difference between a speaker and a well-spoken individual.

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Spanish, Lic.

Education

University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Spanish, Lic.)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kristen will travel within 5 miles of Greensboro, NC 27401.