Marie R.

Portland, OR


Experienced and Effective Spanish, English Lit, and ESL Tutor

300+ Hours
5.0 average from 136 ratings
Great for 1st year Spanish
— Nancy, Hillsboro, OR on 9/16/16


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North Park University, Chicago
Loyola University Chicago


North Park University, Chicago

Loyola University Chicago (Master's)

About Marie

-MA in Spanish
-6years of tutoring experience, and 4 years of classroom experience teaching Spanish (age range K-post college)
-Language and literature Spanish teaching experience at Loyola University Chicago
-sole k-8 Spanish teacher for 450 students
-Spanish tutoring from beginning to advanced and from early childhood to adult
- In-home tutoring for English
-Assistant English teacher in Spain
-bilingual (Spanish and English) elementary school tutor
- In-home ESL tutor for refugee family
- after-school ESL tutoring program

Notable Achievements:
- Graduated with Spanish and Global Studies Bachelor Degrees, Valedictorian and outstanding Spanish and Global Studies Awards, and graduated with my MA in Spanish, summa cum laude

Your studies do not have to be frustrating or boring! Whether you need extra support with your challenging courses, are looking to help your child build a strong English or Spanish foundation, or want to push yourself more to stand out on your college applications, I am ready to help! I have had a very successful academic career and understand what it takes to shine - and to tackle those problem areas! I am friendly, positive, organized and skilled at assessing individual needs.

I have learned Spanish as a second language, so I understand first-hand which topics are most difficult to master and have some great tools for conquering them. Additionally, I've lived in both Mexico and Spain, so I am bilingual and can teach from basic to the most complex grammar points. From my abroad experience, I can also incorporate cultural themes that breathe life and excitement into language acquisition.

I have wide experience with ESL students as well, from beginners to advanced and will help you reach your goals in a fun and comfortable environment. I also have had years of experience in intensive literature classes, so I am very familiar with the focus and tools you need to write beautifully and effectively.

We all want learning to be accessible and fun, and I am experienced in creating interactive activities and memory tricks to deepen recall, and increase motivation and confidence.
-MA in Spanish
-6years of tutoring experience, and 4 years of classroom experience teaching Spanish (age range K-post college)
-Language and literature Spanish teaching experience at Loyola University Chicago
-sole k-8 Spanish teacher for 450 students
-Spanish tutoring from beginning to advanced and from
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Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Portland, OR 97225

"Great for 1st year Spanish"

- Nancy, Hillsboro, OR on 9/16/16

"Recommendation For Marie R."

- Regina, Portland, OR on 9/6/16

"Very good tutor"

- Robin, Chicago, IL on 6/17/13

"Marie strengthness my English awareness just with her presence"

- Felipe, Lombard, IL on 4/11/12

"Review for Marie R."

- Hal, Naperville, IL on 8/7/11
Elementary Math
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar,
Study Skills,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked as a tutor with bilingual elementary school children, especially with reading, writing, and math skills. I have also worked as a tutor for a 6th-grade student in English grammar, math, science and social studies.


As both of my undergraduate degrees are in the Humanities, I wrote constantly in college. I earned high achievement awards for both of my degrees and was asked to work as a writing advisor. I also took Honors English all throughout high school so I understand very well what is expected at that level and how to give students tools to improve their writing significantly.


I have experience teaching English in a Spanish high school in Spain and tutoring in a Chicago bilingual elementary school. I have worked as an in-home ESL tutor for native Burmese speakers, and I also served in an after-school ESL tutoring program for native Burmese and Arabic speakers (elementary school and middle school ages). In addition, I have experience as an in-home tutor for native Spanish speakers, both in preparation for official exams and for personal growth.


I grew up fascinated by language and have always excelled at reading and written expression. I was in gifted language arts and English courses throughout my school years, and became more acutely aware of grammar rules through my study of Spanish, ironically enough. I actually enjoy working on the technical aspects of language, and enjoy empowering students to be confident and accurate communicators in oral and written expression.


I have my BA and MA degrees in the humanities and spent the majority of my higher academic career analyzing literature. I also co-taught an advanced literature course at Loyola University Chicago, and have tutored other students in successful writing, careful reading, and literature analysis.


As a tutor in an elementary school, I have helped young children learn the basics of reading and writing in English, including phonics.

Public Speaking

I have taken an advanced course on Speech and public speaking. I also presented major papers during my university career. I have been commended as having great presence and articulation as a speaker on multiple occasions.


I was a voracious reader since a young age and believe very strongly in the power of story and written language to connect us. It is my experience that finding a student's interests and passions is the key to improving their reading and LA confidence. I love to work together with my students to find what drives them and get to be a guide as they make all kinds of discoveries about their own capabilities, and love of learning. As someone who had two BA degrees and an MA in the humanities, reading had been fundamental to my academic career and I feel confident working with learners of all levels, from elementary age to the university level.


I have studied Spanish for ten years, but more importantly, I have multiple immersion experiences that have taken the language off of paper and into real life. I believe that language learning can and should be fun and engaging, giving the learner real tools to communicate and not just memorize grammar. I graduated with my BA in Spanish and was awarded as the Outstanding Spanish Student. I am currently working on my MA in Spanish. As Spanish is my second language, I recognize and can help work through the difficulties of second language acquisition, particularly some of the difficulties English speakers get caught up in. I have had a large range of experience teaching Spanish to students of all different levels, goals, and abilities and love to help bring students to those lightbulb moments!

Study Skills

As someone who is continually studying and who had academically vigorous high school and university experiences, I have learned first-hand a lot of the most useful study skills, and those that are time-wasters.

I was in the top of my class in high school and the valedictorian of my college class, and through a lot of practice, have learned well what allows students to study efficiently and effectively in order to have maximum academic success.

During recent experiences teaching English in Spain, I've honed my skills in communicating useful tools and habits for recall and comprehension.


I have tutored numerous ESL/ESOL/native speakers to increase their vocabulary and communication skills. I truly enjoy helping learners increase their confidence and knowledge and feel ready to take on their professional, social, and academic goals.


I have had a love for writing since I was a small child, and then constantly practiced that skill throughout my life, especially during my BA and MA degrees in the humanities. I have been praised many times for my written communication expertise and have tutored many students on a wide range of writing needs -from ESOL learners working on wording and particular vocabulary, to resume and portfolio building, to literary analysis, personal reflection, and applications to university. I am very patient and help draw out people's intended meaning and guide them to improve structure, style, and prose. Writing well opens up the world!

North Park University, Chicago
Loyola University Chicago


North Park University, Chicago

Loyola University Chicago (Master's)

Great for 1st year Spanish

Marie has been great in getting my high schooler engaged in learning spanish. she comes prepared to the lesson and is great and getting my son to engage in a curriculum that was not his first choice. I'm looking forward to a great year with Marie.

— Nancy, Hillsboro, OR on 9/16/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Travel policy

Marie will travel within 5 miles of Portland, OR 97225.