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Debra S.

Cheswick, PA

$40/hour

Bilingual Tutor for Spanish, English, and Writing

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Westminster College
BA in Comm, Writing

Education

Westminster College (BA in Comm, Writing)

About Debra

During most of the 1980's I tutored English as a second language to Spanish speaking people in Venezuela. During this time, I also taught English in a private pre-school, high school, and language institution. When I returned to the United States, I taught Spanish in a private school to students in grades K-8 for two years. Over the past nine years, I have tutored people in Spanish, both at high school and college levels.

For most of my college career, I was a double major in English and Communications. My degree is in Communication Studies with a minor in Writing.

My teaching/tutoring style varies according to what works best for each individual or group.
During most of the 1980's I tutored English as a second language to Spanish speaking people in Venezuela. During this time, I also taught English in a private pre-school, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Cheswick, PA 15024
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish,
TOEFL
History:
American History, Geography
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

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Spanish

I have been bilingual since living in a Spanish speaking country for over a decade during the 1980s where I taught English at a preschool, high school, and language institution, and tutored all ages from my home.

Since moving back to the U.S., I taught Spanish to grades K-8 at New Castle Christian Academy from 1991 to 1993, tutored Spanish from my home, taught my own children Spanish, and tutored college students and adult learners from 2001 to the present.

I also do freelance translation work and am uniquely qualified to help learners of all ages.

Writing

I have decades of experience with writing. I hold a degree in Communications/Writing, and a qualified to encourage and help others to improve their writing skills.

In recent years, I coordinated and led writing programs for libraries near Pittsburgh, and I continue to lead writing groups, both in-person and online. I also develop and host conferences, retreats, open-mic programs, and other writing events.

My writing has won awards in various genres including children’s stories, poetry, fantasy, fiction, and creative nonfiction. My work has been published in literary magazines, local newspapers, and an anthology. Several of my plays and monologues have been produced.

I am currently working on several projects, including a trilogy and another novel.

Westminster College
BA in Comm, Writing

Education

Westminster College (BA in Comm, Writing)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Debra will travel within 10 miles of Cheswick, PA 15024.