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University of Pittsburgh (Psychology)
Hello! My name is Samantha. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013 having majored in psychology with a minor in linguistics and a certificate in African studies and a certificate in Arabic linguistics and language. Beyond my degree and certificate courses, I took classes in language development, Arabic language/literature, French language/speaking/literature, social work, sociology, anthropology, and a full range of liberal arts courses. I fell in love with the study of language and decided to work with a professor in her lab on language development in 3 and 4 year old children. I gathered data and wrote a research paper over the span of a semester. I was also invited to collaborate on a linguistic research paper with another of my professors. Both of these experiences invaluably furthered my education and passion in the field of linguistics.
While I pursued my love of languages academically, I also spent my extra-curricular time tutoring Somali-Bantu refugee families in their Pittsburgh homes as part of the University's organization called Keep It Real. I was a member of this organization for three years and was voted onto the board as Community Liaison both my Junior and Senior year. As a board member, I acted as the mediator between the organization and the greater Pittsburgh community. I found opportunities for our refugee families and tutors to immerse themselves in cultural, social, educational, and recreational events in Pittsburgh.
During my last semester of college, I decided to get ESL certified through Oxford Seminars' TEFL/TESL/TESOL certification program. After completing the program, I applied to teach ESL in four countries--Thailand, South Korea, Costa Rica, and Spain. After receiving job offers from each country, I decided to pursue the program in Catalonia, Spain for 8 months. I taught as a Communication Assistant in a small town academy in Northeastern Catalonia. I lived with three families whose children attended the school. There, I truly fell in love with teaching English as a Second Language.
When I returned to the States, I began a 5-month internship in Philadelphia with Nationalities Service Center, a non profit organization that provides social services to immigrants and refugees. As a Refugee Resettlement Intern, I led newly-arrived clients on various escorts that provided them with necessary social services. I worked with case managers to ensure that our clients received necessary aid and benefits upon their arrival and adjusted comfortably to their new environment. During the final month of my internship, I also volunteered to teach a 5-week intensive adult ESL intermediate course for twelve non-English speaking adults. I absolutely fell in love with teaching my class. Again, I furthered my experience in and passion for teaching/tutoring/mentoring.
I am currently working a retail job in the Doylestown area in order to save some money before I travel to another country to teach ESL in the fall. I would love to continue tutoring in the mean time because that is where my true passion and talent lie!
As a tutor, I am organized and challenging. I believe teaching (especially teaching a new language) should be interactive, hands-on, and meaningful. In my experience, the academic material I truly understood was material that was presented on a personal level. I believe in individualized study that moves at the pace of the learner but constantly challenges the learner to reach higher goals. I believe that making a mistake is one of the best learning tools--for both myself as the teacher and for my students. Teaching is such a beautiful opportunity for both the teacher and the student to share an exchange of knowledge, growth, and a greater understanding of themselves, each other, and our world. Hello! My name is Samantha. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013 having majored in psychology with a minor in linguistics and a certificate in African studies and a certificate in Arabic linguistics and … Read more
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In elementary school, I was the only girl from my class to compete in math competitions.
In high school, I took AP English and AP Calculus and received a high AP test score in both subjects (3 and 4 respectively). I also performed equally well in both subjects on my SATs.
While I majored in psychology and minored in linguistics in college, I also took various Liberal Arts courses in both math and English to continue my education in these subjects.
Finally, I have extensive experience as a volunteer tutor (of various school subjects) and paid teacher (of English as a Second Language) over the past four years.
I have been certified through Oxford Seminars in TESL/TESOL/TEFL. I have taught English in Spain for 8 months. I have taught a 5-week intermediate ESL class to adults. I am currently applying to spend a year teaching ESL in Korea.
I studied French for 6 consecutive years (French 1-4 and AP French in high school, and two semesters of French courses in college--French Conversation and French Literature).
In high school, I received an award for outstanding performance in the French Language.
I have traveled to Paris, France.
I have performed throughout my childhood and adolescence in multiple school and summer performances. I have sung in a choir since first grade and have participated in two auditioned a cappella groups. I was the lead role in all of my high school drama productions, including Daisy Pulls it Off, Women in Congress, Enchanted April, and Arsenic and Old Lace. I have performed in various musical theater productions as well, including Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, Maisy in Seussical the Musical, and a maid in Me and My Girl. For three years while in high school, I took ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and modern dance classes. My senior year of high school, I was chosen to represent my high school in the English Speaking Union's Shakespeare Competition. I placed second in the Philadelphia Branch Competition--one level below the National Competition. The arts a beautiful comfort, release, and passion in my life. I love to share it through teaching and tutoring.