College of Charleston (Psychology)
I am a non-native speaker who has spoken Spanish for 10 years. I lived for 6 years in Bogota, Colombia after studying college-level Spanish for two years in the U.S. Learning to speak Spanish in Colombia means I have a very neutral accent that is easy to understand by non-native speakers. The Colombian accent is known to be neutral relative to the accents of others regions. My experience in Colombia also means that I speak Spanish from experience, not just from textbooks and classes. Back in the U.S., I continued to study Spanish grammar and speaking at the college level. In December of 2014, I received the Advanced Low rating on the ACTFL OPI, which is the minimum rating required for Spanish teachers in the state of South Carolina. Knowing how to speak another language is just so cool, and worth all the hard work. I find that my own decade-long journey toward proficiency gives me insight into the learning process of students at all levels.
I am a psychology graduate student with a 3.8 GPA, so I am well-practiced in producing organized, well-written, and interesting papers. Writing is still an intimidating process for me, so I understand the difficulties students encounter when faced with a challenging writing assignment. I am as comfortable helping a fourth-grader compose a story as I am assisting a high-schooler design a research paper.
I found that at least half of academic success can be attributed to effective study skills. Knowing how to study is as important as what is being studied. It makes studying easier, less stressful, and more thorough. Study skills can be built upon and adapted according to subject and source material. If study skills keep pace with the level of difficulty of the material, any coursework is manageable.
My last tutoring experience was this fall at Memminger Elementary School in downtown Charleston. As an intern with the after-school program WINGS for Kids, I assisted children aged 4-10 with homework, in addition to teaching the social-emotional curriculum of the program. Many of the kids were learning at a remedial level and required attention sensitive to their difficulties. No matter the subject being learned or the age of the student, my tutoring strategy is to facilitate the student's own abilities to problem-solve. I always start with what the student already knows, more often than not, when the possible options are presented clearly, the student is able to find the natural next step on their own. Spanish Proficiency:
I am a non-native speaker who has spoken Spanish for 10 years. I lived for 6 years in Bogota, Colombia after studying college-level Spanish for two years in the U.S. Learning to speak Spanish in Colombia means I have a very neutral accent that is easy to understand by non-native speakers. The Colombian accent is known to
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Natural Gourmet Institute, NYC
Chef's Diploma, 2005
I received my chef's diploma in 2005, from Natural Gourmet Institute, which teaches traditional culinary technique alongside a curriculum of nutritional health and healing. I worked as a pastry chef, line cook, personal chef and caterer in NYC before retiring from professional kitchens. I love demystifying the chemistry of food for those who are eager to learn how to create the things they love to eat.
As of December 2014, I have an Advanced Low rating on the ACTFL OPI. This is the minimum rating required of Spanish teachers in the state of South Carolina. In addition to being orally proficient at the professional level, I am skilled in Spanish composition.