Austin Peay State University (Spanish)
I first got my exposure and initial learning of Spanish as a teenager working for my neighbors. They were farmers and used seasonal immigrant laborers from Mexico on Agricultural H2A Visas. Later, I operated my own landscape company in Nashville, Tn. and used seasonal H2B visa workers. For years, anytime we were not in the presence of customers, we spoke only Spanish. I closed my business in 2010 and dedicated three weeks in May of that year to help the American Red Cross during the Spring floods in Nashville. I served as a Spanish/English interpreter for several disaster relief teams working areas of the city that had high Hispanic populations and had been devastated by the floods.
Early in 2011, I enrolled at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN and declared Spanish as my Major, where I completely blitzed the entrance exams. While in college, I served as a Spanish tutor for APSU's Academic Support department, was an active member in good standing with the Spanish Honor Society - Sigma Delta Pi - and did volunteer Spanish tutoring for Tri-County Upward Bound. This was a program designed to help high school students from three disadvantaged Tennessee counties get help that they could not receive at their home schools.
During my undergraduate work, I studied for a semester in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina where I lived with a host family. This was a wonderful experience as I was completely immersed in Argentine Spanish.
Spanish for me, has become a passion. Honestly, I love it! It has been wonderful to me. Teaching and sharing with others gives me the sheer joy of being able to give back by helping others to learn this beautiful language.
While Spanish is not my native language, I have been speaking it for almost half of my life. I learned my Spanish in the "streets" and through association with Latino workers with whom and I had daily contact. So, by the time I entered college and declared Spanish as my Major, I had already been speaking Spanish regularly for well over a decade. My university Spanish exit exam listed my proficiency level at "Native." However, I have the unique perspective of knowing exactly how, where and why an English speaking Spanish student will struggle. This is because I have struggled with the exact same concepts - concepts that all too often are completely taken for granted by a native Spanish speaking teacher. As a result, I have an uncanny ability to explain these concepts in terms that English speaking students can immediately understand. Give me the opportunity to prove this to you.
Because my success with WyzAnt depends on your repeat requests, I beg you to give ME the chance over so many other Spanish instructors. I truly believe that you will find me a cut above. I first got my exposure and initial learning of Spanish as a teenager working for my neighbors. They were farmers and used seasonal immigrant laborers from Mexico on Agricultural H2A Visas. Later, I operated my own landscape company in Nashville, Tn. and used seasonal H2B visa workers. For years, anytime we were not in the presence of customers,