Over 1000 tutoring hours

Jo S.

Fairfax, VA

$35/hour

Patient instructor dedicated to each student's success

4.9 average from 338 ratings
Very kind and accommodating
— Anu, Chantilly, VA on 11/24/14

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Liberty University
Major TESOL Minor Spanish

Education

Liberty University (Major TESOL Minor Spanish)

About Jo

I love sharing the joy of learning through personalized tutoring. My experience with teaching and tutoring started in college, where I tutored middle school and university students in math, science, history, Spanish, and ESOL. I completed both a practicum and an internship in an elementary school setting for ESOL and Spanish. In 2010, I graduated from Liberty University, where I participated in the Honors Program, Victorian Society and the Spanish Honors Society (Sigma Delta Pi). I graduated with a B.A. in Education and a minor in Spanish.

I've volunteered at adult ESOL classes, as well as an elementary school Spanish Club meetings. In 2010, I taught English in Hungary for a year (1st and 2nd grade) and decided to keep learning Hungarian after moving back to the U.S. Afterwards, I participated in AmeriCorps for 2 years at a health center in a primarily Hispanic area of Boston. Recently, I worked in Annandale, VA helping Spanish-speaking clients at Dept. of Family Services, by filling out applications and translating. I currently keep my Spanish up with family, friendships, conversation clubs, and academic studies.

My approach to tutoring is to make the coursework relevant, practical, and interesting for the students. Younger students especially have enjoyed my original worksheets, flashcards, and games. For many students, I make use of Google Documents to create slide shows of the material. I will provide students with a binder or folder to help them keep organized. My goal is to foster a lasting enjoyment of learning.
I love sharing the joy of learning through personalized tutoring. My experience with teaching and tutoring started in college, where I tutored middle school and university students in math, science, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required

Group discount available (multiple students, same subject) and family discount available! If you have more than one hour per week with me, I will discount your rate.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Fairfax, VA 22033
Background Check: Passed

"Very kind and accommodating"

- Anu, Chantilly, VA on 11/24/14

"She is the best!!"

- Soyun, Fairfax, VA on 11/7/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Mehul, Mc Lean, VA on 10/8/14

"Outstanding Tutor. Highly Recommended"

- Cam, Fairfax, VA on 10/1/14

"Great tutor"

- Doaa, Fairfax, VA on 9/13/14

"Great Tutor, Very Patient"

- Susheela, Fairfax, VA on 9/9/14

"Great Tutor"

- Jung A, Fairfax, VA on 7/18/14

"Great Tutor"

- Stephen, Chantilly, VA on 7/10/14

"Very prompt and a great tutor"

- Manju, Fairfax Station, VA on 3/24/14

"Excellent"

- Stephanie, Fairfax, VA on 1/24/14

"Very pleased - Great Tutor"

- Vani, Aldie, VA on 1/23/14

"Great tutor"

- Madeleine, Manassas, VA on 1/17/14

"Very meticulous and well prepared"

- SIVA, Aldie, VA on 12/16/13

"Great Excitement - Dedicated and Enthusiastic"

- Scott, Centreville, VA on 10/21/13

"Excellent teacher"

- Byung Hong, Mc Lean, VA on 9/26/13

"Awesome tutor!"

- Soyoung, Clifton, VA on 9/9/13

"Very patient and quick response."

- Van, Fairfax, VA on 9/2/13

"Patient, flexible, and talented!!"

- Jennifer, Reston, VA on 8/16/13
English:
Reading, Writing
Language:
Hungarian,
Russian,
Spanish
Elementary Education:
Reading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Hungarian

Hungarian is one of my favorite languages. I lived in Budapest for 1 year to teach English. Before I went, I made some Hungarian contacts in the U.S., studied the language, and attempted to explore the preparation of their unique cuisine. When I came back to the states, I maintained my contacts, studied independently, and attended a Hungarian community school in Boston (Boskola), and made a trip back to Budapest to visit last year. I can tutor basic Hungarian, especially survival phrases and useful vocabulary. If someone is planning a trip to visit this beautiful country, whether for pleasure or to visit family, a little Hungarian goes a long way to impress a group of people who are very proud of their rich and complicated language.

Russian

I have loved Russian ever since I was a kid, when my friend moved to Kazakhstan. I have studied it since college, and now I continue to self-study and practice with my Russian-speaking friends from Ukraine and Turkmenistan. I am able to teach beginning Russian. I hope to be able to visit Ukraine someday.

Spanish

I've studied Spanish since I was ten years old, starting with informal conversation neighbors from El Salvador and working my way up to a minor in Spanish (along with my teaching degree from Liberty University). I have enjoyed learning the language and culture from friends, family (my stepmother is Peruvian), in classes, clubs (including the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honors society in college), and through work (East Boston, MA) and travel (Madrid, Spain). Up to this point, I've reached a B2 level (upper intermediate - the next level would be the highest, C1) and continue to gain fluency through language exchange. I love sharing my cultural and linguistic experiences with this versatile and beautiful language.

Writing

Writing is an invaluable skill that I have enjoyed developing throughout my academic career. With the creative streak that runs in my family, I started writing my own short stories about animals (real and imaginary) as a child. I later succeeded in attaining excellent grades in language arts and was fortunate to be enrolled in Honors English classes from middle school through high school. My AP Language class helped me strengthen my skills, and I was able to use credits earned from the AP test to get college credit. I later choose to become an English language teacher and wrote an Honors Thesis. I now tutor writing students on a regular basis.

Liberty University
Major TESOL Minor Spanish

Education

Liberty University (Major TESOL Minor Spanish)

Very kind and accommodating — My daughter started taking lessons from Jo a month back and has loved every lesson with her. Jo is very dedicated and takes the time to make learning the language fun and interesting. My daughter looks forward to her class every week and is enjoying the new language. Jo assigns very good homework for my daughter and takes into account her school work. Jo responds promptly when I send her an email ...

— Anu, Chantilly, VA on 11/24/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Group discount available (multiple students, same subject) and family discount available! If you have more than one hour per week with me, I will discount your rate.

Travel policy

Jo will travel within 10 miles of Fairfax, VA 22033.