University of Wyoming (Spanish)
M A Pepperdine University (Master's)
Receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish provided significant opportunities throughout my professional life. I taught Spanish as a long-term substitute in Stafford County. I lived temporarily in and around Zaragoza, Spain, where I studied informally the history and culture of the Iberian peninsula while in the U.S. Air Force. After completing the U.S. State Department's Spanish Language Course at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C., I was assigned as a military attache to the U.S. Embassy, Mexico City where Spanish is the common language to communicate among diplomats. I spent six years as a senior tour specialist guiding travelers throughout Mexico. In other words, I used the language. My language teaching experience includes instruction at the American Culture and Language Institute, Northern Virginia Community College. For three years I taught three levels of integrated English to English Language Learners: Introduction/Basic, Beginning and Low Intermediate. Student cultural backgrounds included Asia, Mid-East, South/Central America, Europe and Africa. Additionally, I evaluated and assigned to appropriate levels prospective students for fall, spring and summer semesters.
I love sharing the change students undergo as the light of recognition and understanding is illuminated in their eyes! Because I love to teach I volunteered to teach ESL in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.
Understanding the importance of cross-cultural communication enhances learning. I have lived in six countries outside the U.S. This results in being immersed in wonderfully diverse ideas, behaviors and ways of living. Adding smiles to the understanding of a student's background facilitates the learning process. The reward is great for student and tutor.
My academic degree coupled with the experiences of living in Mexico and Spain, as well as traveling throughout central and South America, have given me a somewhat unique qualification. Of course the love of facilitating the assimilation of language skills plus an increased understanding of the Hispanic way of life is extremely rewarding,
What needs to be emphasized is that I love teaching (I use the word synonymously with tutoring). My students enjoy the learning process; its a no-threat, enjoyable environment. Receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish provided significant opportunities throughout my professional life. I taught Spanish as a long-term substitute in Stafford County. I lived temporarily in and around Zaragoza, Spain, where I studied informally the history and culture of the Iberian peninsula while in the U.S. Air Force. After completing the
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