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Elizabeth N.

Sterling, VA

$40/hour

Skilled, experienced, encouraging tutor/teacher of Spanish

400+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/20/15
5.0 average from 237 ratings
Very Skilled and Patient
— William, Leesburg, VA on 6/26/17

$40/Hour


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University at Albany, State University of New York
Spanish
Westminster Choir College of Rider Univ.
Other
Westminster Choir College of Rider Univ.
Master's

Education

University at Albany, State University of New York (Spanish)

Westminster Choir College of Rider Univ. (Other)

Westminster Choir College of Rider Univ. (Master's)

About Elizabeth

I have a lifelong love of the Spanish language which I desire to share with students. Raised with early exposure to Spanish through my mother, who was also my high school Spanish teacher in a private, college preparatory school, I went on to major in Spanish in college and graduated with a 3.6/4.0 GPA. During my junior year abroad in Spain, I acquired near-native fluency which has stayed with me throughout my adult life. Last summer when I traveled to Spain, I was often mistaken for a native.

I have extensive teaching experience: private tutor, all ages and levels, both in person and on line; homeschool class teacher (middle and high school aged); adult community school (enrichment classes); and community college courses. I have a thorough understanding of Spanish grammar and am committed to helping students "crack the code" of a foreign language. My friendly and positive approach encourages students to believe that they can succeed, and I equip them with the tools to improve their skills, confidence and grades through the use of my own materials which supplement the textbooks and curricula used in their schools. It is also a joy to teach adult students who are motivated to learn Spanish, whether for professional or personal use. The lessons are tailored to the interests and learning style of the individual student.

I also have bachelor's and master's degrees in music and have taught people of all ages and levels of musical ability. Music history is always a component of my private teaching and choral rehearsals, and I have taught music history survey courses at a community college. I have experience with a variety of learning styles, both as a Spanish teacher and as a teacher of music - voice, piano and guitar.
I have a lifelong love of the Spanish language which I desire to share with students. Raised with early exposure to Spanish through my mother, who was also my high school Spanish teacher in a private, college preparatory school, I went on to major in Spanish in college and graduated with a 3.6/4.0 GPA. During my junior year abroad in Spain, I Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Discounts for long term study or 5+ hours of lessons per week for multiple family members. Online lesson rate negotiable, depending on the necessary amount of teacher preparation.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Sterling, VA 20164
Background Check: Passed

"Very Skilled and Patient"

- William, Leesburg, VA on 6/26/17

"Helpful with Spanish"

- Maisa, Mc Lean, VA on 9/21/17

"Patient and very understanding"

- Theresa, Gaithersburg, MD on 9/18/17

"great teacher"

- Austin, Cockeysville, MD on 7/8/17

"Knowledgeble and personable"

- Ann, Gore, VA on 5/5/17

"Lessons Specifically Address Student's Needs. Encouraging."

- Kindra, Herndon, VA on 4/30/17

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- James, Leesburg, VA on 4/19/17
Elizabeth replied on 4/21/2017

Thanks! It is certainly a joy to teach students like you who are motivated to learn!

"Awesome!"

- Simone, Ashburn, VA on 12/18/16
Elizabeth replied on 12/20/2016

Thanks, Simone! There is nothing more enjoyable than teaching a student who is so eager to learn!

"patient tutor"

- Nadya, Leesburg, VA on 9/12/16
Elizabeth replied on 9/14/2016

Thanks, Nadya! I appreciate this positive feedback, which was unsolicited! I agree that the book is very good. It's a pleasure to teach such a motivated student.

"Awesome tutor"

- Ted, Sterling, VA on 6/20/16

"Great teacher!"

- Rachel, Ashburn, VA on 6/4/16

"Excellent teacher and my son loves her"

- Rhea, Ashburn, VA on 5/23/16
Elizabeth replied on 3/28/2017

This student has now had 27 hours of tutoring with me. He is doing very well in Spanish this year!

"Very knowledgeable and friendly"

- Vel, Sterling, VA on 2/25/16

"Excellent tutor - takes personal interest"

- Aruna, Ashburn, VA on 2/21/16

"Very knowledgeable patient Tutor"

- Sujathas, Ashburn, VA on 1/28/16

"Patient instructor"

- Susan, Herndon, VA on 12/30/15

"Knowledgeable and Friendly"

- Manoharie, Sterling, VA on 11/23/15
Elizabeth replied on 1/1/2016

This student has to memorize lists of words, which is not going to work for a visual learner. We looked at sale papers on line to name articles of clothing and drew stick figure diagrams to label parts of the body. Teenagers need to know that what they are learning in class might actually be used in real life one day when they are traveling in a foreign country!

"Great Tutor"

- Sunit, Ashburn, VA on 7/15/15
Elizabeth replied on 1/1/2016

This student wanted a head start on Spanish 3 during the summer. We started with commands, both polite and familiar forms, so that when I introduced the subjunctive and its uses, he already knew all the endings. This sequence worked very well with this student. Since I have not had a call for help in the past few months, I guess he is doing well in Spanish 3!

Language:
Spanish

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Spanish

Having tutored all levels of Spanish for many years, I am very familiar with the points of grammar that give students the most trouble. I help students to build their confidence in learning the language by tapping into their learning styles and by my personable and encouraging approach. It is also a joy to share my love of the language with other adults for their personal or professional needs. My bachelor's degree in Spanish Language and Literature included a year abroad in Madrid, Spain, where I developed near-native fluency that I have maintained throughout my life.

University at Albany, State University of New York
Spanish
Westminster Choir College of Rider Univ.
Other
Westminster Choir College of Rider Univ.
Master's

Education

University at Albany, State University of New York (Spanish)

Westminster Choir College of Rider Univ. (Other)

Westminster Choir College of Rider Univ. (Master's)

Very Skilled and Patient

I took Spanish lessons from Elizabeth N. over several months in 2017. I am an adult student and came to these lessons with some limited knowledge of Spanish, and was interested in building some basic Spanish conversation skills. Elizabeth worked with me to identify my strengths and weaknesses, and adjusted our lessons to help me achieve this goal. For example, I was struggling with listening quite

— William, Leesburg, VA on 6/26/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Discounts for long term study or 5+ hours of lessons per week for multiple family members. Online lesson rate negotiable, depending on the necessary amount of teacher preparation.

Travel policy

Elizabeth will travel within 40 miles of Sterling, VA 20164.