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I graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Psychology as well as a minor in Primate Biology and a minor in Spanish. While at Duke, I interned with several psychology labs on campus as well as with Johns Hopkins Kennedy Krieger Institute. Additionally in undergraduate, I lived and studied abroad in La Pa, Bolivia. While there, I worked for six months in a Bolivian mental hospital, which helped expand my Spanish fluency, particularly in medical situations. For graduate school, I attended The University of Alabama at Birmingham where I pursued a doctorate in developmental psychology with an emphasis on autism intervention therapies. While I left the university to pursue a different career, I was still involved in teaching college level Abnormal Psychology and extensive field work with local autism centers in the city.

During graduate school, I was taking recreational, non-credit classes at the University of Alabama in Medical Spanish and began volunteering in a clinic in Pelham, AL, as an interpreter. I enjoyed that work so much that I left graduate school and returned to the Durham, NC area. There, I enrolled in the Spanish community facilitator and medical interpreting program at Durham Technical Community College. I completed my certificate in that program, and I have shadowed interpreters at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University hospitals. I also interned in two Raleigh area clinics as a volunteer interpreter, Alliance Medical Ministries and Urban Ministries of Raleigh.

During my summers off from interpreting school, I worked as a summer studies instructor for Duke University's Talent Identification Program. I taught a class that was a mix of Introductory Psychology and Abnormal Psychology (essentially a 200-level college class) to gifted rising eighth and ninth graders who had scored highly enough on their Scholastic Achievement Tests to qualify for Duke's program. There I worked with them not just on learning the material but on how to write and research college-level research papers and how to prepare college level debates and power point presentations.

Moreover, I have been tutoring informally for about thirteen years. I started back in high school by tutoring for my younger sister's friends. My main areas have been Spanish, English Grammar and Composition, Psychology, and college application essays. I have also done some SAT Verbal tutoring as well. I am proficient tutoring the Verbal and Writing aspects of the SAT and ACT exams.

I love working with kids, whether they are those with special needs or learning disabilities like ADD, and I love the subjects that I teach, including Spanish, English, and Psychology, as they are all very dear to me.

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Margaret’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Duke University - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology


writing, reading, charity work, feminism, dog walking, field hockey, swimming, movies

Tutoring Subjects

AP Psychology

College English

College Essays

Conversational Spanish


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

IB Psychology

IB Psychology SL


Social Sciences


Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4


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