I am a graduate of Mt. St. Marys University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Languages, emphasis on Spanish. I am half Spanish, half American, and while I was born in the United States, from the time I was eight years old until I was nearly through with college we lived in Brazil, Korea, and Spain. This was an enriching and amazing experience, giving me an appreciation for all kinds of cultures and allowing me to deepen my knowledge of the Spanish language and culture. Later on through my work at the Smithsonian Institution, I had the opportunity to travel to Bolivia, Panama, and Puerto Rico which gave me further insight into other Spanish speaking cultures.
I first started tutoring while in college and discovered I had a knack for it often having other students request me by name. I would make charts or diagrams to organize and simplify the subject material to better communicate a concept to the student.
About 2 years ago, I started tutoring privately in Spanish 2 and 3. I enjoy getting to know the individual students personality and help the student appreciate the ways that they are smart and feel empowered and more confident as they tackle each challenge they encounter. I love when they have that ah-ha moment when things finally make sense! When possible, I also try to insert tidbits or stories from my life in Spain, or little fun tips for pronunciation just to make things more interesting and relevant to the student. In my spare time I enjoy reading, eating out with family and friends, and music.