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I have a teaching certificate that allows me to teach French and Spanish at all levels. I am currently studying to be certified in Teaching English as a Second Language. I have 25 years of experience teaching in middle school; high school; elementary and college. I taught Spanish to professionals at Miami Dade College; English to professional adults at Florida Computer College, and French at Mississippi State University. I was the Department Head of Foreign Languages at a Division-1 High School, where I received National Awards for education. I was a full time teacher at the French Immersion Program and taught High School Spanish for Spanish speakers.
Opera, ballet, classical music, humanities and art are my favorite interests.
I am a born educator and I love to see my students succeed!

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Nelia’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Rico - Bachelors, French

Graduate Degree: Rhode Island College - Masters, French & Spanish


I like the beach, humanities, and the arts. I have traveled extensively and enjoy learning new things.

Tutoring Subjects

AP French

AP French Language and Culture

College English

Conversational French

Conversational Spanish




French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4

High School English



Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Q & A

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Keeping students goal-oriented is a way to show them their progress as they continue. Nothing tastes better than success.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Try different approaches in teaching the student.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Practice makes perfect. Key concepts, key ideas, and breaking down paragraphs into sentences or phrases that are more manageable.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Keeping the student at ease is of utmost importance. The most successful strategy is the one that works best for the individual. This would vary from person to person.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

By connecting the subject to something relatable to them.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

By asking questions and "testing" their knowledge.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Produce situations where the student can successfully apply his/her knowledge.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

A student's needs should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I have a variety of approaches and techniques that are suited for diverse learners.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Visual, auditory, written, verbal, etc.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Each student is unique and in need of guidance to help bring out their creativity and knowledge.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Make them feel at ease, ask questions, and allow them to ask questions. I would also ask the student to communicate his/her expectations

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teaching students how to study and relate what they have learned to something tangible.

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