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Hi There! Thanks for choosing me as your instructor! I will be your tutor in foreign language. I received my Bachelor's Degree in French with a Minor in English as a Second Language from the University of Texas at San Antonio in May of 1993. I also have background in early childhood education, child development, language acquisition, and literacy. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and I have worked with students of all ages from high school to college. My favorite subject to teach is French because I love the continuity and flow of the language, as well as the diverse literature and rich history that surrounds the French culture. I had the fortunate opportunity to travel to France as a college graduation present where I immersed myself in the country's actual sites and sounds. I will never forget standing on the ancient "Le Pont Neuf" bridge looking at the iconic Tour Eiffel for the first time in the late afternoon sunlight with the Paris suburbs surrounding. Not to mention the fabulous food and all those decadent desserts! Besides my strong desire for traveling, music, and my longing for nature, I am a full time Mom to a vivacious 7 year old Son who definitely keeps me on the pavement running! I have an interactive approach to my tutoring style, encouraging consistent communication and feedback from my students to ensure they have the most rewarding and productive learning experience! Language is expressive and a wonderful way to promote creativity. I am excited to be part of the Varsity Tutors Family and look very forward to meeting you and getting to know your interests so we can work together toward success!

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GRETCHEN’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: The University of Texas at San Antonio - Bachelors, French (Secondary Education / 2nd Teaching Field of ESL)


Traveling with my son, outdoors / nature, animal rescue and fostering, music, bead work and jewelry, reading, singing, dancing.

Tutoring Subjects

College English

Conversational French

Conversational Spanish




French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4

High School English



Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in tailoring the teaching approach to the specific needs of the student, inciting confidence, leadership, and autonomy, which will incite growth and improved performance.

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

In addition to being an instructor who brings a strong desire to promote the learning experience for my students, I have various instructional materials that will enrich and facilitate their comprehension, including but not limited to: textbooks, workbooks, grammar references, interactive communication tools, pictures, as well as various types of contemporary and historical literature.

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