I am a Spanish teacher in the county. I grew up in Charlottesville and taught Spanish there for one year before moving to Northern Virginia to teach here. I am currently teaching Spanish 1, 2, and native speaker. I went to Longwood University where I double majored in Spanish and ESOL with a concentration in Education (k-12). During my time at Longwood, I was the tutor for all levels of college level Spanish. I worked with beginners as well as Spanish literature students. During my time at Longwood I studied abroad in both Costa Rica and Argentina.
I believe I am a very warm and bubbly person who gets along with most anyone. I am a supporter of anyone who wishes to learn a new language or hone a skill once mastered. Languages can be difficult and I understand that and try to work around the struggles and obstacles to reach the goals desired.
My teaching style differs as do people. I don't believe you can teach each person the same way. Essentially, teaching is not one size fits all. I will talk to clients about what they believe their needs are as well as observing what makes the client most at ease and will adapt my style around the client. I tend to not be the strict school master type, but more the show what you know type of teacher. I hope this gives you a little insight into me and I look forward to meeting you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Longwood University - Bachelors, Spanish and ESOL with Teaching Certificate
I enjoy spending time outside, running, cooking and traveling to places I've never been! I enjoy salsa dancing and different types of music and movies.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teachers, like fingerprints, are similar yet unique. The similarities are why we teach. My joy as a teacher comes from watching a student's progress; from the student they are when they first walk in, to the student who graduates from my class at the end of the year. Progress is not just based on how a student has become better grammatically, but have they internalized the cultural lessons and become a global citizen. My desire to teach stems from the reward of watching a student grasp a concept with which they once struggled; yet, not solely concepts in Spanish. It’s my job to help them mature skills that they can use for years such as applying patterns to verbs they have never seen, as well as learning appropriate social behaviors in order to be more culturally aware. For student success, it’s crucial they have as many possibilities to see, hear and manipulate the content in such a way that increases engagement, time on task, and participation. Integrated technology is another strategy that assists students in manipulating the L2. It also provides contextualized learning since students spend so much time on social media already. Yet most importantly is knowing what type of learners I have. This information affects how I address and assess my students. I strive to ensure that every unit has a verbal, auditory, and kinesthetic component. With this methodology in place, the way I teach is the same way they’re assessed. Ultimately, my goal as a teacher is to enact change in a student. I would like to motivate them to think more openly about different cultures and to see the benefits in SLA. My overarching goal as a teacher is to ensure that every student that walks in my class on the first day is not the same student that walks out of my class on the last. I would like to ensure that the student that walks out of my class on the last day is more knowledgeable not only about a second language, but also about themselves as a person, as a learner, and a global citizen.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A first session is where I like to learn the goals of the student. What do they wish to accomplish? In what time period do they wish to accomplish this goal? What is their desired result from tutoring as a whole as well as each individual lesson? Knowing this we can then formulate a curriculum that is based solely on that student's needs. I also like to assess what the student already knows and is familiar with. This way we can move forward and not waste time on topics already mastered.