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I believe firmly that to be a great teacher, you have to be a great student. When I first began tutoring middle school students through my church while I was in high school, I learned that learning works best when it is a two-way street. I love when my students give me feedback about where they are, as this helps inform me on the goals to work toward.

I am a native Tennessean from a town in northwest Tennessee called Troy. I graduated from Lipscomb University with a double major in Communications and Spanish in 2013. I have lived in Honduras and Paraguay and made many trips to Mexico, and I am fluent in Spanish and teaching both the language and culture. I have worked in several middle and high schools throughout Nashville tutoring in Spanish, ESL, English and math.

Additionally, I have worked for both a newspaper and radio station, and I am a huge fan of both news and proper grammar and writing. I believe that when you are able to write well and articulately, you will be best understood.

I am a huge history buff, and I love American history, Latin American history, and world history in general. In my free time, I may be found on a kayak or bicycle seeing and experiencing new things.

Clay’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Lipscomb University - Bachelors, Communications and Spanish (double major


playing guitar, kayaking, concerts, hiking, traveling

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Writing


College English

College Essays

College Level American History

Comparative Literature

Conversational Spanish


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American History





Public Speaking


Social studies


Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that problem solving and engagement are most central towards teaching. I try to find out where a student is and then help him/her find the path toward where to go.

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

I believe that getting to know each other is very important. I also think that students are most apt to tell you where they are in studying and where they want to go, so I try to focus on that.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The best way to become an independent learner is to discover what style of learning suits you best and zero in on that. Some people learn better through visuals, some through words, etc. I try to help students discover their own learning strengths.