I have a B.A. in Spanish, Master's, and have taught Spanish, all levels, for 11 years. I have experience teaching in public high school, private school, and university level. I can help students to understand and achieve their best in Spanish 1 - AP levels, and to overcome any challenges.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: San Diego State University - Bachelors, Spanish
Graduate Degree: University of Phoenix-Hawaii Campus - Masters, Secondary Education
My hobbies include walking on the beach, spending time with family and friends, and playing the guitar.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that all students can succeed, and they can do great in any level of Spanish. With my many years of experience, I can help students to overcome challenges, as well as progress forward in their Spanish abilities and skills.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session with a student, I can find out what level the student is on, and if they have any specific challenges that they need help with. If they have any questions or concerns I would like to find out immediately so that we can work on those specific areas as well.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student to become an independent learner by offering resources for them to use on their own, as well as practice exercises (which I can provide feedback on).
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student to stay motivated by encouraging them in their progress, pointing out success and improvement, and to show them their work progress.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a concept or skill I would pinpoint the challenged area, provide specific practice exercises, and we would target that area until the student feels that they have understood the concept and mastered it.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would help students that are struggling with reading comprehension by going over reading exercises, answering all questions, and providing practice opportunities until the student feels that they are ready to move on.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that targeting the specific areas of weakness and working on those areas is very helpful when I start to work with a student. This can be done using practice exercises, online practice, and the textbook as well. I also provide practice resources that can increase the student's confidence. It is helpful to work on conversational skills in Spanish, providing that practical opportunity for practice.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help a student get excited/engaged with Spanish by encouraging them in their success of basic skills, giving immediate feedback, and showing them that they can master the Spanish language by practice.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The techniques that I would use to be sure that a student understands the material are: (1) frequently assess the student's progress. (2) ask the student if they understand/have any questions. (3) practice exercises in the target area. (4) ask the student if they can explain the concept. (5) online practice.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would do several things to build a student's confidence in a subject. I would start at a basic level of understanding, go over the content, and then give the student the opportunity to demonstrate the skill. Also, the student can explain the concept to me, and that can increase skills and confidence as well.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by using several methods: (1) ask the student what his/her concerns are in weak areas. (2) carefully look at their work/practice exercises. (3) continually monitor their progress and ability level, as well as understanding. I will then tailor the work to their level, using the scaffolding method.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring to the student's needs by going at the pace that the student feels comfortable at, not going any faster than the student's ability to progress. I make sure to answer any questions clearly and specifically, as well as continually check in with the student to ask about their concerns or questions.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The types of material that I typically use during a tutoring session are practice exercises (targeting the specific area), online resources for review and practice, and the textbook.