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Thank you for viewing my profile! My international education, life lessons, and work with individuals of all ages and abilities have taught me a unique set of skills to help you flourish in your endeavors. I genuinely care about your well-being and success. I define myself as a citizen of the world and a lifelong learner. Both of these illustrations have led me on a number of adventures: a multilingual (native in German and English) and multicultural upbringing; a B.A. in Spanish, and Biology and Psychology minors (Magna Cum Laude); world-wide travel and service work; a graduate certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies; a certificate in Spanish Medical Interpretation; and, recently, a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree. I look forward to learning with you and embarking on a new adventure!

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Lena’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Benedictine College - Bachelors, Spanish

Graduate Degree: Creighton University - PHD, Occupational Therapy Doctorate


I love to meet new people, travel, gain new knowledge, cook/bake, sing, hike, kayak, swim, bike, read, run with my two dogs (Stella and Querida), and spend time with loved ones.

Tutoring Subjects

Academic Coaching

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing


African-American History

American Literature

Anatomy & Physiology

AP English Language and Composition

AP Spanish Literature and Culture



British Literature


CLEP German

CLEP Introductory Psychology

CLEP Introductory Sociology

CLEP Spanish

College Application Essays

College Biology

College English

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature


Conversational German

Conversational Spanish

COTA / NBCOT - Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Creative Writing

Developmental Biology

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing


European History

Evolutionary Biology



German 1

German 2

German 3

German 4

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Quantitative


High School Biology

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

High School Writing


Human Development


Latin America History


Life Sciences



Medical Terminology


Microsoft Excel

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing


NBCOT - National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy




OTR / NBCOT - Occupational Therapist - Registered


Plant Biology


Professional Certifications

MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior


Public Speaking



Social Networking

Social Sciences

Social Studies



Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Spelling Bee

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technology and Coding

Test Prep

World Civilization

World History

World Literature

World Religions


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Efforts will be made to analyze a student's learning style, to adhere to it, and make the lessons as interactive and fun as possible.

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

In a first session, I hope to establish rapport, to find out the level the student is at, and what he or she expects to learn during the future sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I will let the student lead the sessions and solely act as a guide and support system. In the beginning, like a child learning to ride a bicycle, I will structure the sessions more. In time, I will slowly take off the training wheels when the student feels comfortable in his or her area of interest.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I believe that my enthusiastic personality, as well as the fact that I myself never give up, will help the student stay motivated. I will give them fun challenges in their level and according to their interests to complete for the next session.

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

I will have the student choose exciting reading material that he or she is motivated to read. We will then work with the material during the session and test comprehension. I will assign reading homework on another topic the student enjoys for to complete for the next session. Depending on the level, the student will write about what he or she has read, or we will converse about the material to confirm comprehension.

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

Establishing rapport is one of the most important strategies when one starts working with a student. Additionally, offering a respectful and patient learning haven is vital to success. Education is a two-way street, and I treat it as such.

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

I would help the student find his or her niche within the subject. For example, if a student is at an advanced level of Spanish and he or she is struggling with the grammar, I would have the student watch a Spanish movie of their liking and listen to Spanish music. When we meet for another session, we will converse about the subject and continue to work on Spanish grammar.

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

After I have explained a subject matter in a structured manner, and I have given multiple examples, I would have the student explain the material along with their reasoning and answers (if applicable).

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

I am very open-minded and I have learned various teaching and learning strategies through my international education. I believe that once I get to know the student and what he or she likes, I can tailor the subject matter to him or her.

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

Depending on the student's learning style, I may use visuals, audio, etc. Naturally, we will also work on specific homework assignments. For example, if a student is learning German, and can form simple sentences, I would have the student describe various pictures for me.

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

I would repetitively praise the student in his or her achievements!

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would ask the student what subject matter he or she is struggling with and what strategies he or she has previously tried. We could then adapt the material to the student's likes, once I find out his or her hobbies and learning style. If comprehensive testing is necessary to examine a certain proficiency, we can supply that as well.

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