I enjoy learning about languages and other cultures, and I like to share that passion with others. Learning about another language or culture helps you to see the world in a different way and you can have fun while doing that.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Nebraska at Kearney - Bachelors, Spanish Translation and Interpretation
Learning new languages or about other cultures, cooking, music, animals, healthy life style
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Accommodate to any learner; each person learns in a different way, whether visual, auditory, or through kinesthetics.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know them -- ask them what they want to learn, what they think their areas of improvement or weakness might be, and observe their learning style.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Helping them to notice their strengths and to utilize them, recognize their weaknesses and how they can improve, and be aware of their learning style to help them achieve success.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Taking "breaks"--such as encouraging them to get up and walk around, have a healthy snack, focus their attention on another task to help them become alert and then switch back to the other task when they are ready. Help them develop goals or lists and plans of action; sometimes seeing your goals written down can help a person visualize what they want to achieve and how they can achieve that goal.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Tell them to write down words they are not confident they know meaning of. Look up the definition of the word. Think of how it is used in the sentence. Or think of synonyms to help you relate meanings and develop your personal glossary.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Be positive yet firm. Give positive feedback when they do well, but also give constructive criticism when needed. Be honest/have transparent communication.