My favorite part of being both a teacher and a tutor is seeing the "lightbulb moment"— that moment where something clicks into place and the student finally "gets it". Sometimes it takes a while, other times it happens right away, but either way, it is a reward like no other.
I graduated from CSU Long Beach with a B.A. in Spanish, emphasis in Translation and Interpretation, and am also a CELTA-certified ESL instructor and Fulbright Grant alumnus. I have been a tutor since high school, and as an ESL instructor, I have taught people from a wide variety of backgrounds, from students at a Russian polytechnic university in Siberia to aircraft mechanics on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.
While English is my forte, and I have extensive experience with Standardized Test preparation (including curriculum development), I am more than comfortable teaching other subjects, especially Spanish, as I have lived in Colombia and Argentina and am currently training to become a Spanish-language court interpreter.
As a tutor, I feel that my job is to provide the personalized attention that a teacher often cannot. The sessions can be as relaxed or as formal as is comfortable for the student, so long as the work is done efficiently and effectively. I focus on problem areas, diagnosing each issue and working to correct it through a series of skill-building steps. In regular subject teaching, I strive to adapt the subject matter in order to make it more interesting and applicable to a student's life. In dealing with Standardized Tests, though, I advocate a methodical, mechanical approach that makes finding and selecting the correct answer as painless as possible.
Outside my academic life, I am a travel enthusiast, linguistics nerd (yes, for fun), journeyman bartender, passable drummer, amateur photographer, and horrible costume designer, but I am eager to learn about nearly any subject.
If you believe my skills might be a good match for your needs, I would be delighted to help lead you toward some "lightbulb moments" of your own.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Long Beach - Bachelors, Spanish
SAT Composite: 2270
SAT Math: 670
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 800
Travel, cooking, photography, music, cosplay, linguistic, horrible puns
College Application Essays
High School English
High School Writing
SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization