I am a licensed ESL teacher through Mars Hill University. I've traveled extensively to Mexico, Central and South America to learn the Spanish language/culture and have been tutoring/teaching Spanish since 2011. I taught in an American school in Puebla, Mexico from 2014-2016. Since then, I've been a Spanish/English Interpreter for the county schools, an interim Spanish immersion kindergarten teacher and an Immigration Paralegal/Interpreter. My Spanish is majority Latin American, but I can teach the very basics of Castilian Spanish.
I am an extremely positive and encouraging teacher. I believe that every student is capable of accomplishing anything when they are given the correct tools to do so.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Mars Hill University - Bachelors, Education K-12 ESL, Spanish minor
Currently, due to the pandemic, I am keeping myself busy by working out and building a small business (and eating and watching Netflix, obviously!). Otherwise, I would be traveling the world, salsa dancing or finding the most beautiful beaches!
What is your teaching philosophy?
I have struggled with dyslexia my entire life, making school the worst part of my existence. During my therapy and tutoring, I worked with several tutors who truly inspired me and gave me the encouragement and support that I needed to continue my education with confidence. As a teacher, I now work with children and adults who struggle to learn a specific topic, and I truly understand their struggle and frustration. My goal is to encourage and give my students a love for learning, along with the correct tools to succeed.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session should be about getting to know the student and what their goals are. I will conduct small assessments to see where they stand in the subject, and then create an action plan with the student in order to arrive at their final goal.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A student can become an independent learner when they are given the correct tools to be able to succeed on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
To help students stay motivated, I would encourage them constantly to keep their eyes on the end goal, and remind them that taking steps back sometimes is normal and to not get discouraged. Learning is a process and takes time to fully understand.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, I would remind the student that struggling to understand a concept is normal and to not get discouraged. Second, I would communicate with the student to get a better idea of what the problem is so that I could change my method of teaching.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would choose a short text to use as an example. Then I would use the "Think Aloud" process so that the student can see what my process of thinking is while reading. While reading, I could make personal connections, ask questions, visualize, determine text importance, make inferences, and synthesize new information. After the think-aloud example, have the student try it with a new text.