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I am a graduate of Tulane University, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, with an emphasis on educational policy and family studies. I also received a minor in English with a Creative Writing concentration. While I was born in Mexico City, Mexico, I grew up in St. Louis and am currently fluent in both Spanish and English. In New Orleans, I worked as the Child Section Director at La Semilla ELL schools. Twice a week, three hours each day, I taught English to students, ranging in age 2-12. Because of the wide range, it was a lot of individual tutoring which involved homework help, and also games in English. I used songs and videos to also help teach English. I studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic where I also worked at an English-Czech preschool. That semester, I taught English to kids ages 18 months-3 years and Spanish to 3-6-year-olds. While I don't have an ESL or Spanish-teaching certification, I have four years of experience!
I also have a deep love for literature and reading comprehension. With my English degree, I studied Shakespeare, American Literature and Western Lit (Greek and Roman literature). I have also interned at various websites and companies as a writer and an editor, so I have a lot of experience with essays and long papers such as research-papers. I am a firm believer in having fun while learning, so with younger students I tend to do a lot of games and a lot of positive reinforcement. And with older students, I use a lot of positive and useful criticism and finding ways to enjoy the work or at least enjoy reaching the end. I think anyone can learn any subject, I just have to find the right way to teach it to you!
As a native to St. Louis (Burroughs '13 grad), I enjoy exploring the city now that I'm older, writing and relaxing at home with my dog.

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Karina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Tulane University of Louisiana - Bachelor in Arts, Sociology

Test Scores

ACT English: 31

ACT Reading: 33


Reading fiction, American Lit and Shakespeare. I also enjoy writing for personal purposes. A big fan of movies and TV shows. I love arts and crafts! And also enjoy travelling and exploring St. Louis.

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Reading

American Literature

College Application Essays

College Level American Literature

Conversational Spanish

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing



Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing




Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep


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