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As a lifelong learner and tutoring expert in Spanish, English, music, and test prep, my teaching journey spans the majority of my life. I worked as a junior golf camp instructor for eight summers during high school and college. During the summer before my junior year of college, I served as a peer mentor to high school students in the Skidmore Pre-College Program.

In addition to my skills as a mentor, I was able to hone my tutoring skills by serving as a music and Spanish tutor throughout my studies. During my senior year, I wrote an 80-page thesis titled "Jazz Flamenco: How Political and Cultural Appropriation Created a New Musical Genre," which allowed me to meld my interests in Spanish, music, and writing.

While my academic work and mentoring roles were fulfilling, my passion for language and music education was truly able to shine through during my senior year, when I designed an independent study course titled "Teaching Methods for Undergraduate Spanish." For this course, I created and implemented lesson plans for an intermediate-level Spanish class. Each month, in collaboration with a Skidmore professor, I would outline lesson plans, receive direct feedback, and put these plans to practice in real time in the classroom. This experience working with students and thinking about my own pedagogical practice truly solidified my passion to teach.

In recent years, although I am now working full-time in university fundraising, I have continued to pursue teaching. I have served as a volunteer Freshman Adviser at Harvard for incoming first-year students, and I recently completed an online MicroMasters program through the University of Michigan called "Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement." In the coming months, I will begin to pursue a graduate degree in higher education.

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Ryan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Skidmore College - Bachelor in Arts, Spanish

Test Scores

GRE Verbal: 167


Spanish, music, running, golf, baseball, science, and politics

Tutoring Subjects

Academic Coaching

AP Music Theory

Conversational Spanish

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Verbal



Music Theory




Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Study Skills

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