Education is my passion. Over the years I have developed an exceptional skill set and expertise to help guide youth to learn anything!
It is also my great passion, skill, and expertise to help guide youth in learning the beautiful language of Spanish. I have years of teaching spanish to youth and feel extremly capable of being a Spanish Tutor. Based on my formal education and life exerperience as a Spanish Language educator and Environmental Studies/Ecology, Sustainable Agriculture educator I believe I am a perfect fit for helping students as a tutor.
I graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) with Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies, with a focus in Agroecology. During my time at UCSC I excelled in over 2 years of college level spanish courses. In the winter of 2007, I Studied Intermediate Level Spanish at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile through a partnership with The Education Abroad Program at UCSC. I have taken several upper-division classes in the Latina American Studies Department at UCSC, taught entirely in Spanish. I am fluent in reading, writting, and conversational Spanish at a University level.
As a part of my college thesis I participated in a Teaching Field Study internship working with The Community Agroecology Network, The University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Autonomous University of Yucatan, Mexico. Working in the community of Cepeda, Mexico I collaborated with teachers, community activists, and medicinal plant healers. I taught students of a local junior high school about traditional plant medicine (taught entirely in Spanish and Mayan.) The students and I planted a medicinal plant garden, based on medicinal plant knowledge I learned from the traditional Mayan plant medicine healers. I completed my Environmental Studies thesis titled; "Participatory Action Research in the Community of Cepeda, in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico for The Preservation and Regeneration of Traditional Mayan Plant Medicine."
Most recently, I was an Education Consultant at KRH Education Consulting, where I had the great pleasure of tutoring Spanish to High School youth. Prior to this position in regards to teaching Spanish, I worked with the nonprofit Viva Espanol, where I taught Spanish and led cultural activities; such as Spanish songs and games with 5th graders at Crocker Highlands Elementary in Oakland, CA.
In addition to my spanish teaching experiences as a volunteer I worked with GRUPEDSAC (The Group for the Promotion of Education and Sustainable Development) in the community of Ejutla, Oaxaca, Mexico. I taught (entirely in Spanish) visiting groups from all over Mexico the principles and concepts of Agroecology.
I have lived and farmed with a Kichwa family in Northern Ecuador. As a WWOOF Participate I did a work exchange with an organization that facilitated Mapuche cultural awareness programs with the indigenous Mapuche of Sothern Chile, and this work was entirely done in Spanish.
Teaching is my calling in life and I am very passionate about the Environment and the Spanish language! It is extremly rewarding for me to both teach and inspire youth about Spanish and our Natural World. I deeply thank you for reading this letter and I am very much loking forward to learning more about this wonderful oportunity to be a your Tutor.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Santa Cruz - Bachelor in Arts, Environmental Studies
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