Learning at its best is the satisfaction of curiosity. I love the moment the light comes on and the student understands. I've worked with students as a tutor during college, as an English teacher in other countries, and in various classrooms. I have experience teaching English and Spanish to ages preschool through adult.
I graduated from Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR, with B.A. in English Literature and Spanish. After teaching in Ecuador and Korea, I received a teaching certificate in K-12 Spanish, 7-12 English, and 7-12 Bilingual Education from Saginaw Valley State University. I took a break from classroom teaching so that I could homeschool my own 3 children.
Right now I am working towards a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certification. I tutor Spanish, English, Literature, ESL, and more. No matter what the subject is, building a relationship with the student is the first step. Everyone learns differently. My job as a teacher is to discover how my student learns. The teacher-student relationship is the foundation for all further learning.
I love teaching Spanish because different personality aspects come out when a person enters a different language. English, literature, writing, and speaking are also great, because it involves the discussion of thoughts and ideas. When we read, it's like having a conversation with the great minds of the past and present. Writing and speaking allow us to enter that great conversation.
Outside of teaching and learning, you will find me reading, singing, cooking, hiking, dancing, practicing martial arts, meeting coaching clients, or enjoying conversations with my husband and children.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Pacific University - Bachelor in Arts, Spanish
Graduate Degree: Saginaw Valley State University - non degree, High School Teaching
Personal Coaching, healthy living, reading, small business, dance, martial arts, nature, travel
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Writing