My very first tutor was a 6-year-old Mexican girl who lived in the house behind me. She invited me over for dinner with her family one day, and afterwards I was determined to learn Spanish. I was only 5 at the time, but every day after school, my friend Joanna came over and taught me something new.
When people find out that I speak Spanish, they usually ask how I learned it so well. I could credit my study abroad experience, my college professors, my Spanish-speaking friends. They helped, of course. But all of that originated from a scene I still see vividly almost two decades later: Joanna and I sitting side by side on my back porch steps with her wide-ruled composition notebook filled with words like "comida," "escuela" and "zapatos."
Tutors are important because they shape the way students feel about education. An unpleasant experience with an educator could be the difference between a student pursuing a history degree or leaving it behind in grade school. But a wonderful experience holds just as much power. I haven't seen Joanna in years, but I remember how even as a child, she was excited to teach me something as complex as a foreign language and that made me even more excited to learn.
Throughout my journey, I've met educators official or otherwise who have influenced my perception of Spanish. The men who worked at the Correos post office in Spain, my Spanish host mother, a Venezuelan soccer player. None of them were teachers or tutors by profession, but they all helped me when I struggled to find a word or phrase, and they all encouraged me to "sigue adelante" (keep going). I'll never forget the way they made me feel, and my goal is to do the same for my students.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Bachelor in Arts, Journalism
AP English Literature: 4
AP Psychology: 4
Interests: news and media, pop culture, Spanish, dramedies Hobbies: traveling, reading, vlogging, dancing