I currently work at a private college prep school in Dallas. I teach Spanish I, and Spanish IV. Before my current job I had worked for over nine years as a Spanish tutor. I have taught students from the Elementary level to College level as well as teachers themselves. I am able to teach Spanish at all levels, not only because it is my native language, but because I have studied it as well. I have always had a passion for languages, therefore, I decided to get a BA in language translation, majoring in Spanish, German, and English. I can also teach the basics of French. I worked as a translator for many years and began to teach as well. This led me to my completion of my master's degree in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. I love teaching and interacting with my students. The joy and accomplishment I feel when I see the progress of my students is what makes this so worthwhile.
Regarding my tutoring style, the first thing I do when I begin tutoring my students is finding what their needs are. I also inquire to what their interests are to make lessons more attractive and motivating. Being able to mold lessons to the student's learning style is very important to me, because everyone has their own unique way of learning. Thus, I can customize and prepare lessons in the most effective way possible. I also believe that establishing a relaxed relationship with a student is important so that he/she can feel comfortable, as well as confident, when learning the subject area. I teach students in a way that they understand how to use what he/she is learning in a practical and useful way in the real world.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Heidelberg, Germany - Bachelors, Spanish, English, German
Graduate Degree: Universidad de Leon, Spain - Masters, Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Lang
What is your teaching philosophy?
Regarding my tutoring style, the first thing I do when I begin tutoring my students is finding what their needs are. I also inquire to what their interests are to make lessons more attractive and motivating. Being able to mold lessons to the student.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session, I will try to establish a personal relationship by inquiring about the student's interests and needs, and trying to figure out their learning style.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
In order for a student to become independent, the instructor needs to give them the appropriate tools for their work and lead them through the process so that they can find their answers.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Acknowledging the good work of a student is key to help a student stay motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has a hard time learning a skill or concept, I would try to find other ways to explain it to him/her, ideally one that suits his/her learning style.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
First we will discuss the main idea of the text and see how much he/she understands. After that I would go into the details.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The best strategy for me has been to establish a relaxed atmosphere where the student feels encouraged to ask questions, and does not feel afraid of making mistakes.