I have enjoyed working with kids since I was a teen. From a young age, in high school I began as an assistant choreographer and director for children's musical theater productions. I worked as a camp counselor the summers before I went to college, and loved the energy and enthusiasm kids would bring to every activity, every field trip and every group song or skit. Going to summer camp as a camper and then working at a summer camp as a counselor made me want to be a kid and feel that enthusiasm and joy forever. I feel that being part of educational environments with kids, is about as close as you can get to that.
I have a lot of experience working with kids. I have worked in early childhood educations as a classroom aid in the 3-5 year old classroom at two different pre- schools in North Carolina. (See resume)
Also, in senior year of HS as part of an internship for my AP Spanish course, I worked at an after school center in San Rafael, CA called Canal Community Alliance. I played the role of mentor and homework assistant/ tutor to children who were first generation Americans, from homes where English is not spoken. Most of these kids were native Spanish speakers who had learned English in school. I also worked as multi-subject tutor with several age groups, some in Lima, Peru. This was an all Spanish speaking immersive environment. I assistant children ages 7-10 with language arts homework, English as a second language coursework and elementary mathematics. Helping a child do math, in a language that isn't my native language, was certainly a challenge but it was also very fun and interesting!
I completed my undergraduate degree at Fordham University in New York, NY. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts form Fordham University Lincoln Center. I studied international/ intercultural Studies with a regional emphasis in Latin America. I am capable in several subjects but my specialty is Spanish. I am fluent and have studied it academically for 10 years. I have also lived and worked abroad in Argentina and Peru and traveled and spent time in several Latin American countries. I have also worked one on one with kids coaching them on acting, singing and dance. I have tutored in cultural anthropology 101, and introductory Physiology as well but again my strength is Spanish, and voice. I have been a singer in a band for 10 years, and grew up on stage. So I have a lot of knolegde, coaching and feedback I can share with any student who is studying vocal performance.
My favorite subject is Spanish for reasons that I have previously stated. I have loved the language from a very young age. I began to pick words up here and there as a kid, there were a lot of Spanish speakers in my neighborhood. Then I really enjoyed learning it in the classroom starting when I was in 7th grade. I traveled to Dominican Republic when I was 16 and that was the first immersive Spanish language experience I had and it was a blast. After that I was always looking for opportunities to practice and hone my language skills. I love connecting with people through music as well, and learning songs in Spanish was an exciting way to practice too. I can include this in lessons if the student demonstrates an interest in music.
I would describe my teaching philosophy as: Make it fun! I love Spanish and put passion and joy into my teaching. I approach tutoring in any subject by finding things the student can relate to and find things that resonate with them.
Outside of academia, I love to sing, get outdoors, cook, dance, garden and swim! And travel when possible. I can't wait to see what we can learn together!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Fordham University - Bachelor in Arts, Intercultural, Multicultural, and Diversity Studies
Singing Dancing (Salsa, Zumba, Hip Hop) Hiking Swimming Being Outdoors Gardening Cooking Spanish Language Piano
Elementary School English
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Middle School Writing