When I was in college, I studied English with an emphasis on Linguistics and Writing. I graduated with my bachelor's degree in 2002 and went on to teach college, high school, and middle school students about grammar and essay writing. In 2014, I completed my TEFL certification from Bridge TEFL. I have also tutored English learners one-on-one and have spent many hours volunteering as a host for international students who are studying in America.
In addition to all of this, I have personally tackled the task of becoming conversational in Spanish (something I am still working to improve). I began learning Spanish just two years ago and used an online tutor. It was the best decision that I made for my language learning, so I am very passionate about offering my services to the Verbalplanet community.
I hope you will book a trial session so that we can talk about the best plan for your language learning!
B.A. in English with writing and linguistics focus - Purdue University 2002, 3.9 GPA
TEFL 120-hour certification with endorsements in Business and Grammar - Bridge TEFL 2014, A average
Over 5 years experience as a classroom teacher for academic and creative writing for students ranging from elementary to college.
2+ years experience as a one-on-one tutor for English language learners.
I take an individualized approach to teaching English, which includes conversation, grammar, and vocabulary. I use lots of online resources including articles, videos, and games. But I don't rely on technology to do my teaching for me. I patiently listen for gaps in a student's usage or understanding and tailor lessons on topics specially for that student. I find that variety in tools and situations is what really helps us grasp a new language and feel comfortable, so I use a variety of exercises and ways of explaining concepts. Most importantly, I customize lessons to what my student is interested in. This way, learning becomes a joy, rather than a chore.
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