I completed my Master's degree in Spanish linguistics and second-language acquisition in 1996, and I have over 20 years experience teaching Spanish to students of all ages in the classroom and as a tutor.
The key to success in Spanish is the ability to see patterns, and I have a special knack for helping anyone learning Spanish get back on track quickly.
My unique approach is especially effective for students who have fallen behind.
As technology has exploded in the past two decades, my passion has been keeping up with the times, and I have actively been developing innovative learning materials such as interactive browser-based apps and videos; a few screenshots are included in this profile.
My son being a 1st year Spanish student was behind and overwhelmed after beginning the year as a remote student. Steve was able to help bring him up to speed with extra practices along with one-on-one tutoring. His approach is very organized and easy to understand. I'm also excited that he will be able to work with my son over the summer to keep him familiar with what he has learned in preparation for Spanish 2.
My son was starting 3rd-year Spanish, and apparently wasn't ready for the jump from Spanish 2 to Spanish 3. Steve recommended we take a few sessions to backtrack with pronunciation and spelling, and my son found it to be very helpful. He proclaimed that he learned more in a few sessions with Steve than he did during the entire 2nd semester of Spanish 2!
In the first one-hour session, we'll establish the level of the student and his or her strengths and weaknesses. Getting back on track and caught up involves some backtracking, so I'll make a plan that fills those gaps.
I have been teaching Spanish in classroom and private settings for over 20 years. Beyond my teaching certification, I have a Master's degree in Spanish linguistics with a focus on second-language acquisition.
Both of my parents were high-school teachers, so teaching is in my blood. After college, I completed a Master's degree in Spanish linguistics, during which I taught several college-level Spanish classes. At the same time, I worked on a separate teacher-certification program. I completed both in the same year, 1996, and started teaching Spanish at a high school.
I have worked with students of all ages and all interest levels.
Many students who struggle in Spanish are fully able to succeed, but have their natural interest and ability in language crushed in the classroom setting.
The key to success is identifying the gaps in understanding and filling them quickly: a sense of accomplishent is the best motivation!
This year, I started gardening. I have never taken a science class that has piqued my interest in biology quite like the process of putting a seed in the ground, caring for it, and watching it grow. During this process, I have switched roles from teacher to student, and on-line learning resources have been key in my success.
Your success in Spanish will start by backtracking and filling the gaps, not plowing through your current homework assignment.
Your tutor should not be explaining everything in the same way as your teacher and textbook.
Question for tutor: How will you assess my strengths and weaknesses, and how will you identify the gaps in my understanding that are holding me back?
Question for tutor: How will you help me become a better student in general?
Question for yourself: How committed am I to my own success? Am I willing to do the necessary work?