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I am currently a faculty instructor at Everett Community College and accepting new adult English language learners that are 18 years old and above residing in the Everett, Bothell, Mukilteo, Lynnwood areas. I can also provide online lessons.
Most writing and English teachers are passionate about literature. My perspective is unique in that my expertise in communication comes from a linguistics and business background. I am a first-generation college student with more than 20 years of professional experience, 10 of those years in the banking and financial sector.
I am not only a writing and language tutor, but I am also an academic and professional coach. Language is such an integral part of identity, it's impossible to separate the two.
My business communication skills are superior compared to a language teacher that is accustomed to teaching from a textbook. In 2000, I began working as a bank teller and worked my way up the corporate ladder into advanced positions, such as mortgage account executive and investment advisor. I understand the American business culture very well because I experienced it firsthand.
I am also a competitive and persuasive writer; I am continuously applying for grants and scholarships on my own behalf. I enjoy applying these skills to help students reach their professional and academic goals.
I am a life-long learner. I just completed my fifth college degree in December 2018, and I will now take a break from accredited education in order to create my own courses and curriculum at a local college. I am not finished with univeristy, I'm planning to return after a few years in pursuit of a doctorate in educational linguistics (PhD).
I enjoy helping others with writing and communication skills because I am continuously sharpening and improving my own abilities. There is nothing more enjoyable than to share my best practices and to help others reach their ambitious goals.
Spring is a very attentive, dedicated professional.
Spring is a remarkable person. I hired her as a Business Broker and now I have hired her as my financial advisor. She is bright, honest and very creative. I highly recommend her.
In my time working with Spring at Bank of America, she was consistently a top producing personal banker. She provided her clients with the utmost professionalism, clear communication and effective delivery of financial products through need discovery.
I had the pleasure of working with Spring last summer as her direct manager for our Individual Homestay Program. Spring was eager to learn from the start, and quickly learned and invested herself in our program. She has a true passion for education and promoting cultural understanding. Her eagerness to learn, professionalism and work ethic is remarkable and a great asset to our program in Seattle.
Every student has their own unique learning needs and goals. Even highly motivated students may struggle due to feeling overwhelmed, confused, anxious, or insecure. Sometimes a learning disability creates additional cognitive barriers. Whatever the reason, I have also felt and endured such issues. Successful learning is possible for anyone who seeks it.
I prefer to speak with a potential student for 20 minutes by phone, video chat, or in-person before beginning a working relationship. It's essential to discuss the student's learning goals to determine if we are a fit. I have an enormous amount of academic and professional experince, which is best suited for ambitous advanced level students.
The typical process is completely customized to the student and his/her learning goals.
MATRICULATED UNIVERSITY DEGREES
---> Masters of Arts Degree in Applied Linguistics, University of Massachusetts Boston (2018)
---> Bachelors of Arts Degree in Linguistics, Western Washington University (2014)
---> Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communications, University of Washington Seattle (2003)
---> Associates in Arts Degree in Communications, Highline College (2001)
---> Associates in Applied Sciences Degree in Natural Resources, Green River College (2000)
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES FROM ACCREDITED UNIVERSITIES
---> Social Impact Strategy (290 Hours), University of Pennsylvania (2015)
---> TESOL Certificate (270 Hours), Western Washington University (2014)
---> Entrepreneurship Certificate (360 Hours), Central Washington University (2010)
PROFESSIONAL LICENSES & DESIGNATIONS OBTAINED THROUGH EXAMINATION
---> Certified Senior Advisor, Professional Designation (Active 2008-2011)
---> Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, Professional Designation (Active 2008-2011)
---> Life and Disability Insurance License, State License (Active 2008-2011)
---> Washington Real Estate License, State License (Active 2007-2009)
---> Series 66: Uniform Combined State Law, Regulatory License (Active 2006-2011)
---> Series 7: General Securities Representative, Regulatory License (Active 2006-2011)
Regarding face to face lessons: On a case by case basis, I will travel more than 5 miles to meet students for lessons; however, I will add a travel fee to the hourly rate.
I am based in Bothell, Washington and I work at Everett Community College.
Pricing is typically disclosed in an emailed quote AFTER the 20 minute FREE consultation. Sometimes, if the request is for a younger student, I will send a quote immediately. I have worked as an English teacher and private tutor at several language schools around the Puget Sound. My rate is comparable to Kaplan, ALPS Language School, and ELS. If you are looking for the lowest prices, I’m sorry it isn’t with me.
Hourly rates vary depending on selected services and pre-payment lesson package options.
I have almost 20 years of professional experience with qualifications amidst a wide range of subjects. My first job was at the age of 15 and I’ve been employed or contractually hired continuously throughout my life. Between the years 2000 and 2009, I worked in the financial sector as a banker, an investment advisor, and a business broker.
In 2009, during the financial market crisis and stock market crash, I decided to explore another career track. This journey began in Italy where I completed genealogy research following my mother's Italian lineage. I began teaching English while living in Southern Italy.
I discovered a passion for teaching and returned to university in 2012 to obtain my second Bachelor's degree in Linguistics with an accompanying TESOL Certificate.
I have been teaching and designing curriculum for English language learners for approximately 8 years. My preference is to teach advanced level students who are fluent enough to reach their goals, but continue to strive to achieve more.
My writing genre of expertise is technical and factual expositions. Though I have also been contractually hired to revise college applications and professional letters. These writings have merited countless job interviews and even a $30,000 academic scholarship.
My training and education have prepared me to specialize in teaching adult langauge learners; however, I have worked with nearly every type of student ranging from:
Beginning level English language learners: teen/adult
Moderate level English language learners: child/teen/adult
Advanced level English language learners: teen/adult
Native English speaking students: child/teen/adult
I was a private tutor for an Amazon employee originally from the Ukraine. We were working mostly on pronuciation and test preparation for the TOEFL exam, since he wanted to return to univeristy. His girlfriend was still in the Ukraine, so he hired me to edit her university application essay to the University of Washington. However, the essay required much more effort than editing. I conducted research about her discipline and contacted her prospective program to learn about the application process. After several meetings and drafts, we rewrote her application essay. She was not only accepted into her chosen program, but she was also awarded a $30,000 full tuition scholarship! This award reflects her own unique qualifications and not necessarily my help with the essay; however, I was very proud to be part of her story. These two former students are now married and living in Seattle. <3
If you are interested in working with me, it means that you have identified a specific goal and you are prepared to invest the time and effort to achieve it. I will hold you accountable and do everything in my power to help you succeed.
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