"Señora Dave will forever be the one teacher I look back on that changed the trajectory of my life. I took her Spanish 2, 3 and 4 classes (advanced placement). As a student learning Spanish, I knew I enjoyed the language but struggled with tenses here and there. Señora Dave pushed each and every one of her students to succeed in my three years I was fortunate enough to be under her instruction. She was strict in the best ways- the way a mother is to her children. She cared about each and every one of her students as if they were one of her own. She saw the good in us, and through the support and attention she gave us, she watched us all thrive and succeed- even the kids who didn’t really care to be there in the first place.
Señora Dave is more than just my high school Spanish teacher- she is my mentor and a great friend. I remember distinctly leaving her class for the summer. Quite honestly, I was debating whether I would continue on to the advanced course, AP Spanish 4. She pulled me aside as I was leaving and told me that she was looking forward to having me in the AP class next year, and watching how my Spanish- and confidence with the language- would grow. I left that day with determination and excitement. I was fortunate enough to travel abroad to Spain that summer and opted to only speak Spanish, to practice for the upcoming year. I fell in love, with the language and culture, and for the first time in my life I had true passion for a subject matter. Yolanda is inspiring, and she is dedicated. Most importantly, however, she sees each one of her students for who they really are- and who they have the potential to become.
Señora Dave gave us “tense tests” that finally made sense, due to the repetitive structure and nature of the exam. She had us watch telenovelas, and listen to Spanish music. She is the reason my workout playlists are about 50% Spanish pop! But all silliness aside, she was the determining force in why I double majored in Psychology and Spanish in college. To this day, now with a masters degree and a career in law enforcement, we still meet for lunch, go to Spanish plays, and catch up and reminisce like the good friends we are. She still corrects my Spanish!! And I love it 😍
I 100% would recommend Yolanda Dave to anyone for tutoring. If you’re excited about learning Spanish, she will heighten that excitement. If you or your child just needs that extra help, her methods are unparalleled and a true recipe for success.
I am so fortunate to have Yolanda in my life, I cherish her as an inspiring teacher and now as a friend. She recognized my potential from an early age and never gave up- she watched and helped me grow into my own, as she did with all my peers- regardless their intentions on pursuing the language long term- and she will do the same for you.
Yolanda, if you are reading this, thank you from the bottom of my heart for making me who I am today. I love you and am so happy to have been your student in my early Spanish years."