Introduction: Growing up in a bilingual and multi-ethnic household in New York City has given me a bit of an edge in learning languages and has the jump-off point for both my passion for languages and my passion for learning about the cultures of others.
Being a Honduran and Panamanian Afro-Latino, I spoke both english and Spanish at a very young age. Bilingualism has been the gift that keeps on giving as it allows me to hear and distinguish different sounds that my be unique to specific languages. While some see this as something that can't be fixed, I use my background to help my students develop a tool belt for becoming more familiar with different sounds. Independence is important to me and I do my best to teach metacognitively so that my students will eventually be able to use the tools I teach them, independent of me, to teach themselves new vocabulary and maybe even new languages.
At Lawrence University I studied Psychology and Vocal performance and in my first year started my passion for the Italian language. Now I have been speaking Italian for 7 years and have visited Italy multiple times. I spent multiple summers teaching Italian to students from the ages of 7-18 at Concordia Language Villages which has helped my Italian go from textbook to colloquial and back.
I love teaching and do my best to provide the scaffolding and direction to help you reach your language goals without sacrificing the enjoyment that is lacking in most language teaching.