About this pro
I discovered a passion for foreign languages and cultures when I was in my twenties, which according to some, is too late to become fluent in a second language. Thanks to a lot of effort, more than a few frustrating and awkward moments, and some great teachers, I do not only became fluent in Spanish but also went on to earn a master's degree and publish a short story in my second language, and I beat out native speakers to obtain bilingual positions as a translator, consular officer and bilingual marketing manager. But after these job experiences, I realized that nothing brings me more joy than helping others overcome their fears and communicate more effectively in their second languages. I spent most of the last two decades teaching either English or Spanish as a second language, the latter for 12 years in the public school system and the former for seven years as an English teacher in Spain. During that time, I learned a lot about the English language from a non-native speaker's point of view. What a crazy language. No wonder why so many people can't spell! Whether you would like to improve your conversation skills before your next trip, your essay for your next assignment (I have published original work in both languages) or your chances for doing well on your next test (including the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam), I can probably help you. I enjoy creating personalized lessons and connecting with students. Since June 2014 I have been tutoring ESL and Spanish students privately and through several Houston area language centers. My students range from Italian, Japanese and South American engineers striving to improve their English while working on a project in Bay City to high school students in Houston taking Spanish at night for credit so that they can do other things during the day. I work with books, websites, flashcards, spontaneous conversations, pop songs... whatever the students need and however they like and prefer to learn.
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