TALK OF THE TOWN Languages + Cultural Services

Charlottesville, VA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

There are many qualities to my teaching that set me apart from others: my enthusiastic and engaging methods, my sense of humor, my ability to turn everything into a learning experience, my stories about my personal experiences throughout the world, and my custom teaching materials - games, songs, and mnemonic techniques. All of these come together to make for a truly enjoyable and memorable learning experience.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love meeting people, getting to know their stories, and helping them attain their dream of language proficiency.


Charlottesville, VA 22902

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10 Reviews
  • Nora B. Oct 28, 2013
    Kimber worked with my daughter who was bumped up a class in Spanish. She has been amazing to work with as a parent of a child receiving her services. My daughter talks about how effective Kimber is in helping her learn exactly what she needs to know for her Spanish class this year.
    Replied to Nora B. - Oct 28, 2013

    Muchas Gracias Nora por su recomendacion :-). Me encanta trabajar con su hija. Ella es lista y aprende muy bien.

  • Pauline H. Oct 7, 2013
    Kimber is very knowledgeable, instructs in an entertaining and enjoyable format, and is willing to be available to help her students beyond classroom time. I was able to learn a decent amount of Spanish in a short five-week period.
    Replied to Pauline H. - Oct 7, 2013

    Gracias Paulina. Quedo a su disposicion en cualquier momento para cualquier consulta.

  • Julie H. Oct 7, 2013
    Kimber is an outstanding teacher. She is wonderfully expressive and riveting to watch. She is incredibly patient,and very encouraging. I'm truly impressed with how much i've learned in such a short amount of time, and look forward to continuing. She is truly gifted.
    Replied to Julie H. - Oct 7, 2013

    Muchas Gracias Julia. Agradezco mucho su comentario.

  • Jackie S. Jul 24, 2013
    Such an enthusiastic teacher! We had fun at every class! I took a course with Kimber in preparation for travel to France and she sent me armed with everything thing I needed to get by and then some. I loved her anecdotes and her insight into French culture that I would have never gotten from a teach-yourself-French book. Highly recommend her!
    Replied to Jackie S. - Jul 24, 2013

    Mille fois merci Jackie!

  • Ginny Z. May 15, 2013
    Kimber is a very enthusiastic and proficient teacher. We covered a lot of ground in the Spanish lessons but I felt I was able to master the material with her help. She definitely helped me in my conversation skills.
  • Sandra B. Apr 24, 2013
    Kimber really gets us speaking and learning. She uses the textbook, but keeps another whole line of learning going that is spontaneous and fun and makes it all alive. Especially her songs for conjugating verbs and learning directions!
  • Halsey B. Apr 22, 2013
    I have now had three weeks with Kimber and have found her to be a terrific and very engaging instructor. I would happily recommend her to anyone looking to learn or brush up on their French.
  • Heather W. Aug 26, 2011
    Kimber Hawkey was my French Professor at PVCC. It was a beginning course. I had only spoken Spanish before and was worried about being able to differentiate from the two different languages. Whats amazing about Kimber is that she also speaks Spanish fluently, and French, and English. Once I saw how she did it with ease, it quickly soothed my anxiety. She is incredibly enthusiastic about teaching. I can feel the adrenaline she feels when one of her students is learning and comprehending her completely. She came into class everyday happy and ready to go with the lesson. What made her so interesting was every story she had to tell about every new topic. Her life experiences make you want to learn over and over again, more and more. She doesnt only teach you the language, she goes in depth with the culture. She has so much personal experience with the people, the food, the wine, the trends, the history and the geography of the French. It is quite breathtaking to watch her. She doesnt just stand at the balckboard. She makes you participate. There are songs, group activites, skits, and food. She really makes you feel as if you have been to Paris and back. I cannot stress enough that Kimber Hawkey is by far the best professor I have had the pleasure of learning from. Even know, she will always write me in French. Even though she is no longer a professor of mine, I still learn so much from her. I highly recommend Kimber Hawkey.
  • Norman D. Jul 2, 2011
    Senora Kimber was a terrific teacher! I always disliked Spanish classes in school but having it seem like a bunch of friends getting together and talking and working on learning new skills made learning Spanish much easier. She also suggested very valuable websites that made searching for words and verb conjugations simple. Highly recommend her as a teacher!
  • Henry M. Jun 24, 2011
    Kimber is not only an expert -- she's a force of nature. She will light up your day with her sense of fun, her laughter, her engagement in your learning.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am actively involved in professional development for online courses.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My services have different prices per hour vs. per course. The more hours and the longer the course gives a more beneficial price per hour. Additionally, pricing is more advantageous when a group purchases a class. For pricing, a student must tell me what type of course they want.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Teaching chose me, and I'm glad that it did!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently was hired by a student who was struggling and who had not had success with a former tutor. Since my arrival, my student has been receiving straight A's.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I think that language learners need to find someone who not only has competent linguistic skils but a teacher who truly feels and has lived the language. Additionally, while it is important that a teacher has knowledge, it is even more important for a teacher to be able to transmit that knowledge to the learner through active and meaningful interactions - conversations, activities, games, songs, cooking, and being about to recount cultural stories.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
We are passionate about our subject matter, and we genuinely strive to service the needs of our clients. We love what we do!