My teaching approach is mainly focused on the individual needs and abilities of my students, attuned to their skill level and catered to be of interest and use to them in their journey of language learning. In my opinion, if what you are learning does not spark joy, curiosity, or wonder, you probably will not be very proficient at learning it.
I am an American, native speaker of English, who has studied Spanish for over 20 years in academic and real world settings. I went to Boston University on a near-100% scholarship where I studied Spanish among other subjects, and studied abroad in Spain for a full academic year before returning to work in Madrid after graduation. Since then, I have become a certified Spanish teacher in Philadelphia, PA & returned to Spain numerous times for work opportunities teaching Spanish to high school students.
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Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Sociology, Spanish & Education
Boston University - Boston, Massachusetts (09/2003 - 05/2008)
- Earned Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.7; Summa Cum Laude
- Thesis: Immigrants & Racial and Linguistic Minorities in Urban Public Schools
- Spring 2008 Course on English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutoring
- Earned multiple academic-based scholarships to offset 90% of tuition expenses
Pennsylvania State Instructional II Teaching Certification, Spanish PK-12 / Mid-Level Mathematics 6-9
Chestnut Hill College - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (09/2010 - 12/2011)
- Simultaneously enrolled in coursework while working full time to earn 30.5 additional credits in education (2 credits earned from the University of the Arts through Vast, a Philadelphia Museum of Art professional development program)
- Career earned Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.96
- Successfully completed Praxis exams: PPST Reading ; PPST Writing ; PPST Mathematics ; Spanish Content Knowledge ; Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge ; Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment ; Middle Years Mathematics 
High School Administrative Coordinator / Climate Studies Instructor (07/2020 - 08/2020)
Putney Student Travel - Castleton, Vermont
Guided high school students through university-style seminars, engaging in collaborative study
and discussions with academics and professionals as an instructor of a course on climate change
with particular connections to farm to table and social justice themes; assisted in the direction of a
unique endeavor to provide students academic & social enrichment during a global pandemic.
Pre-College Program Director / Instructional Leader (06/2014 - 08/2019)
Putney Student Travel - Putney, Vermont
Guided high school students through in-country seminars in Madrid & Barcelona; scheduled
daily activities and excursions on Spanish language, culture, gastronomy, international business,
& marketing; budgeted expenses, promoted positive group dynamics to insure a safe experience.
Chief Estimator / Project Manager / Social Media Strategist (10/2016 - 06/2020)
American Overhead Door & Dock - Levittown, Pennsylvania
Created a systematic approach to the competitive bid process (response to invitations to bid and
requests for pricing; procurement of bidding opportunities, review of plans and specifications;
documentation for requests for information; calculation of in-house budgets, furnishing of
estimates in conjunction with multiple lines of product); compiled timely proposals for
competitive bid opportunities (public, private, governmental); fielded general inquiries from
stakeholders; created marketing tools including a web site via Wordpress.
Spanish, Mathematics & Gifted Teacher (K - 8th Grade) (09/2010 - 06/2016)
School District of Philadelphia - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Implemented a Foreign Language in Elementary Schools program as a founding teacher at two of three turnaround elementary schools (Promise Academies); differentiated instruction for students in nine grade levels, including autistic and emotional support; adapted curriculum, modified content, and varied groupings for students of multiple intelligences and learning styles; applied response to intervention protocols for exceptional students, including approximately 30 special needs students with Individualized Education Plans; incorporated technology through use of integrated language learning software, Rosetta Stone, interactive SMART boards, laptop carts and classroom computers
Cohort 10 Fellow (04/2010 - present)
Philadelphia Teaching Fellows - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Selected by an alternative certification program with an admissions rate of about 1 in 10 to to teach in a high-need subject area (K-12 Spanish) under an intern certificate.
Substitute Spanish Teacher (9th - 12th Grade) (11/2009 - 12/2009)
Council Rock High School – South - Holland, Pennsylvania
Instructed a total of five advanced Spanish courses; tutored both individuals and groups of students during after-school clinic hour
Program Assistant (09/2008 - 06/2009)
Boston University in Madrid - Madrid, Spain
Supported American students as an educational, professional & social resource; tutored students in written & oral Spanish; revised and corrected academic work; assisted in the organization of trips to various Spanish cities, acting as chaperone and guide
Lead English Teacher / Youth Overnight Camp Counselor (07/2007 - 08/2009)
Sprintem S.A. - Pineda de la Sierra (Burgos), Spain
Created original lesson plans and activities for students age 8 to 16; employed bilingualism in the supervision of groups of children in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities (i.e. chess, drama, arts & crafts, hiking, camping, rock climbing, kayaking, sailing and fishing)
English Teacher (Pre-K - 5th) [Internship] (09/2006 - 12/2006)
Colegio Príncipe de Asturias - Madrid, Spain
Engaged students in the teaching of English as a foreign language (EFL) with original lesson plans and activities and taught classes without assistance.
Lead Literacy Tutor (Pre-K - 5th Grade) [Work Study]
Samuel W. Mason Elementary School - Roxbury, Massachusetts (09/2004 - 06/2008)
Educated children in whole-group, small-group and one-on-one inclusion settings; compiled weekly summaries of on-site activities, managed schedules and payment procedures and otherwise supervised tutors regarding conduct/attendance policies
*2008 Boston University Outstanding Student Employee
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