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Lessons offered by Sam
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Spanish
  • Oral expression - Spanish
  • Vocabulary - Spanish
  • Oral comprehension - Spanish
  • Writing comprehension - Spanish
  • Writing expression - Spanish
Levels
  • All Levels

¡Señor Dice! Spanish Teacher with 7 years of experience teaching Kindergarten-12th grade. Let's hammer some grammar and appreciate what we conjugate!

Methodology

My teaching method involves a lot of humor, pop culture references, and music. Languages are constantly evolving, so teaching Spanish means you have to stay current on what cultural trends are taking place. Translations and examples of songs, news articles, social media posts and other authentic content are excellent ways to show students WHY knowing Spanish is important. Often they surprise themselves when they understand content of songs in languages that were unknown to them before.

I'm also a huge grammar nerd. Spanish is a much more logically structured language than English. The patterns and organization of the language are very rigid and can be compared to Math formulas, much more so than English. Figuring out grammar puzzles and doing error analysis of authentic materials is fun and I like when my students can find entertainment in learning another language.

Background

I am a Literacy Specialist now after having taught Elementary, Middle and High School Spanish for the last seven years. Before I taught I worked as an interpreter and bilingual paralegal for a pro-bono law firm representing Spanish-speaking clients. I have a passion for all languages and appreciate the intricacies of grammar and the structure of languages. English is my native language, so I learned this language initially in a classroom before living abroad in both Cuba and Mexico and traveling to many other Spanish-speaking countries. That means I know what students struggle with because I started my understanding of Spanish as a highschooler just like most of them!

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $40/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $35
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $30
Lessons offered by Sam
Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Spanish
  • Oral expression - Spanish
  • Vocabulary - Spanish
  • Oral comprehension - Spanish
  • Writing comprehension - Spanish
  • Writing expression - Spanish
Levels
  • All Levels

Sam's resume

Sam Duncan

Objective To develop resources that challenge students and enhance professional development.

Education College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, May 2009
Bachelor of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, May 2009
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, May 2009

Work Schoolwide, Inc., Huntington Station, NY July 2020-present
Literacy Program Consultant
• Collaborate with team of Curriculum Developers to develop materials that promote literacy in schools
• Speak with district officials, administrators, and teachers to identify needs in ELA instruction.

St. John’s High School, Johns Island, SC July 2017-July 2020
Director of Student Activities, Spanish Teacher, Girls Varsity Basketball, Softball Coach
• Plan student events including Homecoming Parade and prom. Coordinate field trips, organize community events. Build donor and stakeholder relationships to secure funding for activities.
• Teach Spanish I, II, and Honors III. Develop original, authentic material and assessments. Created Ambassador Program.
• Coach Girls Basketball and Softball teams to Regional Playoffs.

The Charleston Catholic School, Charleston, SC July 2013- June 2017
Spanish, Social Studies Teacher, Curriculum Development Liaison, and Boys Head Basketball Coach
• Taught Elementary Spanish to grades PreK-7th. Students attended class one to two times weekly to learn colors, numbers, alphabet, and basic conversation skills to prepare them for High School Spanish.
• Created High School Spanish I program for 8th grade students. Developed flipped lessons, and taught Spanish every day to 8th graders to develop proficiency for High School Spanish.
• Taught Social Studies to grades 6th -8th. Curriculum begins in 6th grade with Mesopotamia, ending with the Early Renaissance. 7th grade begins with the High Renaissance ending with modern day. 8th grade is South Carolina History from English Settlement to modern day.
• Selected to be the Social Studies Curriculum Development Liaison for the Low Country Region of the Charleston Diocese. Duties included training teachers on new curriculum implementation, compiling and analyzing data, attending workshops at Notre Dame.
• Head Coach 7th and 8th grade Boys Basketball team. Raised team’s winning percentage every year, while maintaining a standard of academic excellence in which all players maintained at least a “B” average.

South Carolina Legal Services Migrant Unit, Charleston, SC August 2010-March 2012
Paralegal and Outreach Coordinator
• Performed weekly outreach trips to farms all over South Carolina interviewing migrant, agricultural workers about their living and working conditions.
• Informed workers of their rights and recourse for legal action, and performed intake for new clients
• Translated legal documents and developed literature in English and Spanish for clients

Study Abroad Havana, Cuba, Fall 2005
Political Science, Spanish, Maybank Shipping Internship
• Attended courses through the University of Havana’s Institute of Philosophy
• Composed a research report for the College of Charleston School of Business on Cuban/American trade relations

Manzanillo, Mexico, Spring 2009
Spanish, Class Audit, API (Incorporated Port Agency) Internship
• Received a grant to represent the College of Charleston at the University of Colima
• Audited classes and compiled a report to establish an abroad studies partnership between the College of Charleston and the University of Colima
• Translated website and developed literature for the governmental port agency (API) and did research on international trade

Certifications Fluent in spoken and written Spanish, Microsoft Office, CPR certified, Virtus certified

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