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I have been tutoring languages for over 13 years and have enjoyed the opportunity of helping people (ages 5 to 75!) nurture new skills and a love of communication! I studied French in high school and then learned Spanish through immersion at age 17 on an exchange program in southeastern Mexico. My first job teaching groups was as a university Spanish language laboratory facilitator 11 years ago, and I’ve never looked back! I spent my third academic year immersed in French in Strasbourg, France. After my degree, I spent 1.5 years at a non-profit organization in northern Peru, where (100% in Spanish) I taught and facilitated various sessions and workshops (homework help, English, drawing, painting, youth leadership), and helped launch a ‘rotating’ library to engage children and their families in joyful reading. Many of the posts on this blog are about how diverse Peruvians, and the incredible lands, waters and skies which they steward, inspired me to pursue education as a vocation. I believe in heart-centered education for people of all ages that centres equity, joy, creativity, cultures, reading, debate, fun and respect for all humans and all other beings (plants, animals, insects) with whom we share this beautiful planet.
I am a Canadian teacher, officially certified to teach Spanish, French and English as additional languages, and experience and with studies teaching social studies (history/geography) and other social science courses including global politics, international relations, economics, and environmental studies. I taught in BC schools until 2019 and have since been the Education Program Manager for a reputable environmental non-profit organization engaging in interdisciplinary educational programming for K-12, connected to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 Calls to Action. I also have knowledge and experience learning and communicating in three other languages and 20 years’ experience as a violinist.
- CELTA certification (for English as an additional language) (University of Cambridge course, through International House, Vancouver, 2012)
- Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, with minors in Spanish and French (Mount Allison University, 2013).
International Relations includes politics, history, geography, economics and cultural theory. My minors included language, culture and literature from Latin America and Europe. I spent my third academic year immersed in French in Strasbourg, France.
- Bachelor of Education (University of British Columbia, 2016)
BC certified K-12 teacher, with specialization in secondary French and Spanish and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP). I also enjoyed working with K-12 students for my community field experience at a rural school. I taught IB DP Spanish after becoming a certified IB MYP teacher.
I only take on a limited number of students to ensure quality, personalized instruction. Students must be willing to dedicate regular practice to their studies. I currently have 13 students in 7 cities (3 Canadian provinces, 6 countries over 4 continents). The variety of life experiences and learning goals that they bring to our lessons is interesting and makes each lesson unique.