EducationBA in Languages and Literature, Yale University (New Haven)
ExperienceI am a university-level Spanish and English teacher and writing coach with 21 years of teaching experience. I have a B.A. in Language and Literature from Yale University, and have taught Spanish at Yeshiva University, Columbia University and Princeton Adult School. among others.
About my Spanish coaching first: I wrote my own book on Beginning Spanish Grammar for medical students at Einstein College of Medicine, and for many years I was Spanish language curriculum developer at Manhattan's Latin American Workshop. My broad knowledge of Latin American culture has landed me consultant positions on projects for a number of large media companies. I like to enliven my Spanish and English classes with materials from some of these projects such as music, poetry and art. I specialize in teaching adult and college level students, and also have a strong background in AP Spanish test prep. I have taught at a number of corporations including General Motors, Brooklyn Legal Services, IBM and Trinity Investments. Besides AP Spanish, my specialty subjects include: Spanish for Travelers, Medical Spanish, Business Spanish, Legal Spanish, and Spanish for Social Workers.
About my Writing lessons: I was a professional writer in my former career as a publicist for Sports Illustrated, Time International and Interview magazines, so I am keen on punchy, effective prose! I love to help students conceptualize and shape their essays, articles, and books and help them develop the skills of effective writers.
I just love teaching! And I get good results with my students because I help to simplify and codify concepts so that they can make fast and permanent improvement. I am also sensitive to the fact that different people have different learning styles, so I adapt my approach for each student.
IMPORTANT: My cancellation policy is now 48 hours in advance otherwise the class will be charged to you. This is your warning, and I do not allow exceptions. I prefer to schedule weekly or bi-weekly meetings at a regular hour and for a minimum of four meetings. I will, however, accept drop-ins if I have time.
Please feel free to write me with your questions and goals. I hope to meet you soon!
HobbiesI am a guitarist, singer and songwriter. I toured in Europe with my band for three years, and spent my earliest years traveling the world as much as possible. I love to garden, read, blog and translate Spanish poetry.
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