I have been tutoring and giving private lessons for 15 years and have been a classroom teacher for 10 years. I have extensive experience in curriculum design and I have worked with students as young as Pre-K and as old as college-aged. In addition, I have taught adult classes through The Community College of Baltimore County, and have worked with several adult individuals looking to learn a foreign language for both personal and business reasons. I have presented at the Maryland Foreign Language Association's Spring Conference with a session called: Creativity in the Classroom: Making the Foreign Language Classroom Fun. I have also presented at the annual ACTFL conference with a session on teaching "Por" and "Para."
I am all about making the classroom a place where students feel like they have a hand in their education. I encourage questions and problem solving. My students know that they are supposed to make take risks and make mistakes.
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I have a BA in Romance Languages from Dickinson College and an MS in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University. During my time at Georgetown, I focused much of my attention on applying current research to pedagogical practices. Working closely with the faculty, I examined educational programs, wrote curricula, and studied how students learn foreign languages. I have long felt that much of the research being done in Second Language Acquisition is staying too exclusively in the research community, and it is my desire to take my background as both a researcher and an educator to bring together these two spheres.
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