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Fiona
« Perfect! Maria was lovely and my son thought so too. He told me he was having... More »
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Fiona
« Perfect! Maria was lovely and my son thought so too. He told me he was having lots of fun but at the same time he was learning. The best approach for a 4 year old! Highly recommend. »
£30/h
1st lesson free!
Profile and degree verified
Response Time 19h
Lessons offered by Maria
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Spanish
  • Oral expression - Spanish
  • Oral comprehension - Spanish
  • Vocabulary - Spanish
  • Written expression - Spanish
Levels
  • All Levels

Dedicated, caring, and passionate Spanish teacher, deeply committed to applying fun strategies to optimize the learning process in students.

Methodology

I approach each topic by using fun strategies to engage the student in the learning process. As a teacher, I keep challenging myself to prove to the students that learning can be fun and exciting at the same time. I focus on helping the students to be co-constructors of their knowledge by giving them the strategies and experiences that help them to connect what they already know to the new information.

Background

I am a Venezuelan and American Citizen, currently living in London, UK. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Primary Education from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and received the title of Class Valedictorian (#1 out of 44 students).

During the past 6 years, I have taught in several educational contexts, including preschools, elementary schools, one international school, and one progressive school. I did an internship at Lingua Language Academy (USA) and developed ESOL learning activities for 15 foreign adult students. I also gave tutoring lessons to 4 students between the ages of 10 and 14. These unique experiences have given me a clearer perspective of who I am as a teacher, but also as a person.

Rates

Transportation Fee : £2
Rate for online lessons : £20/h
Lessons offered by Maria
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Spanish
  • Oral expression - Spanish
  • Oral comprehension - Spanish
  • Vocabulary - Spanish
  • Written expression - Spanish
Levels
  • All Levels

Maria's CV

EDUCATION

Universidad Católica Andrés Bello,
Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.
2013-2017, Caracas, VE
• Summa Cum Laude
• Class ranking: Valedictorian #1 out of 44. Academic Excellence Award ’16, ’17
• Thesis: “Using Children’s Storybooks to Deal with Bullying in Third Grade”
• Career program included 5 semester-long internships in a variety of schools


EXPERIENCE

KLA Elementary School - Kindergarten Teacher
2018- 2019, Miami, Fl. USA
-Applied the principles of "100 languages", collaborative learning, and classroom as a third teacher, by following the Reggio Emilia approach to progressive education.
-Supported the children to be co-constructors of their knowledge by asking open-ended questions and helping them develop hypotheses to their theories.


Caracas International School - Third Grade Teacher
2017- 2018, Caracas, VE
• Managed a stimulating classroom with 13 multicultural and ESL students
• Designed creative, themed lessons and delivered high-energy instruction in all third-grade subjects (Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies, all taught in English)
• Supervised a Teacher Assistant to bring a more personalized education to each kid


Lingua Language Center - English Teacher Assistant:
Apr-May 2017, Fort Lauderdale, USA
• Developed ESOL learning activities for 15 foreign adult students
• Created lesson plans, administered tests and enhanced the learning experience


Los Pitoquitos School - Preschool English Teacher
2012- 2013. Caracas, VE
• Prepared and implemented English lessons to five classes from Nursery to Kindergarten (80 Students)
• Evaluated each student’s progress and adjusted teaching strategies accordingly

TEC Bilingual Preschool English Summer Camp - English Counselor
July-Aug 2013, Caracas, VE
• Organized spontaneous and planned activities based on the interests of 7-year-old children
• Supported campers in their efforts to try new activities and solve conflicts



VOLUNTEERING / SOCIAL WORK

¨Heroes without Cape¨ - Coordinator
Jan 2016, Caracas, VE
• Organizer and moderator of a major event set as a part of a large-scale effort meant to increase the number of Education students in Venezuela
• Set up in a Stand-Up Comedy style headlined by three famous comedians and influencers; 300 people assisted to the event

FUNDANA
2015- 2016. Caracas, VE
• Child-Friendly Foundation for Protection and Care
• Applied manipulative learning games to encourage the full and integral development of abandoned young girls and boys between the ages of one month and one year and a half


Dugarbin Education Center
2010, Caracas, VE
• Private educational institute for children with special needs
• Worked with trained local staff to assist children who have cerebral palsy, down syndrome or physical disabilities with their day-to-day learning


COURSES AND SPECIALIZATIONS
Mindfulness Fundamentals Course. Mindful Schools. Jan-Feb 2018
• Applying mindfulness meditation for kids, as well as several techniques for managing intense emotions


Teach English Now, Foundational Principles. Arizona State University, Coursera. Nov-Jan 2017
• Motivating and engaging ESOL students in their learning process by using techniques such as improving teacher talk, scaffolding language, and cooperative learning


ADHD, Strategies for Elementary Students. The University of Buffalo, Coursera. Nov-Dec 2017
• Learned about the components of an evidence-based assessment approach for diagnosing ADHD and planning treatment

Supporting children with difficulties in reading and writing. University of London, UCL, Coursera.
Oct-Nov 2016
• Studied causes of dyslexia and best methods to approach the condition


LANGUAGES
• Native Spanish speaker
• Proficient in English

4 reviews on Maria
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
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Fiona

Perfect! Maria was lovely and my son thought so too. He told me he was having lots of fun but at the same time he was learning. The best approach for a 4 year old! Highly recommend.

Maria's response

J.J. is a smart child with lots of energy and curiosity about the world. He proved to adapt comfortably to the Spanish lesson and participated with enthusiasm. I look forward to seeing him soon!

3 recommendations

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Felicia

Amazing teacher!! With engaging tools and strategies and the patience of a saint! Highly recommended!

Edward

I met Maria during our university studies, where we collaborated on a couple of projects together. She was well known for being first in her class and I can personally vouch for her great skills in the classroom. She is very organized, engaging and creative (never a boring minute in her classes!).

I can definitely recommend her as an excellent Spanish tutor.

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Elizabeth

Maria Elisa is a wonderful teacher. She possesses a warm, caring, and responsive personality that meets each of her students’ needs. She has a delightful sense of humor and puts a lot of effort into her work.

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