I let students use their creativity. I usually use board games, word search, scramble sentences or fun activities to make students think logically and to reinforce vocabulary and grammar and according to age. I try not to speak English unless is 100% necessary. Students have the opportunity to practice oral and written activities.
I am a bilingual Journalist and Broadcaster with a background in education. I have taught elementary, middle, and high school students in private Catholic schools and undergraduate students in college.
Spanish is my mother language so I have no foreign accent.
Bilingual Journalist with several years of experience in social communications, writing, editing, and reporting stories for radio, TV and digital platforms. Additional experience in a non-profit organization staff role and education.
● Translation and interpretation.
● Proofreading and editing.
● Hispanic population experience in NYC.
● International experience (South America).
● Language skills: Fluent Spanish and English.
● Computer skills: Movavi Video Editor 14 Plus, Adobe Audition, Microsoft Office, Mailchimp.com, Wix.com and Wordpress.com.
Program Director | SBEF at Rosedale Achievement Center, the Bronx, NY 01/2018 – Present
Supervise, organize, and coordinate four educative programs to ensure efficient, orderly, and effective learning.
Created elementary and middle school curricula for the summer programs.
Translation and interpretation to Latin American population.
Content management and creative design of the Rosedale Achievement Center website.
Produce one or two monthly newsletters (or as needed) using MailChimp.com and/or Wix.com marketing tools.
Produce and edit videos and social media posts for marketing and fundraising campaigns.
Personal Blogger | Our Family Lifestyle, New York, NY 09/2016 – Present
Write stories and articles about family, marriage, and lifestyle in English and Spanish.
Design and management of the website: ourfamilylifestyle.net and personal blog: Maria Virginia Velazquez.
News Correspondent | El Pitazo, Mérida, Venezuela 03/2015 – 09/2016
Wrote at least five daily concise stories according to newsroom style, deadlines, and format standards of the website.
Investigated, video reported, and wrote about health crises, food shortages, and students protests.
Voiced news stories using audio and video software for mobile and digital formats.
Anchor and Producer, Morning Radio Show | La Romántica 88.7FM, Mérida, Venezuela 08/2014 – 09/2016
Anchored and produced “Un café por la mañana” radio show, weekday mornings from 6 to 8:30am.
Interviewed specialists about health topics, cultural activities and social and political issues and wrote, produced, voiced, and sold 10 monthly commercial announcements increasing the volume of sales of the radio station.
Designed and managed the show’s webpage.
Correspondent | Press and Society Institute, Caracas, Venezuela 07/2012 – 09/2016
Wrote and published reports about journalism, human rights, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press.
Guest speaker in several events promoting Ipys work, journalists’ rights, freedom of speech, others.
Member of the investigation team of journalists for the publications: La orden es el silencio and Periodísmo en arenas movedizas, both were investigations into the practice of journalism in Venezuela.
Press Secretary | Archdiocese of Merida, Merida, Venezuela 01/2012 – 12/2013
Wrote and produced the radio and TV vocational campaign “Dale sentido a tu vida, sé sacerdote”.
Created and managed the blog “Oficina de Prensa Arquidiocesis de Mérida (OPA)”.
Coordinated interviews, press conferences, and press workshops.
TV Host, Co-Producer and Reporter | Televisora Andina de Mérida T.A.M. Mérida, Venezuela 01/2011 – 03/2013
Hosted the show “Mérida es…” and conducted interviews.
Produced and reported on camera a 15-minute segment “Recorriendo nuestra tierra”.
Interviewed and executed live, breaking news and live interviews for “Noticias TAM”.
Wrote news scripts and voiced five daily news reports for “Noticias TAM”.
ADDITIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
Interpreter Coordinator | Viney Group, New York, NY June 25/2019
Managed site logistics, including set-up and breakdown and tracked and reported data.
Troubleshoot and escalated issues as needed to Viney Group and to the Department of Immigration Affairs of the New York City Mayor’s Office.
Interacted and communicated with Russian and Haitian Creole interpreters.
Social Communications (BA) | Universidad Católica Cecilio Acosta, Mérida, Venezuela 03/2012
Minor: Journalism and Social Development.
GPA: 4.0 - Position No. 3 among 537 graduates.
Honors: Cum Laude.
Touristic Administration (BA) | Instituto Universitario Antonio José de Sucre, Mérida, Venezuela 04/1994
Minor: Touristic Services.
JOB RELATED CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES
English for Journalism |University of Pennsylvania 02/2017
Broadcaster | Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela 08/2012
Producer | Ministerio de Comunicaciones, Caracas, Venezuela 05/2013
JOB RELATED GIVEN PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Do We Have the Right to Public Information? Perspectives on the adoption of the Law on Transparency, Disclosure and Public Information. Universidad de los Andes Mérida, Venezuela. 03/2016
Lying as a Political Tool. Universidad de los Andes Mérida, Venezuela. 05/2013
The Art of Public Speaking I, II, and III Mérida, Venezuela. 2013/2012/2010
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