“He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.”
~ Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
*Humanitarian, author, namesake of Dana Point, CA, and my 8th great-grandfather.
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I am an international educator with five years’ experience teaching abroad. I have taught primary, secondary, and adult levels, from instructing fourth and fifth grade English in public schools to helping busy professionals learn important Business English skills.
Currently, I mentor native, Spanish-speaking adults learning English with a focus on American-accented dialogue and pronunciation.
I received my certificate in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language from the International Teacher Training Organization in Guadalajara, México in 2012. A four-week intensive program with an emphasis is on continual assessment and feedback, the ITTO TEFL included live learning observations, techniques in classroom management, and lesson plan development.
In 2013, I taught English with ages 10 to adult at a language center in Tlaquepaque, México before relocating to Puerto Vallarta, where I taught secondary-level Informática at the British American School. As an instructor in the study of computer sciences, I developed lessons based on a curriculum that included graphic design, coding, word processing, and web development.
I moved to Barranquilla, Colombia in 2014 as a year-long volunteer with Harvard University-founded WorldTeach, a global program designed to meet the needs of world learners. As a volunteer, I taught 4th and 5th-grade English at Colegio Distrital Hogar Mariano, a faith-based school in the diverse community of Barrio Ceiba.
In 2015 , I relocated to Cartagena de Indias to work with Aspaen Gimnasio Cartagena de Indias. During my time at GCI, I taught English literature and creative writing at the secondary-level with grades 9 to 11. In my second year, I was appointed Area Director of Information Communications and Technology (ICT), leading grades 7 to 11 in academic studies for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations from the University of Cambridge.
Following a personal break to the United States, I returned to Colombia and worked with Bogotá Business English as a Communication Strategist and Teacher in Barranquilla. In this role, I helped business professionals within multinational corporations learn valuable skills to communicate more effectively with their clients.