1. How long have you been teaching with SLWED? I have been teaching since July 2012, and it will be 2 years this summer.
2. How many students do you currently teach? Hmâ€¦good question.:) I currently teach around 7 groups, plus private adult/kid lessons. Grand total of students is 70 per week. What percentage adult and what percentage children? It is currently about 60% adults and 40% kids.
3. How did you learn Spanish and what do you do to keep it up? I started learning Spanish when I was 6 years old because I was a missionary kid in Chile and Argentina. I practice speaking spanish with friends who are native speakers, listen to Spanish music, and read "People" magazine in Spanish. Sometimes I also watch movies or cheesy tv shows in Spanish :)
4. What is a fun fact about you that your students may be surprised to know? I have traveled to more countries than states and I've taken other language classes including modern Greek and Chinese. Currently my friend and I have a small local side business in photography, called "twelve16photography".
5. Where do you want to travel to next? ITALY! It has been my dream for a long time to learn Italian too.
6. How is teaching with SLWED different than a job in the classroom? I have been on both sides and I can say that teaching with SLWED is extremely personal and effective. I love the one-on-one teacher-student relationship and it is very rewarding as a teacher to see the progress that students make in a quick amount of time. My schedule is flexible and everyday is different. The classroom can be a challenge for teaching/learning because of such a large quantity of students, various learning styles, personalities, etc. With SLWED, I am able to cater to the specific needs of each individual student depending on their learning goalsâ€¦. Plus it's a lot of fun!
Tell us about your studentsâ€¦ Wow, where to even start?! I might be biased, but I have the most amazing students! It has been one of the coolest things to meet so many new people here in Nashville (and some in other states virtually) who share a common interest in learning languages, and as a result networking,connections and relationships have been formed in the process! Each and every student is so different and unique, and I could not ask for better students. :)