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$18/h
1st lesson free!
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Response Time 3h
Lessons offered by Debra
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • ESL
  • Oral expression - English
  • Vocabulary - English
  • Writing comprehension - English
  • Listening comprehension - English
  • Writing expression - English
Levels
  • All Levels

Certified and Experienced English Language teacher working from New York City using creative methods and nurturing style to make learning easy and fun!

Methodology

Using all forms of art, predominantly visual and theatre-based I approach every lesson by understanding the student(s) goals and creating personalized lesson plans that each student an opportunity to experience the learning more organically and to be instrumental in the entire learning progress. Using techniques that are grounded in a kinesthetic/visual approach to learning every lesson is a handson, expressive and well-organized series where growth is easily discernible.

Background

I have a Masters degree in Education in the Arts from Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts as well as a TOFL certificate and both a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Theatre Arts. I have worked extensively in New York City and in England successfully teaching English to non-native speakers from 8 years old to adult and in both in private and group sessions. I have had the pleasure of developing several programs that focus on creative lesson-based activity and project-focused learning.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $18/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $15
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $15
Lessons offered by Debra
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
webcam
Taught subjects
  • ESL
  • Oral expression - English
  • Vocabulary - English
  • Writing comprehension - English
  • Listening comprehension - English
  • Writing expression - English
Levels
  • All Levels

Debra's resume

Through dedication, creativity and unwavering professionalism I enthusiastically work with individuals, schools and organizations as we successfully implement and maintain an exemplary level of academic, artistic corporate endeavors.

July 2017 – November 2018
Centre Manager – Chaucer College, Canterbury, UK
Working with dedicated staff, we create and implement original, artistic, English language, lesson-based activities that complement and enhance the student’s class work. Through our exciting ventures, we see our students advance greatly in their command of the English language, in their abilities to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to demonstrate superior teamwork, leadership and organizational skills. Working closely with group leaders and their international students ranging in age from 8 – adult our team (myself, senior management and twenty-four activity leaders) ensures that every person is appreciated, respected and their contributions valued. Each day also happily includes ongoing staff training, scheduling, problem resolution and teaching drama-based ESL lessons.

June 2017 – July 2017
Creative Writing Outreach Ambassador – University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
Worked with a team of creative writing and theatre students teaching year 8 on the Isle of Sheppey and in Sittingbourne with lessons in poetry, drama & fiction writing resulting in a bound book of their work presented in the last session.

November 2016 - June 2017
Assistant Lecturer Architecture Department - University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
In nurturing environment creatively, provide guidance to undergraduate architecture students with drama techniques greatly improving their verbal communication and presentation skills.

August 2013 – September 2016
Office Coordinator - Merchants Properties, NYC
Successfully implemented organizational procedures that increased productivity as well as fully digitized the office for better off-site work efficiency. Communicated daily with city, state and federal offices resolving real estate management issues, bringing them to a satisfactory conclusion. Facilitated client communication ensuring all their needs were. Organized maintenance /rent payments for over thirteen residential and commercial properties entering essential accounting details in Quickbooks and making bi-weekly bank deposits as well as regularly processing vendor payments, invoices and remittances.

June 2013 – August 2013
ESL teacher - Fordham University-International House, NYC
Researched, created and implemented all lessons in the 4-week United States cultural immersion program. Through creative exercises, content based lesson plans, intensive discussion groups and cultural excursions I immersed my 24 Vietnamese students (aged 9 – 19) visiting New York City from the American School of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City in the history of the United States and New York City. My comprehensive lessons focused on topics ranging from the history of Skyscrapers to U.S. Politics and the history and cultural attractions of Washington D.C.

Activity Director
Organized all facets of the daily activities (on and off campus) for over 200 international students with a focus on cultural awareness, language improvement, artistic expression. Daily outings included tours of major NYC cultural and historic attractions. Booked all meals off-campus coordinating with multiple restaurants daily to accommodate large groups. Managed staff schedules/travel needs for all outings including detailed maps and travel itineraries, first aid kits, snacks, etc.

September 2012 – June 2013
Freelance ESL Teacher
Creatively instructed students from Europe & Asia both privately and in groups to achieve English language proficiency.

July 2012 – August 2012
Executive Assistant, Rho Capital, NYC
Diligently organized monthly expense reports, meeting planning and international travel plans for Partner and Principle of the company keeping them in line with their hectic schedules. Communicated professionally with all clients and ensured great customer service. Formatted spreadsheets assisting the financial associates in producing much needed research on time and provided detailed online research to analysists and partners to assist in the procurement of new business leads.

July 2012 – August 2012
ESL Teacher, Concordia College, International House, NYC
See Fordham University, International House June 2013 – August 2013. Same program.

January 2009 – January 2011
Freelance administrative and customer care, NYC
Assisted various staffing agencies, not-for-profit organizations and private individuals in an administrative capacity including Columbia University successfully meeting their organizational goals. Enthusiastic customer care rep, Anthropology store, Rockefeller Center assisting clients purchasing gifts and personal items for themselves, home and office.

October 2006 – September 2008
Executive Assistant, Battalia Winston International, NYC
Diligently executed all duties for Partners and Vice Presidents including the impeccable organization of client and candidate contacts, spreadsheet creation and management including executive expense reports, client status reports and PowerPoint presentations for the individual client helping the company successfully cultivate new clients and cater to the needs of their existing ones. Researched online for the candidate developers accurately acquiring data on potential candidates, assembling target lists and ensuring their quick processing. Was a liaison between candidate and client coordinating interview schedules, travel arrangements and background/education verification ensuring they were a perfect fit for our clients. With the executive team organized yearly international partners’ meetings ensuring continued good will among partner companies.

October 2005 – February 2006
Production Assistant, Original Media, NYC
Coordinated and facilitated post-production producers of The Learning Channel’s television program “Miami Ink” for their second season episodes assisting producers in making the most captivating and expressive episodes. Extensively researched proprietary material within the archives and newly cultivated film footage and audio tapings for the purpose of creating continuity within specific episodes and ensuring successful story telling.

January 1996 - September 2005
Manager Hospitality Operations, The Manhattan Club, NYC
Collaborated with executive team to create and implement theatre/dinner/cultural events around NYC handling all aspects of planning each of the sixty-nine events and as hostess/guide on each, which lead to many successful timeshare sales and positive views by clients of their ownership. With the President, brainstormed and implemented ideas for marketing programs and the creation of marketing and sales materials including design and production for our properties in New York, Florida and Las Vegas. Managed creative team meetings and travel arrangements for the President, company executives and outside consultants including architects, interior designers and engineers that yielded successful model apartment designs and beautifully crafted suites for both the hospitality and residential division of the company including input on fabric and furniture selection. Work closely with all departments including housekeeping, engineering and the front office to resolve owner and guest issues to ensure the highest level of guest satisfaction.

January 1992 - December 1995
Executive Assistant, Treasury Department, ITT Sheraton Corporation, Boston Insurance certificate collection for the over 450 Sheraton hotels worldwide protecting against catastrophic losses. Created unique marketing materials for banker presentations opening up channels of funding. Assisted corporate legal department to create documents for seamless sales and purchases of hotels worldwide. Implemented and maintained an efficient filling system accessed by the eight treasury staff members with a focus on easy dissemination of important information.


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