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Lessons offered by Donald
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Spanish
Levels
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Advanced Technical Certificate
  • College
  • Adult Education
  • MBA
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

College-level Spanish professor with 11 years experience gives lessons to students of all ages in Oklahoma.

Methodology

I have a doctorate, master's degree, and bachelor's degree in Spanish language, literature, cultural studies.
I am an eclectic, hands-on, and friendly teacher capable of adapting to your individual needs and educational goals. I strive at all times to create a warm, inviting environment that encourages students to explore the Spanish language without fear of making mistakes.
Lessons can focus on Spanish language (vocabulary and grammar), conversation, culture and history, and literature.
Lessons can be in-person (in Oklahoma), or face-to-face via Skype.

Background

I have over 11 years of college-level teaching in New York, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin, and have taught hundreds of students at all levels of learning, ranging from middle school to undergraduate seniors.
Students regularly score better on exams than those without tutors, and some have been inspired to pursue advance Spanish studies or even to become Spanish teachers themselves.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $40/h
Lessons offered by Donald
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Spanish
Levels
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Advanced Technical Certificate
  • College
  • Adult Education
  • MBA
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Donald's resume

EDUCATION

University of Georgia, Ph.D. in Romance Languages 2008-2012
Emphasis: Peninsular Spanish Literature
Minor: Medieval Studies
Dissertation Title: “Speaking Through the Prophets: Aljamiado Legends as Spaces of Historical Negotiation”
Director: Noel Fallows

University of Georgia, M.A. in Spanish Literature 2005-2007
Magna Cum Laude

State University of New York at Potsdam, B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature 1999-2005
Magna Cum Laude

State University of New York at Potsdam, B.M. in Music Education 1999-2005
Magna Cum Laude
Certificate in Music Performance

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Clarke University, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Aug. 2013-May 2016
Teacher of record for three courses per semester of Spanish language, literature and culture at all levels with an emphasis on Peninsular Studies.

Teacher of record for freshmen Cornerstone (freshman writing and speech) course as part of the General Education core curriculum.

University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Lecturer of Spanish, Aug. 2011-May 2013
Teacher of record for two to three courses per semester of Spanish language and culture at the elementary and intermediate levels.

University of Southern Indiana, Adjunct Professor of Spanish, Aug. 2010-May 2011
Teacher of record for two to four courses per semester of Spanish grammar, literature, culture, and professional studies.

Ivy Tech Community College (IN), Adjunct Professor of Spanish, Aug. 2010-Dec.2010
Teacher of record for one section of elementary Spanish language and culture.

University of Georgia, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Aug. 2008-May 2010
Teacher of record for two courses per semester of Spanish language and culture at the elementary and intermediate levels.

University of Georgia, Instructor of Spanish, Aug. 2007-July 2008
Teacher of record for four courses per semester of Spanish language at the elementary and intermediate levels, and Introduction to Spanish Literature courses.

Barrow Elementary School (GA), Volunteer Spanish Instructor, Aug. 2007-Dec. 2007
Taught one section each of fourth- and fifth-grade Spanish classes twice weekly. Objectives included introducing elementary vocabulary and simple grammatical structures, and practicing basic conversation through interactive games and other activities.

University of Georgia, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Aug. 2005-May 2007
Teacher of Record for two courses per semester of Spanish language and culture at the elementary and intermediate levels.

Potsdam Institute for Applied Research, Translator/Interpreter, Jan. 2005-July 2005
Translated education-related surveys and pamphlets for the Potsdam Institute.

Administered telephone interviews and surveys in Spanish and English for the New York State Education Department.

State University of New York College at Potsdam, Teaching Assistant, Jan. 2004-May 2004
Instructed conversational Spanish classes as a supplement to formal Spanish grammar instruction at the elementary level.

COURSES TAUGHT
Clarke University
GNED 110 Cornerstone I three sections
GNED 111 Cornerstone II three sections
SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I four sections
SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II four sections
SPAN 103 Intermediate Spanish I one section
SPAN 222 Spanish for Professions: Health one section
SPAN 235 Civilization and Culture of Spain two sections
SPAN 250 Approaches to Hispanic Literature three sections
SPAN 364 Seminar in Peninsular Literature and Culture one section

University of Wisconsin-Platteville
SPAN 1840 Elementary Spanish I three sections
SPAN 1940 Elementary Spanish II one section
SPAN 2840 Intermediate Spanish I three sections
SPAN 2940 Intermediate Spanish II two sections

University of Southern Indiana
SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I two sections
SPAN 203 Spanish Review one section
SPAN 335 Spanish for Professionals (Honors) one section

Ivy Tech Community College
SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I one section

University of Georgia
SPAN 1001 Elementary Spanish I three sections
SPAN 1002 Elementary Spanish II three sections
SPAN 1110 Accelerated Elementary Spanish six sections
SPAN 2001 Intermediate Spanish I nine sections
SPAN 2002 Intermediate Spanish II two sections
SPAN 3030 Introduction to Spanish Literature two sections

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Professional Memberships
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
Ibero-Medieval Association of North America (IMANA)
Medieval Academy of America (MAA)
Mid-America Medieval Association (MAMA)
Modern Language Association (MLA)

Publications | Scholarly Projects
Book chapter “Islamic Angels in Romance (Con)texts: Aljamiado-Morisco almalakes” to be published by Brepols (Submitted for publication, May 2015).

An article examining the role of pilgrimage and the creation of sacred space in the Aljamiado “Alḥadīth de Ibrahīm.” This article is currently in the initial drafting stages.

An article examining linguistic and religious hybridity in an Aljamiado-Morisco narrative of the birth of Jesus. This article is currently in the initial drafting stages.

A bilingual (English and Aljamiado) compendium of Aljamiado-Morisco works representative of the variety of genres and topics contained in Morisco manuscripts. This volume will make available for the first time in English a representative collection of Aljamiado writings for use by Anglophone students and scholars, as well as Aljamiado specialists. Preparation is long-term and ongoing.

Courses and Workshops Attended
Don Quijote Spanish School, Granada, Spain, July 13-31, 2015
Attended a three-week intensive language course at the C2 (superior) level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This course consisted of a total of 81 hours of conversation, grammar study, and culture courses.

Conferences Attended | Papers and Presentations Delivered
51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 11-14, 2016
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo, Nov. 20-22, 2015
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

Reimagining the Role of World Languages in the 21st Century Academy, Oct. 23-24, 2015
Simpson College, Indianola, IA

50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 14-17, 2015
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

7th Annual Streamlines Conference, Nov. 15, 2014
Clarke University, Dubuque, IA
Presentation: “How to Get Your Academic Work Published”

49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 8-11, 2014
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Paper: “Losing My Religion: Questions Religious Representation in Aljamiado-Morisco Texts”

Mid-America Medieval Association 2014 Annual Conference, Feb. 22, 2014
University of Missouri – Columbia, MO
Paper: “Near Eastern Social Interactions in Morisco Aḥādīth and their Implications for Iberian Muslims”

6th Annual Streamlines Conference, Nov. 9, 2014
University of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
Paper: “Losing My Religion: Questioning Religious Representation in Aljamiado-Morisco Texts”

International Medieval Congress, July 12-15, 2010
University of Leeds, Leeds, England
Paper: “The Voice of the Wolf: The Judeo-Christian Heritage of the Poema de Yúçuf”

Conceptualizing Literary History: Foundations of Arabic Literature Colloquium Apr. 16-18, 2010
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Paper: “A Nostalgic Fusion: Arabic and Jewish Textual Convergence in the Poema de Yúçuf”

Moros, Moriscos, Marranos y Mestizos: Alterity, Hybridity, and Identity in Diaspora Feb. 25-27, 2010
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Paper: “‘Él me dirá la verdad’: The Poema de Yúçuf as a Work of Morisco Didactic Literature.”

HONORS AND AWARDS

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, University of Georgia, Jan. 2007

Teacher Recognition Award, University of Georgia, Dec. 2005

Excellence in Student Teaching Award, SUNY Potsdam, May 2004

LANGUAGES

English: Native fluency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Spanish: Near-native fluency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Reading comprehension in Arabic, French, Catalan, Italian, and Portuguese

















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