Alicia Willis

Alicia W.

Pembroke Pines, FL

About Alicia W.

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Alicia teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: August 1997
Last sign in: Within two months

Overview

I'm a native Spanish speaker with a Masters Degree in Spanish. I have 19+ years of teaching experience working as an adjunct college professor, a Berlitz immersion instructor and private tutor for businesses and government professionals (Military, FBI, etc.).

I tailor my instruction to meet student learning objectives and I use a multi-sensory approach (PowerPoint, Video, Songs, etc.) that makes learning Spanish fun!

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Experience

Owner / Lead Instructor
Jun 2012 - Present
A+ Languages

Provide Spanish language instruction, translation and interpretation services within the Broward County area.

Spanish Teacher
Jun 2011 - May 2012
Donna Klein Jewish Academy

Full-time High School teacher and Spanish Honor Society Coordinator.

Adjunct Spanish Instructor
Aug 2010 - May 2011
Johnson & Wales University

Adjunct College Spanish Instructor at Johnson and Wales University.

Spanish Instructor
Oct 2003 - Jun 2009
Coastal Carolina Community College

Part-time Spanish Instructor at Coastal Carolina Community College. Taught beginner, intermediate and Advanced Spanish.

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Jan 2008 - May 2009
University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Spanish Language Instructor
Sep 2006 - Oct 2007
Berlitz/Milanguages/ USMC

Berlitz, contracted full-time Spanish immersion language instructor for the U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command, Foreign Military Training Unit.

Education

Masters in Spanish
Sep 2008 - Mar 2009
UNC-Wilmington
Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Hispanic Studies
Sep 2007 - Sep 2008
UNC-Wilmington, NC
B.S., Management/Human Resources
May 1996 - Jun 2003
Park University, VA – 2003

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

State of Florida Educator
Oct 2011
Florida State

Temporary Certificate Foreign Language – Spanish (Grades K-12)

Praxis–Spanish
Jan 2004
North Carolina.

Awards

Certificate of Recognition for Academic Achievement and Student Leadership
Nov 2008
University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Certificate of Recognition for Academic and Personal Excellence
Jan 2008
National Scholars Honor Society
Letter of Appreciation for Participating in USMC 2007 Cultural Heritage Day
Oct 2007
Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, NC.
Letter of Appreciation for Outstanding Spanish Language and Cultural Training
Mar 2007
U.S. Marine Corps Foreign Military Training Unit.
Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Linguistic Expertise
Jan 2007
U.S. Marine Corps.

Affiliations

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
May 2009

The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese promotes the study and teaching of the Spanish and Portuguese languages and their corresponding Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian, and other related literatures and cultures at all levels of education.

Sigma Delta Pi
May 2009

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of South Carolina, a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and partners with the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Estudio Internacional Sampere, the Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Estudios Norteamericanos Benjamin Franklin, the Universidad Veritas, the International Association of Hispanists and the North American Academy of the Spanish Language.

American Translators Association
Jan 2009

ATA is a professional association founded to advance the translation and interpreting professions and foster the professional development of individual translators and interpreters. Its 11,000 members in more than 90 countries include translators, interpreters, teachers, project managers, web and software developers, language company owners, hospitals, universities, and government agencies.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Jan 2009

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,000 language educators, students, and administrators.

3 Reviews on Alicia W.

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Andrea B. Oct 12, 2016
· Spanish · In studio
Great instructor!
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Rachel V. Jul 18, 2016
· Spanish · In home
Alicia's classes have truly exceeded my expectations. We work 1 on 1 in person but she is available to teach entirely online as well. I had a limited foundation in Spanish and am half Cuban so have a little more exposure to the language than the average beginner, but we started with the basics and worked up from there. She goes at my pace and takes time to answer all of my crazy questions! We use a textbook as a base for our classes but we also spend a lot of time chatting in Spanish about everything - current events, what we did that day, etc. - it is absolutely perfect because she helps me learn how to use Spanish in the real world with my friends and family while also teaching me proper reading and writing skills which I need professionally for my job as a CPA with many clients who speak Spanish. In addition to the classes being great, she gives me homework and tips on how to practice and continue exposing myself to the language outside the classroom so I don't forget anything. I look forward to continuing to work with her and HIGHLY recommend her.
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Kristen Sep 29, 2015
· Spanish · Online
Alicia has been a great instructor so far! She is patient and friendly and really adapts to which method of teaching works best for you!
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