Ashleigh Smith

Ashleigh S.

Alexandria, VA

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Language learning must be personalized! What are your interests; sports, art, politics, animals, the environment? I will find out what you like and tailor lessons with music, shows, articles, games and conversation that apply to YOUR interests. More intrinsic motivation will help you learn.
I have 6 years experience teaching Spanish levels 1- Honors IV at the high school level, am a trained medical interpreter and taught English for 1 year in Granada, Spain, in addition to living in Germany.
Additionally, I have a BA in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Maryland at College Park and have studied at the graduate level at American University.
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Ashleigh delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I'm a full-time Spanish teacher at a private high school in Washington, DC where I have taught levels 1-IV for the last 4 years. Prior to that, I lived in Germany as a military spouse where I taught yoga. Before Germany, I taught Spanish for two years at a private boarding school in Raleigh, North Carolina. My first teaching position, however, was in Granada, Spain where I taught English at a rural school near Granada, Spain having won a fellowship after university graduation.
Although my bachelors is in Spanish Language and Literature I am studying TESOL at American University where I have completed 12 credits in language assessment, second language acquisition and linguistics. My classes are engaging and personalized. For my athlete students, I find articles and clips about their sport that we build language around. I do the same for the interests of my other students, thereby making their connection to the language personal and intrinsic. In our tutoring sessions, there will be music, video and games! Because I am a teacher, I can help you liaise with your student's teacher in a way that will help us understand how to help your student.

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Spanish Instructor
Aug 2013 - Present
St John's College High School

Spanish Instructor levels 1-IV

Yoga Instructor
May 2015 - Dec 2016
Circle Yoga

Teen yoga classes

Adult level 2-3 classes

Yoga Instructor
Apr 2010 - Jul 2012
Stuttgart MWR

Adult group yoga classes
Pre-natal yoga classes
Deep relaxation classes

Spanish Instructor
Jul 2007 - Jun 2009
Saint Mary's School

Spanish Instructor of levels 1-IV

English Language Assistant
Sep 2006 - Jun 2007
CPR La Inmaculada Granada, Spain

Taught English classes to students in Spain


Feb 2015 - Present
American University
BA Spanish Language and Literature
Aug 2002 - May 2006
University of Maryland at College Park


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


RYT 200
May 2008
Yoga Alliance


Language and Culture Fellowship
Mar 2006
Ministerio de Educación de España
Sociedad Honoraria de Español
Mar 2005
Sigma Delta Phi


American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Aug 2014

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.

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An example of student work as we learn the subjunctive tense and review the future.


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