Barbara Davis

Barbara S F D.

Placerville, CA

Lesson Details



Barbara delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 14+ and special needs

Teaching since:
April 1980

Students tell me exactly what they want to learn, and I go to work fulfilling that list. On the way, I add enhancements. We add current local and global conditions so you can express your points of view in your second language. I'll introduce you to a little music and art of the culture you're studying. It helps you acquire the language faster.

Your pronunciation, grammar and sentence structure will improve brilliantly when you speak or write your political, economic, social or environmental points of view. Lessons are more interesting when the topics are pertinent to real life!

I'm a former Spanish teacher with a degree in Literature from UCSC, Students say I give them a strong foundation and confidence to converse in Spanish. You'll be able to understand and respond, even to complex sentences and ideas.

As a journalist and creative writer, teaching English is pure enjoyment for me. I tutor students in reading, spelling, grammar, comprehension, homework assignments and creative writing. As a published author, I can really help you shine in English class.

It's fun for me (maybe not so much for you!) to help students prepare for Big Tests like ACT and SAT. I take them from time to time myself. Let me help you feel confident.

Spanish lessons focus on training the ear and then looking at the written word. The result is very good pronunciation (some native speakers think I'm Latina). I love the Spanish language. Let me help you love it too, so that you're effective as a student, on the job, traveling and socializing.

For fun, I took the College Board SAT on-line in May, 2015. I scored in the 98th percentile for Reading and the 95th for Writing. I scored 32 correct out of 33 on the Spanish Practice Test.

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Spanish Teacher
Apr 1980 - Jun 2009

I began as a Teaching Assistant to the head of the Spanish Language Department at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, CA. I taught Spanish through Santa Cruz Adult Education. As Director of the Literacy Program in Santa Cruz, I spoke Spanish daily to co-workers and students, and I taught volunteer tutors how to teach English to Spanish speakers.

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Spanish Literature
Sep 1973 - Jun 1975
U.C. S. C.


Professional Proficiency


Super Sponsor Certificate
May 2009
Human Race of Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
Mar 2008
Jack O'Connell, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Promising Practices
May 2006

Photos & Videos

We taught English to Spanish-speaking resort employees.
This is the result when a mono-lingual person tries to translate! Be my student and never be embarrassed like this writer.

A good way to look at it. Maybe we could go one step further and say "Never make fun of people."

Photo by Barbara S F D.

Photo by Barbara S F D.

Photo by Barbara S F D.


4 Reviews

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Ray Y. May 12, 2016
Spanish · In home

I have taken three lessons so far with Barbara and it has been immensely educational and enjoyable. Her wit, humor and knowledge of the Spanish language is evident because she makes learning fun and interesting. Simply outstanding.

Deborah G. Jan 28, 2016
Spanish · In home

Exactly the instructor I was looking for !

Angie Jan 13, 2016
Meditation · In home

I felt very comfortable with Barbara and I really felt like she knew what I needed. I will be staying with her for awhile

Miguel H. Aug 26, 2015
English · In studio

Barbara is a great teacher and a great human being! I have learned so much from her in the past month and a half of taking lessons and I can't wait to learn even more! Barbara is always looking for new material and different ways to help me reach my goals and I really appreciate how helpful she has been throughout our time together! Thank you Barbara.

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