Barbara Van der Veer

Barbara V.

Plano, TX

About Barbara V.

Background check: Last verified 05/11/2017
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Barbara teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: 2005
Last sign in: Yesterday


ESL & TOEFL - I taught English as a foreign language for nine years in Spain and prided myself on my dynamic, fun, and effective classes. I have extensive experience preparing students of all ages to take the TOEFL exam and other English certification exams. I have tons of great activities ready to go to improve your speaking, listening, vocabulary, grammar, writing, or whatever you need.
Reading & Phonics - I recently got my Texas teaching certificate to teach elementary and I'm currently pursuing my masters in bilingual education at SMU. As someone who struggled to learn to read as a child, I am passionate about helping kids overcome the hurdle of learning to read. My masters classes have prepared me well to assess and teach early literacy in using research-proven methods that the kids will find enjoyable.


Elementary Student Teacher
Sep 2016 - Dec 2016
Handley Elementary, Garland ISD

3rd grade

ESL Teacher
Oct 2007 - Dec 2015
Madrid, Spain

I taught general English, business English, medical English, and more to all ages and all levels.


Master's in Bilingual Education, ESL focus
Jan 2016 - Present
Southern Methodist University
Psychology and Spanish
Sep 2003 - May 2007
Middlebury College

Languages Spoken

Professional Proficiency


Texas Certification in elementary, ESL, and bilingual education
Dec 2016
Texas State Board for Educator Certification

4 Reviews on Barbara V.

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Katie May 19, 2017
· ESL · In studio As a former colleague of Barbara's, I am happy to say that In my teaching career, I have met very few educators like Barbara. She's one of those people who you can just TELL she loves what she does. She transmits enthusiasm and dedication in everything she does. Her classes are always well prepared, she is creative, and she knows how to keep things fun. Whether launching a book club for a group of students with a similar level or planning a medical mock emergency for nursing students, Barbara truly gets to know her students and what motivates them.
Manuela May 18, 2017
· ESL · In home Barbara is an excellent teacher. She is dynamic, organized and especially enthusiastic. She always encourages the students to learn, so her classes are never boring.
I learned a ton with her.
Definitely, I recommend her as a teacher. You won't regret it.
Borja May 18, 2017
· Reading · In home Barbara is the best teacher I've ever had. She is dynamic, she prepares her classes thoroughly and cares about her students' learning. Top instructor!
Luis May 7, 2017
· ESL · In studio Eight years ago Barbara was my English teacher for 3 months. Thanks to her, I got a job in an international company a few months after that. I am currently working in the US for the same company.
True story. If you want to improve your English, go for it and don't think it twice.
Barbara Van der Veer
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