Catalina Ortiz
Encino, CA
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Catalina Ortiz

Catalina O.

Encino, CA
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As a non-native speaker of English, I struggled to learn the English Language on my own. It was very difficult; however, with hard work and persistence, I managed to learn the language and became proficient at it. Furthermore, my experience in language acquisition led me to tutor students from various non-English speaking countries with difficulties in pronunciation, reading and writing, while pursuing my BA and MA at Brooklyn College University. I rose from my position as Tutor to a Master Tutor/Professor's Assistant. One of the biggest rewards to me is to be able to give back by making other's journey into language acquisition as easy and effective as possible.

About Catalina O.

Loving what I do is what makes me an effective and popular Spanish Teacher/Tutor. As a Native Speaker of the target language, I had to learn English. Having had that experience, has helped me to relate to the difficulty involved in language acquisition and to become more compassionate with my students and their needs.
I have been teaching / tutoring successfully for over 15 years now. I have worked with students from elementary school - college level ( Undergrad/Grad). I have a Certificate in AP Spanish Literature, which is the highest level of High School Spanish. I have also worked with adults who wanted to increase their knowledge of the language and culture for both leisure and business reasons.
Keeping in mind the needs and goals of my students, each class is designed to cater to the individual's needs. !Buena Suerte con su aprendizaje del idioma!

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Payton M.
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My daughter absolutely loves Ms. Catilina. She is extremely nice, has patience , informative, enthusiastic (great energy) and all and all a well rounded individual. She works at the pace of your child or self, and is there every step of the way. There is a balance with teaching and incorporating a little fun. I couldn’t have picked a better Spanish teacher. I highly recommend.

Posted May 4, 2021
Crystal T.
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I was so happy with my lessons. When I mentioned anything I wanted to learn more on, We did it the very next scheduled lesson. I had been learning on my own but lacked the confidence speaking with people, besides my boyfriend. As the lessons went on, I was building that up and now I am confident and excited to be speaking more Spanish with everyone.

Posted Aug 20, 2020
Jennifer N.
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I’m really enjoying learning Spanish and feel I’ve already improved even after just 3 lessons! Catalina is encouraging and patient. She is intuitive and goes at my pace.
Jennifer

Posted Nov 9, 2017
Jason
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The teacher is very helpful. She uses all types of resources to help you gain knowledge of the Spanish language.

Posted Apr 26, 2016
Joy
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Ms. Catalina is an excellent teacher. I was worried about taking Spanish online, and she made me feel comfortable from the first day. She is very patient, and her tutoring helped me to gain more confidence in my ability to understand and speak Spanish.

Posted Dec 13, 2015
Chaka
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Ms. Catalina is an excellent Spanish teacher, she was very helpful in tutoring me in Spanish. because of her I am able to understand a great deal of Spanish.
I would recommend her to any one who want to learn Spanish.

Posted Dec 11, 2015
John

I strongly recommend Catalina as a knowledgeable tutor She worked with my son, who was struggling with his Spanish Class. After working one on one with her, he was able to build up his confidence and started to excel in the subject. Even with his short attention span, her engaging and fun lessons kept him interested in going above and beyond. We're currently looking into sending him abroad to further his knowledge of the language and culture. At this point she's helping with his conversational skills.

Posted Dec 9, 2015
Tahirah
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Awesome tutor! Got right down to business, she's very thorough and energetic. With Spanish being her native tongue you get a lot more out of each session.

Posted Dec 8, 2015
Andrea

Need a competent, articulate, experienced, and knowledgable tutor to make learning Spanish easy? I've got the perfect candidate to fill all your needs. Catalina Ortiz has made my learning the language so much easier. I'm sure you will agree after a few sessions with her.

Posted Dec 7, 2015

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Experience

Spanish Teacher
Sep 2005 - Jun 2007

Crossland High School

Teach Spanish to H.S. students in levels 1-3. Meet regularly with student for additional tutoring, feedback, etc. Keep records of students' progress; grade students' work; attend meetings; keep in close contact with parents; organize and plan relevant field trips with Spanish Classes. etc., etc., etc.

Master Tutor English/Spanish/ESL
Feb 2000 - May 2005

Brooklyn College University (The Learning Center)

Duties included: Working closely with students struggling with basic written communication; revise written essays; assist students with analysis of literary works; assist student in passing ACT Writing, Reading; ESL and accent Reduction (at Brooklyn College Starr Lab)

Education

MA Spanish Literature
Jan 2003 - May 2005

Brooklyn College University

BA in Spanish & Film Production
Jan 1998 - Dec 2002

Brooklyn College University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

AP Spanish Literature
Aug 2009

Goucher College University

Intensive Training of AP Spanish Literature in order to prepare students to pass the exam successfully. Earned 3 Graduate credits.
AP Spanish Language
Jul 2008

College of William & Mary

Intensive training to prepare students to pass the AP Spanish Language Exam.

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