Celeste Carandang

Celeste C.

Chicago, IL

Lesson Details



Celeste delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2004

I am a graduate student in Language and Literature at the University of Chicago. Still, I have a wealth of experience in the classroom and in after-school programs. I have been a tutor for over ten years and have taught a wide variety of subjects to an array of different students.


Aug 2004 - Present

-Teach lessons to students of all ages in a variety of subjects
-Create customized lesson plans
-Set academic goals with parents, teachers and students
-Facilitate communication between parents and teachers
-Create customized exercises and worksheets for extra practice

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Research Associate
Jul 2015 - Jul 2016
Art Institute of Chicago

Bilingual Site Based Program Coordinator
Mar 2014 - Sep 2014
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago

• Oversee four mentoring programs located around Metropolitan Chicago
• Plan and implement quality programming for both adult mentors and child mentees (ages 8-14)
• Coordinated an evidence-based and results-driven program that encouraged social-emotional health
• Work with parents, volunteers, children, and youth or corporate partners to coordinate and evaluate the program
• Compile end of year reports and budgets for each program
• Responsible for recruiting, interviewing and assessing adult volunteers and child mentees
• Incorporated the arts into program planning to encourage social-emotional growth
• Supported the mentors and mentees through monthly contacts and contact notes

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Program Coordinator
Jul 2013 - Mar 2014
Family Focus-Aurora

• Oversee after-school program at East Aurora High School (EAHS): responsible for curriculum development and lesson planning
• Implemented lessons that were in accordance to Common Core standards and the evidence collected for data entry
• Recruited 40-50 high school students
• Managed and recruited a staff of 3 and 1 intern
• Responsible for data entry for both PREP and Teen REACH grants
• Wrote reports, assessments, and budgets for both PREP and Teen REACH grants
• Organized an advisory board comprised of EAHS staff, faculty, parents and participants

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Foreign language teacher
Sep 2011 - Jul 2013
Mosaic Montessori Academy

• Teach weekly Spanish and Italian classes to pre-school students
• Create lesson plans based on skill and grade-level
• Communicate with parents to update them on their child's weekly progress through email and occasional parent/teacher conference

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Volunteer Coordinator
Sep 2009 - May 2011
Rockbridge County Schools

versaw evidence-based after-school programs at three underprivileged middle schools around Rockbridge County, VA
• Recruited new college-aged volunteers every year through word of mouth, email and printed publicity
• Managed 7-12 volunteers per school by contacting them every week with lesson plans, scheduling reminders, carpools and feedback from the volunteer coordinator, the students and the administration
• Evaluated each volunteer monthly.
• Acted as a liaison between the schools and the administration by reporting results back to the county every month
• Used data and evidence to develop the programs and curricula

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M.A. Candidate in Language and Literature
Jan 2015 - Present
University of Chicago
Advanced study in Romance Language Historical Linguistics
Sep 2011 - Dec 2014
Northwestern University
BA Medieval and Renaissance Studies/Art History; minor in Education
Aug 2007 - May 2011
Washington and Lee University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Sarah G. Ball Teaching Award
May 2011
Washington and Lee University
Dean's List
Oct 2007
Washington and Lee University
Honor Roll
Oct 2007
Washington and Lee University


Phi Beta Kappa
May 2011

The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

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Sigma Tau Delta
Jan 2009

Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society, was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. The Society strives to Confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies; Provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities; Foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing; Promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members; Exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and Serve society by fostering literacy.

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9 Reviews

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Ashley Jul 25, 2016
Spanish · Online

Celeste was awesome during our first session!! Can't wait for the next one, she was super helpful & I definitely recommend her!

Miles M. Jul 11, 2016
Basic Math · In home

Highly recommend Celeste. My son said that he had fun learning which he hasn't really said before. He is excited about his next lesson.

John B. Aug 25, 2015
French · In studio

Celeste is very easy to work with and we got a lot done. I really enjoyed having lessons with her.

Peg sandstrom Jul 28, 2015
Geometry · In home

Great tutor. Organized, proactive. Very patient and fun with my 15 yr old son. Best tutor we have ever had.

Heather M. Jul 19, 2015
Spanish · In studio

Celeste is very patient and willing to work on problem areas tailored to the student. I look forward to working with her and building skills I can use for a lifetime.

Courtney Avery Jul 17, 2015
Math · In studio

Very patient and excellent skills!

Saimak M. Jun 7, 2015
Spanish · In studio

I had lots of fun with her and she is pretty good Spanish teacher

John B. May 28, 2015
French · In studio

Very productive lesson! I'm looking forward to many more.

Sali K. May 12, 2015
Literature · In home

Celeste has been tutoring my son for 3 years. She is wonderful with kids. Her knowledge in all subjects exceeded my expectations! We started with one subject and now expanded to all subjects. Celeste is the perfect tutor!!!!!!

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