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About

Cynthia delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8 to 70 and special needs

Teaching since:
1980

Hello! I am Cynthia.

I am a high school "English" teacher, with more than 30 years experience teaching English.

When teaching English conversation, my specialty is grooming business professionals for advancement in their company, as well as preparing high school students for college.

I also love learning other languages and cultures and I speak five languages (English, Spanish, American Sign Language, Signed Exact English, Tagalog). I have also lived and taught around the world because I love learning about new places and people!

In addition to English grammar, I also teach English conversation that includes every-day English, as well as terminology associated with business, technology, finance, medical and sports.

I enjoy using discussion, role play, news articles and most importantly "tongue" exercises when teaching. Using tongue exercises helps students to speak English or Spanish more clearly, because we are not only focusing on pronunciation; but also, annunciation (speaking clearly).

My method for teaching is unique and my students make very fast progress. One of my students, who spoke absolutely no English when we began, was even able to present his research findings in English at his university after only studying with me for two months!

I am also an acting/drama coach. In the past I was a voice actor for commercial video and audio recordings. I am very skilled in teaching non-English speaking actors how to say their lines in a clear and believable manner.

My methods are a secret that only my former students know, so let me know if you'd like my help!

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Experience

Learning and Development Project Manager
Jan 1989 - Present
Blair Consulting & Management, Inc.

In addition to teaching English and Spanish as a second language privately, I've also hosted on site classes inside of corporations who have manufacturing plants in other countries.

I have also provided paid and volunteer consultant activities, which has included training and development, business process improvement and go-live help desk support for IT Enterprise system implementations and upgrades.

I've taught Customer Care initiative to more than 8000 corporate employees in the US, Canada and Mexico (bi-lingual skills) and managed, developed and instructed in-house management programs that included the topics of Diversity, 360° Feedback, Finance for Non-Financial Managers, Change Management, Stress Management Negotiation Skills, Time Management, and Business Process Quality Improvement.

Companies have also hired me to design New Hire Orientation programs for manufacturing organizations as well as needs assessments, analysis, curricula design, training development with applied adult learning theory.

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Education

Bachelor of Arts in Education, Minored in Neurolinguistics
Sep 2002 - Jan 2004
Saint Petersburg State University of Russia

Languages

American Sign Language
Professional Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency
Portuguese
Limited Proficiency
Signed Exact English (SEE)
Professional Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Tagalog (aka Filipino)
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

PMP, Project Management Professional
Feb 2011
Project Management Institute

TESOL, Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages
Sep 2002
Canadian Institute of English

Ability to use more than 25 methods for teaching English to speakers of other languages.

SLAM, Second Language Acquisition Methodology
Sep 2002
Canadian Institute of English

SLAM certified to teach Spanish, American Sign Language and Signed Exact English

Negotiation Skills
Jan 1998
Karass Institute

DRP, Disaster Recovery Planning
Jan 1986
IBM Technical Insitute

JCL Programming
Jan 1984
IBM Technical Institute

Awards

Platinum and Silver Awards
May 2006
Thomson Financial (aka Reuters)
Quality Suggestion Award
Jan 1992
Georgia-Pacific Corp
Formal Suggestion Awards
Jan 1987
IBM

Photos & Videos

An Introduction to Cynthia!

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Jinhwan Oct 17, 2017
ESL · Online

Cynthia is best English teacher I have ever met. She is very professional and has great skill to teach language easily. Also, as you can see from Cynthia's bio, she has lots of experience in various areas. I often sought her advice and she always gave great comments for my career as well. I believe she will be your best instructor, and your mentor as well.

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