Dorothy Potter Snyder

Dorothy P.

Hillsborough, NC

About Dorothy P.

Dorothy teaches: Ages 18 and up
Teaching since: March 1991
Last sign in: 2 days ago


Hello potential student! Let me introduce myself: I am a university-level Spanish and writing coach with 23 years of teaching experience. I earned a BA in Language and Literature at Yale University, and I have taught at Yeshiva University, Columbia University, and the New York College of Medicine. I am currently earning an MFA in creative writing at The University of the South.

I wrote my own book on beginning Spanish grammar for medical students at Einstein College of Medicine, and for many years I was a Spanish language curriculum developer and top teacher at Manhattan's Latin American Workshop language school. I have taught at a number of corporations, including General Motors, Brooklyn Legal Services, IBM and Trinity Investments.

But don't get the idea that I'm too high-falutin' to teach basic Spanish or help the struggling young writer! I enjoy introducing beginner students to my subjects, and I enliven my classes with music, poetry and art. I teach a lot of adults, but I also tutor high school students.
In additional to helping you with your Spanish or Writing skills, I also coach my students in how to practice on their own so that skills get sharper outside of class time as well.

Finally, I am sensitive to the fact that different people have different learning styles, so I adapt my approach for each student.

Have questions? Don't hesitate to write to me. I am also on the Take Lessons app, so if you're in a pickle we can connect that way, too.

Photos and Videos

A narrated Prezi about the often-confused verbs to be in Spanish: Ser, Estar and Haber.


Project Editor

Sep 2015 - May 2016
Berlitz International

Editor of Spanish Levels 1-4 for Berlitz

Administrator, Teacher

Jan 1994 - Jan 2001
The Latin American Workshop

Ran office and programs for non-profit Hispanic-American cultural Center in New York City.

Assistant Publicity Director

Sep 1985 - Jan 1990
Sports Illustrated Magazine

Writing publicity releases for international sports magazine



Jun 2014 - Present
Sewanee School of Letters


Sep 1978 - Jun 1982
Yale University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


National Tutoring Association

Jan 2014

The NTA was formed in 1992 for the purpose of establishing a membership organization for tutoring professionals. The NTA is dedicated exclusively to tutoring, and represents the interests of thousands of tutors in the U.S. and thirteen other countries, practicing in all phases of tutoring, program administration, and supplemental student services.

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Jan 2002

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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