Ellen Koehler

Ellen K.

Maplewood, NJ
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have a Master's Degree of Education, K-12 certification, and 8 years of experience teaching Spanish in schools and tutoring adults and children. The key to learning to communicate in a new language is to hear and use the language in context. I teach vocabulary using stories that create with my students, and we recycle that vocabulary in conversations, role plays and new stories we create together. By acquiring language naturally in this way, students are best able to learn and retain vocabulary and grammatical structures.
I tailor my lessons to my students' goals and interests. However, I have a general system and self-created curriculum that I successfully apply to most students. When I work with beginners, we focus on the 16 highest frequency verbs and most useful prepositions and expressions in the language, so that my students are able to express themselves on a variety of topics in just a few lessons. I incorporate authentic resources (resources from the Spanish-speaking world like menus and newscasts) as students are ready for them. With more advanced students, the focus vocabulary and structures typically come from our conversations and Spanish articles and video clips that I find to match my student's interests. I also use the book Breaking Out of Beginner Spanish to teach important next-level expressions. Contact me today for a free assessment of your needs and goals.

About Ellen K.

Hi! I'm Ellen, a wife, mother, and former classroom teacher. I taught in classrooms for 8 years before taking time away from my career to focus on my family. Now that own my children are school age, I'm excited to be back teaching and tutoring.

I earned my Masters in Education from the University of Arizona. I have K12 certifications Spanish and English Language Learning. At Ohio State University, I earned my Bachelors in Biology. I studied Spanish while living in Spain and Mexico, and I mastered my Spanish fluency while teaching English in Ecuador.
I've taught in public and private schools and helped students in large classes, small groups, and one-on-one. I have extensive experience working with students with learning differences. I love teaching language 1-on-1 because I can create lessons specific to a student's learning style and interests.

Please contact me today. We'll discuss your needs, schedule, and goals. I'd love to connect with you and discuss how I can create a personalized learning plan for you or your child.


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2 Reviews
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Ellen is a wonderful instructor with an intuitive sense of how to make progress speaking Spanish. She is also a lovely person and I recommend her highly.

Posted Mar 8, 2020
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I am having so much fun learning Spanish with Ellen! She is very encouraging and patient. I didn't know any Spanish before, just some French. I am surprised by how much we can actually talk about. I like that she gives me scripts of our conversations to read for homework along with recordings of herself reading them. I listen to these often between lessons and find that it is really helpful.

Posted Dec 22, 2019


Spanish Teacher
Oct 2018 - Present

Essex Regional Education Services

• Developed and taught an engaging after-school enrichment class for K- 3rd graders, exposing students to Spanish language and culture through songs, games and crafts • Led experiments and activities for K- 3rd grade students to inspire interest in science inquiry and teach basic chemistry concepts utilizing the Steamworks curriculum

Spanish Teacher
Aug 2011 - Jun 2012

R J Reynolds High School, WInston-Salem, NC

• Developed curriculum and organized lesson plans and instruction utilizing creative writing, authentic literature, conversational games and role-playing activities for 90-minute class periods • Developed, modified and adapted materials and activites to support students’ varying learning styles, backgrounds and special needs • Implemented various classroom management techniques for maintaining student attention, involvement and discipline in classes of up to 33 students • Communicated with students, parents, and school community through writing, in person and on the telephone to discuss interventions for academic progress

Spanish and ELL Teacher, Academic Coach
Jan 2005 - Jun 2011

Forsyth Country Day School, Winston-Salem, NC

• Designed and implemented curriculum to teach a variety of subjects to one-on-one and small group classes of students with a variety of learning differences • Demonstrated professional flexibility by teaching courses as needed by the school, such as seventh and ninth grade history and language arts, third grade math, and high school physics and biology • As an Academic Coach, mentored students in time management and study skills and assisted them in planning, setting and reaching goals throughout the academic year • Created lesson plans and activities and adapted resources to support each student’s learning style, special needs, interests and personal goals • Partnered with students, parents and other teachers to optimize student learning and in all classes


Jun 2001 - Aug 2002

University of Arizona

Sep 1995 - Jun 1999

The Ohio State University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Subject certification in Spanish
Oct 2019

New Jersey Board of Education

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