Isabela Dunklin

Isabela D.

Fort George G Meade, MD
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Isabela passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Isabela delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
1992

I'm an enthusiastic learner even after 19 years of formal education (two Masters, one Bachelor) earned on two continents continued by US military education in various forms, and formally tested student who needed to document skills that were not formally captured on paper (like the foreign languages I know).

I love interacting with people and pass on my knowledge from five visited continents, instill love for learning and continuous curiosity for any subject out there. Nothing is impossible when you set your mind to it. Failing once doesn't mean that you'll never win (proof in my athletic years and life ever since); determination, hard work, self-motivation and a good supporting system can bring to reality even the most insignificant dreams that we believe may not come true, and especially those in which we passionately trust.

I believe in breaking down a goal into objectives, assigning tasks to each one of them, and then sticking to achieve them.

I'm a Certified Instructor with the Department of Homeland Security. My hobbies include practicing foreign languages by speaking them, learning about cultures and slangs, etymology, watching foreign movies, traveling internationally, taking photos, reading (a lot), carefully planning with room for error and impulsive decisions (to take the boredom out of things), meeting with life long friends, drawing, painting, and spending time outdoors for inspiration.

I'm elated at the opportunity of brainstorming with you and giving you tools to be an independent learner.

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Experience

Supervisor Policy Analyst
Dec 2014 - Jan 2018
US Naval Forces Central Command, Fifth Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces

Develop, coordinate, communicate and assist in the implementation of Commander, US Naval Forces, Central Command's NAVCENT theater strategies to achieve the commander's long-range strategic vision in support of National Security and USCENTCOM guidance.

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Analyst
Aug 2010 - Dec 2014
US Navy Europe, US Navy Africa, Sixth Fleet

Assigned to the Assessments Department to support operations in Europe and Africa. Traveled to area of responsibility to conferences, various organizational events, military exercises including afloat on US Navy's ships.

Education

MBA International Business
Jan 2003 - Jan 2005
Florida Metropolitan University
European Master in Law
Sep 1995 - Jul 2000
Faculty of Law within the Academy of Police "Alexandru Ioan Cuza"

Languages

French
Professional Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
Italian
Professional Proficiency
Romanian
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Certificate of Completion Modern Hebrew
Jul 2015
eTeacher Group

Level 1/ 30 hours

Certified Linguist in Portuguese
Apr 2009
Defense Language Institute

Formal testing by the DLI in Monterrey, California

Certified Interpreter in Romanian
Nov 2006
Defense Language Institute

Formal testing by the DLI in Monterrey, California

Certified Interpreter in Spanish
Sep 2006
Defense Language Institute

Formal testing by the DLI in Monterrey, California

Certified Interpreter in Italian
Sep 2006
Defense Language Institute

Formal testing by the DLI in Monterrey, California

Certified Interpreter in French
Aug 2006
Defense Language Institute

Formal testing by the DLI in Monterrey, California

Awards

"Spirit of Excellence"
Sep 2012
United States Coast Guard (USCG) Training Center Yorktown, Virginia
Commissioned Officer
May 2009
United States Coast Guard (USCG)
Meritorious Team Commendation
Feb 2009
US Coast Guard Auxiliary
Meritorious Team Commendation
Aug 2008
US Coast Guard Auxiliary
Meritorious Team Commendation
Mar 2008
US Coast Guard
Letter of Commendation
Sep 2007
US Navy
Presidential Unit Citation
Apr 2006
US Coast Guard
National Defense Service Medal
Sep 2003
US Navy

Affiliations

US Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association
Apr 2005

To provide services to, and promote fellowship among, the Alumni of the Coast Guard Academy. We raise funds to provide "margins of excellence" support to the Corps of Cadets, the Academy, and the Coast Guard in order to preserve the traditions and enhance the reputation of the Coast Guard Academy.

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Photos & Videos

Self-introduction to my potential and future students
Snapshot with Dallas Cowboy van from Texas.

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The perks of the job in Middle East on French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle; she can carry 28–40 aircrafts.

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Poppy flowers, acrylic on canvas.

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Jogging in Paris, France.

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Strolling in London, UK.

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Life in Transylvania, Romania

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A snapshot of my handwriting exposed in a square photo within this platform

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Art time
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33 Reviews

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Benjamin Feb 17, 2019
Italian · Online

Love the use of videos. So much of communication is non-verbal, so it makes so much sense to watch the gestures of people while they are speaking Italian. Who knew that online learning could be so dynamic.

Benjamin Feb 10, 2019
Italian · Online

Today we began to learn the words to the song Lasciatemi Cantare in Italian. How fun! Love how Isabela mixes up the lessons to make them so interesting.

Benjamin Feb 3, 2019
Italian · Online

very helpful and easy to understand, but is always pushing you so that the most possible information is conveyed.

Margaret Jan 26, 2019
Italian · Online

Isabela is the best. Can’t wait for the next lesson!

Steve Jan 23, 2019
Italian · Online

Un'altra lezione fantastica con Isabella!! Another fantastic lesson with Isabella!! I can feel my cofidence with Italian grow with each lesson. In addition, her knowledge of Italy and Italian culture make our lessons fun and interesting.

Teresa Greer Jan 14, 2019
Italian · Online

Isabella was fantastic in every way!
E stato fantastico in Goni mood, Gratzi❤️

Stephen K. Jan 4, 2019
Italian · Online

Grazie mille, Isabella, for another great lesson. Her deep knowledge of Italian, patience, and teaching style is clearly helping me with pronunciation and common phrases, and is pushing my Italian skills to the next level.

Ben Dec 27, 2018
Watercolor Painting · Online

Isabela is wonderful inspiring young kid to explore their interests and creativities. We look forward to working with her and spend lots of fun time with our daughter.

Elizabeth Dec 20, 2018
Romanian · Online

Isabela is the best! She really cares & tailors the lessons exactly to you, your needs & your interests. She has helped me so much & I always look forward to the next time we meet!

STEPHEN Dec 20, 2018
Italian · Online

Thank you for another great lesson! I appreciate your patience as I build my confidence and skills

Jeanette Dec 15, 2018
Calligraphy · Online

A great teacher shows you great things we are getting to know each other

Stella Dec 10, 2018
French · Online

She is super friendly. She is always prepared for the lessons and have a proper plan in conducting the classes. She notices everything and corrects even the smallest mistakes and makes sure that the student understands the basics clearly.

Steve Dec 8, 2018
Italian · Online

Had my first lesson with Isabella. She's a great Italian teacher and I'm looking forward to my next lessons. She quickly assessed my skill level and tailored the lesson to my needs.

Kate Dec 3, 2018
Italian · Online

A very fun lesson today! We covered nationalities, telling time, days of the week and months. Also entering/exiting stores and restaurants. Good advice about emergency exits and always having the American Embassy phone number handy. I'm getting so excited about my upcoming trip to Italy!

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Jeanette D. Dec 2, 2018
Calligraphy · Online

What an interesting person love her

Elizabeth P. Dec 1, 2018
Romanian · Online

Isabela is the BEST!!!

Kate Nov 26, 2018
Italian · Online

Fun lesson! Isabela is informative and shares lots of historical and cultural information. I look forward to our lessons!

Elizabeth P. Nov 24, 2018
Romanian · Online

Linda T. Nov 19, 2018
English · Online

Excellent teacher, great mentor, exceeding the expectation.

Michael W. Nov 19, 2018
Romanian · Online

She is a fantastic teacher and will structure your program based on your needs and learning style. She makes learning a lot of fun so it doesnt seem like work. She knows 5 languages so i might have to learn more than just romanian.

Kate Nov 19, 2018
Italian · Online

Isabela is a delightful person, and I enjoy taking her Italian lessons! She is very patient and really makes sure you learn the correct pronunciation.

Stella V. Nov 18, 2018
French · Online

Very good and friendly. She understands the level of the student and delivers the lessons based on that

Elizabeth Nov 18, 2018
Romanian · Online

Isabela is wonderful! She jumped right in & really learned about my specific situation so she could best make the lessons helpful to my own progress.

Karla O. Nov 8, 2018
English · Online

Isabela is a great teacher with a dynamic class and she gives a lot of tools so you can achieve your goal.

Michael W. Nov 6, 2018
Romanian · Online

She is a fantasic teacher. Funny and engaging. Makes learning a lot easier.

Stella Nov 4, 2018
French · Online

She is very friendly and she takes effort to make aure that the pronunciation is accurate.

Vera Nov 4, 2018
French · Online

Linda T. Nov 4, 2018
English · Online

Elizabeth Nov 1, 2018
Italian · Online

Isabela was a wonderful instructor to have during the short time I was able to interact with her! She goes out of her way to reach out to you and develop a plan for you to learn. Additionally, she also teaches the culture and offers advice on how not to get swindled as you travel! I definitely recommend her!

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Kate Oct 23, 2018
Italian · Online

Isabela dives right in to the language, providing immediate conversational Italian. Rapid pace, so take notes and keep up!

Kate Oct 22, 2018
Italian · Online

I am enjoying this! Thanks!

Peyton Oct 15, 2018
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I love the work she does and how she understands how to teach without making it so I’m confused i understand her perfectly and love working with her

Elizabeth G. Sep 28, 2018
Painting · In home

Isabela is a great teacher who truly has a passion for art. She took the time to share helpful tips and stories of her own experiences with our group of twelve, and did so in a fun and energetic manner. She managed to keep us all engaged and was a delight to have in our office. I would highly recommend Isabela!

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