Jackie Donaldson

Jackie D.

Chula Vista, CA

About Jackie D.

Jackie teaches: Ages 12 and up
Teaching since: 2003
Last sign in: 2 days ago


Hi! My name is Jackie, and I have 15+ years of experience in teaching, tutoring, and training. Currently, I am enjoying managing two small businesses while teaching students part time.

All of my students, meaning a perfect 100%, have improved their grades by at least one letter grade, if not more, and passed every one of their tests and exams. I help ALL my clients reach their goals!

A couple years ago, I returned to San Diego after living in Peru for several years where I taught English as a second language. My students ranged from adult business people and academicians to primary and secondary school students. I really needed to utilize different teaching methods depending on each student’s needs. Some students wanted more business-related conversation, so I had to be able to teach business principles in marketing, communication, logistics, interviewing, and so much more. Critical thinking was an area that I pushed my business students to improve. Other students needed to work on the basics of grammar, reading, and writing, and we had a lot of fun in class, whether going through the interactive lesson or improvising by playing fun games to emphasize thinking on their feet in another language.

The feedback I often received from my Peruvian students, as well as my students in Mexico and the U.S., was that I made learning an enjoyable experience—they wanted to work harder to advance quickly in their classes. All of my students agree that I have a lot of patience and turn even the most challenging lessons into ones of positivity and encouragement. I provide critical feedback in the most constructive of ways that help the students reach conclusions on their own. I enjoy being there to support and guide their experience!

Before I left for Peru, I worked at St Vincent de Paul Village (part of Father Joe's Villages) in downtown San Diego. There I focused on Health Education. I built the Villages' first Health Education department and helped start its innovative Health & Wellness program. As part of these two programs, I taught homeless and low-income adults with and without learning disabilities, as well as children from preschoolers to high school students. Teaching such a wide variety of students how to improve their health while living in sometimes precarious situations without much income or stability pushed me to think creatively and come up with memorable ways to engage the students and help them apply what they had learned in their daily routine.

In high school, I took all AP and college prep classes. I went to a liberal arts college in Virginia where I focused on social studies and biology. I spent a few years training business people in Microsoft Office, Photoshop, InDesign, as well as presentation techniques. In grad school, I specialized in applied anthropology and public health. During that time, I tutored students in web design. In between, I've worked in Communications and Training in international health and development, so I have a lot of experience to bring to teaching.

Basically, I love teaching. I'm enthusiastic yet patient, and I absolutely adore helping kids and adults alike learn. It's such a sense of accomplishment when my students show off their terrific grades. I see the same look in my students’ eyes regardless of age—that pride that shines from within, that exuberant smile, like they can conquer anything. I want my students to keep that pride for a long, long time.

Right now, I'm writing two textbooks to be used in my Spanish classes. I've also written several academic articles published online. I love traveling, cats, and learning!

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Owner & Lead Instructor
May 2012 - Present
Amidon Studios

Develop three-level Spanish and English language curriculum. Teach adults and children Spanish and English as a second language. Tutor high school and college students in Humanities and Social Sciences. Tutor students in state and national exams. Train adult professionals in graphic design and desktop publishing. Edit academic and professional papers. Write textbooks. Recruit, hire, train, and supervise teachers. Market language programs. Perform bookkeeping. Located in San Diego, CA with students in Mexico, the U.S., and Peru.

Academic Writer
Mar 2013 - Nov 2016
Private company

Ghostwrite and edit academic papers in English Literature, Spanish, ESL, Education, U.S. History, Latin American History, World History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Sociology, Biology, Art, Literature, Theatre, Psychology, Music History, Social Work, and more.

Academic Coordinator and Teacher
Jun 2011 - Mar 2015
SUCCESS English Resources

Teach basic, intermediate, and advanced ESL, as well as business conversation and GMAT preparation, to adult students working for international corporations. Assess new students. Help market institute. Coordinate schedules with clients and teachers. Recruit, hire, train, and supervise teachers. Located in Lima, Peru.

Health Educator
Oct 2009 - Apr 2011
St. Vincent de Paul Village Family Health Center

Teach low-income and homeless adults and children health classes in topics such as diabetes, nutrition, exercise, stress management, chronic illness, smoking cessation, and more. Recruit and supervise volunteers. Located in San Diego, CA.

Health Educator
Sep 2006 - May 2008
Pregnancy Aid Center and Spanish Catholic Center

Teach adults and children health classes in topics such as diabetes, nutrition, exercise. Located in Washington, DC and College Park, MD.


Master of Applied Anthropology, Medical Anthropology/Community Health
Aug 2006 - May 2008
University of Maryland, College Park
BA, Anthropology/Sociology, History
Jan 1996 - May 1999
Mary Washington College

Languages Spoken

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


Duolingo Certified Educator
Aug 2016

Certificate for Intercultural Education and interdisciplinary perspectives on bilingual education for children living in Mexico
Oct 2015
Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico

17 Reviews on Jackie D.

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ANNA Jun 22, 2017
· English · In studio Wonderful experience!
Jackie it's really patient and I learned since the first class.
MARK May 16, 2017
· Spanish · Online Very friendly, patient and helpful. Traveled to many areas and has experiences and knowledge of cultures. Excellent teacher. I would highly recommend her.
Margie G. Apr 11, 2017
· Spanish · Online I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was very satisfied with what I learned in the first lesson.
Ria E. Mar 13, 2017
· Spanish · Online Very helpful, makes you feel comfortable even it was still the first meeting. A lot of things learned from the first meeting
Grace O. Dec 14, 2016
· Spanish · Online She was so happy to help. Very frustrating as I fell behind in Spanish over 2 quarters but Jackie is getting me back on track with compassion.
Dustin E. Sep 13, 2016
· Spanish · Online Jackie was great! I showed up late but we still were able to accomplish a lot and I look forward to working with her in the future.
Ellen Aug 8, 2016
· Spanish · Online Jackie has made learning Spanish enjoyable. I appreciate her patience and sense of humor! I highly recommend her as a teacher.
Renata W. Jul 31, 2016
· ESL · Online The best teacher ever!
Yaniris H. Jul 27, 2016
· ESL · Online Jackie is a nice person and a wonderful teacher. And enjoyed my first English lesson with her.
Renata Jul 14, 2016
· ESL · Online I'm very excited with my teacher! <3
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