Jackie Donaldson

Jackie D.

Chula Vista, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Currently, I tutor students from different countries, including Colombia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Korea, and Peru to help them in college and business. In Peru and Mexico, I taught ESL full-time to adults, college students, and high school students. The classes ranged from basic English where the students had little to no English experience to advanced business conversation among nearly fluent ESL speakers.

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Jackie teaches



Jackie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 15+ and males 30+

Teaching since:

Hi there! My name is Jackie, and I have nearly 20 years of experience in teaching. 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 students reach their goals.

The feedback I often receive from my students is that I made learning an enjoyable experience—they want 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.

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 working on self-publishing a Spanish conversation textbook for beginning students and am writing an intermediate-level Spanish conversation textbook. I've also written several academic articles published online. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy traveling, playing with my cat, and swimming.

02/2019 TakeLessons will be rolling out a new English language video series that I am in! I'll share the videos on this page as soon as they go live.

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Owner & Lead Instructor
May 2012 - Present
Amidon Studios

Develop three-level Spanish and English language curriculum. Teach adults and children in 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. Write and edit academic and professional papers. Write textbooks. Translate Spanish to English and English to Spanish; edit English translations from other languages. Train and supervise language teachers who work for me. Located in San Diego, CA with students in Peru, Mexico, the U.S., and Spain.

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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.

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Academic Coordinator and Lead 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.

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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


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited 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

Photos & Videos

Looking to improve your pronunciation and reduce your accent? Learn how to pronounce difficult consonant and vowel sounds.
TakeLessons asked me to give a breakdown of Basic English grammar, which I happily agreed to!
I share the six tricks you need to know to jump-start learning a new language.
Working on an English assignment with my student

With two of my English students in Peru

With my homeschool English students

Teaching my English business conversation students in Peru

Teaching a Spanish lesson online

With my student who had just passed my beginner Spanish program
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23 Reviews

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Jim G. Feb 19, 2018
Spanish · In studio

Jackie is an excellent teacher. I would recommend her to anyone who wishes to either learn Spanish or improve on the Spanish skills they already have

Paige Dec 15, 2017
Spanish · Online

Jean Charles Nov 21, 2017
English · Online

Jackie is a very very good teacher. No comment!

Jean Charles Nov 20, 2017
English · Online

Lulu Y. Sep 18, 2017
Writing · Online

Veronica Jul 12, 2017
Spanish · Online

Jackie is wonderful. She is well organized, lessons are fun and challenging, homework assignments are also fun and challenging. Jackie is also a great cheerleader and very encouraging. I would highly recommended her!

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

Jenny May 31, 2016
Spanish · Online

Jackie is so nice, quick to laugh, and patient. Great for learning a new language! :)

Jenny May 26, 2016
Spanish · Online

Great instructor! She is friendly and knowledgeable, and very patient. When I don't understand something she is quick to rephrase it in a simpler way. I'd recommend her to anyone!

Dae May 26, 2016
Accent Reduction · In studio

I found what I need. A teacher that already knows what's the common problem that guys like me has.
Jackie's teaching energy made me confident and feel that my English is going to improve without doubt

Jhon Jan 26, 2016
ACT English · In home

es una excelente profesora, con mucha paciencia y se aprende muy rápido con ella.

Renata Jan 25, 2016
ESL · In home

Jackie has being an excellent support in my academic studies.

Aaron Jan 25, 2016
World History · In studio

I needed a tutor to help me with the world history part of the CSET test. I new the subject,so i wasn't looking for some to teach me world history but help me study. Jackie exceeded my expectations because she did teach me a lot of new information. Also she was supportive and encouraging .

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Delia Jan 25, 2016
English · In home

Super friendly, very prompt with reviewing work if needed. I have received high grades in my English classes, when using her services.

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