- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- February 2009
Kelly is a licensed bilingual ESL teacher who is excited to work with students that are motivated to improve their language and academic skills by participating in interactive lessons and maintaining consistent schedules. With over 8 years of experience teaching children and adults around the world, Kelly's passion for education is evident throughout her lessons and interactions with students. Her teaching philosophy centers around the ideals of: student-centered learning environments, student-teacher partnerships, active engagement and authentic learning.
After teaching in the Chicago and Indianapolis school systems, Kelly decided to open a private bilingual education company where she works as a remotely-based tutor and bilingual education consultant (www.bilingualbridges.com). Kelly is bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English and holds a master's degree in Bilingual Bicultural Education from DePaul University. Additionally, she holds two bachelor's degrees from Oregon State University and a CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) from the University of Cambridge.
Kelly specializes in: bilingual education, authentic assessment, individualized curriculum design, language and literacy development, academic remediation and writing. She is an enthusiastic, engaging teacher who is eager to work with you to design the perfect course that will help you reach your goals!
Elementary Generalist, Spanish, English as a New Language (ENL), Historical Perspectives, Language Arts
Bilingual Education, Spanish, English as a Second Language (ESL), Social Studies, Language Arts
TESOL International Association’s mission is to advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.
She's excellent at teaching and has lots of great resources.
My seven year old boy just finished online summer reading instruction with Kelly. And wow...what a difference those 3 months made. This was our first experience with online tutoring and Kelly made it an extremely positive one. Aidan went from reading at a level D to a level H in just a few short months. Not only that, he is now reading independently and enthusiastically! No longer does reading seem a chore. I would highly recommend Kelly to anyone looking for reading instruction. She was wonderful and it was certainly money well spent.+ Read More
Kelly has been an absolute blast to work with. I have had 4 different tutors through take lessons and none of them compare. By meeting once a week, my Spanish speaking skills have increased tremendously. She designs classes around my desired goals and always provides extra study material to complete throughout the week. Kelly's positive attitude and love for teaching has been an enormous factor in my decision to continue working with her. Because of her background in education she has proven to be one of the best. I highly recommend Kelly for anyone who wishes to learn Spanish.+ Read More
Kelly is very professional, organized and communicative. She is able to create connections with students from the very first minutes of the lesson.
The quality of her lessons is outstanding. My daughter's English SAT score was boosted by 80 points after just a few lessons.
first lesson went well. i was a bit anxious and nervous about it, but she made me fell very calm and engaged.
Aidan's, my seven year old boy, first lesson with Kelly was excellent. Kelly was both patient and supportive in her approach. Aidan took to the lesson very well. Based on this initial lesson I'm thinking Aidan should be well on pace for his second grade reading and comprehension levels. We look forward to our follow-ups over the summer.+ Read More
For first lesson Kelly was really organized and asked a lot of great questions so she can tailor my learning experience. Looking forward to more.
Always a joy to learn from Kelly!
Although it was our first class, the connection was immediate. Kelly is very open, well rounded, friendly, passionate and much more. I am not only excited about improving however i am thrilled to know I have an instructor who really cares! Looking forward to much more!+ Read More
Kelly is a thoughtful, kind and patient teacher. Her encouragement has made me more confident in re-learning Spanish and becoming conversational/fluent in this ever-present language.
Today was my first lesson with Kelly. I liked her way of teaching. I will highly recommend her to anyone looking for Spanish lessons.
Best teacher I ever met. Enjoy her class!
Kelly is very caring, patient and professional. Besides helping me with my oral English, she also gives good advice on some of my problems in life.
Kelly was well prepared, tailored the lesson to my needs and gave me great resources to use. We worked collaboratively on my goals and I felt comfortable learning something new.
She was amazing, I understood what was going on and I'm ready to show my teacher what I'm actually capable of when taught the right way!
great teacher, great class!
enjoyed the class.
Has great ideas to help with Organization and Study Skills.
Kelly is a great professional.
Kelly is a great teacher. She is helpful, patient, encouraging and flexible. My son likes the way she teaches and feel comfortable. She also put extra efforts to provide him homework to improve his English. I see the improvement on my son's score and self-confident. I would definitely recommend her.+ Read More
My son is her student and so am I - Learnt something new in each of my class with her. My son has shown improvement in the last three plus months of classes. Am glad she always make up for any missed classes and continue from where she left. She is very flexible and adjust so well with any kind and capacity of student she is dealing with. Two Thumbs Up for her!!!+ Read More
Kelly is an experienced and patient English teacher. My daughter loves her classes so much and thinks Kelly is the best English teacher ever taught her .Thanks Kelly.
I have taken lessons from Kelly for about a year and a half. I am constantly surprised at the quality of lessons and the detail in homework she provides me. She keeps me motivated when life gets busy and it is hard to find the time. Even though it is my goal to learn Spanish, I feel it is equally her goal to help me succeed. I have tried several methods and having instruction from Kelly ties everything together.
I HIGHLY recommend her if you are interested in learning any area she instructs. You won't be disappointed.
Kelly works with two of our daughters. Josie, who is in kindergarten, has just about completed the Lexia kindergarten curriculum. Josie's teacher is really pleased with her performance in school so far. Elizabeth is in 4th grade and Kelly works with her on Moby mathematics. Elizabeth made the honor role this year with all A's and B's. We could not be more pleased with our children's performance in school. This can be attributed to working with Kelly over the summer and on weekends. Kelly has many user friendly fun resources on-line that allow the children interact with Kelly one on one. I definitely would like to recommend Kelly for tutoring. She is absolutely fantastic!+ Read More
Kelly is great. She allows me to choose what I want to learn and has a wealth of resources at her fingertips that allow her to adapt to my whims. I've been learning a lot, and am well on my way to being a fluent speaker! I would highly recommend Kelly.+ Read More
Kelly is a great communicator and is able to teach in simple ways. I definitely recommend her.
I like her a lot, she is amazing teacher because I feel the online class like it was in person. I am going to have more classes with her, she is good teacher.
Kelly teaches both our children reading and writing. I can't stress to you enough how much we value her skills as a teacher and a person. My daughter who has ADHD went from F's to A's in a six month period. Amazing, I know. She is patient and engaging and worth her weight in gold!!+ Read More
Kelly is nice and friendly which makes you feel comfortable right from the start - an important factor for an English speaking lesson. She has several years teaching English abroad so she could easily identify the key areas of improvements for non native speakers. So if you are ESL learners and you want to improve your speaking skills or accent, you should definitely contact Kelly.+ Read More
Kelly has been a blessing for us! My daughter is in 3rd grade and her math grades have improved by leaps and bounds. My daughter has more self confidence and actually likes learning about math. Thanks Kelly!
She is a great teacher. Thank you Kelly!
she 's great
Kelly is a great instructor with a passion for teaching. She brings a positive energy and vibe to the virtual classroom and immediately puts you at ease. She is very friendly, professional, personable, well prepared and has solid mastery on the material. She utilized various media--words in print, video, audio, and conversation, etc., which made the lesson fun and participatory. My daughter loved the class! I highly recommend Kelly!+ Read More
Follow-up review after 6 months with Kelly as teacher.
I am currently preparing for my DELE C1 exam in April/May 2016 and Kelly has truly helped me expand my vocabulary as well as help me be more disciplined in consistently using the correct conjugations. At the end of the class we review the mistakes, she has a list of new vocabulary and she addresses all the questions I have gathered throughout the week. In addition, she is great fun to work with!
Kelly is one of the hardest working teachers I have ever known. Her compassion for students and her attention to the details of teaching are impressive. She also has a great sense of humor, which makes learning new material a lot easier.
Kelly takes the time and makes the extra steps!!! She listened to my needs and helped me work on my Spanish for the workplace. I highly recommend her.
Kelly is patient, kind and tough at the same time! She challenges you to reach your goals and keeps you honest along the way. I am looking forward to recommendation her to business partners of mine who can benefit from a conversational usage of the Spanish language.+ Read More
I can't say enough good things about Kelly as a teacher and person. Kelly has a true and real passion for teaching and helping others. I've known Kelly for many years and she's probably one of the main reasons I graduated college :P Best free tutor a college kid could ask for. She really is wonderful with children and has a way of getting through to them, where many others can't. Fantastic educator!+ Read More
Ms Minks has impressed me with her professional skills in helping McKaila with her Spanish class. Kaila is a high school freshman studying Spanish. Ms Minks has been assisting her with on-site tutoring with her language acquisition as her weekly tutor. The homework assignments have been concise and productive and seem to be positive for Kaila as she completes the work regularly and is experiencing improvement with her language success. Ms Minks seems to be able to "capture" the teenager's attention and desire to succeed in a very positive manner. Kaila speaks highly of her. The tutoring is not on line through a company but Ms Minks needs attention and credit for her good work with my niece. I certainly recommend her!+ Read More
Ms. Minks assisted me with my proficiency in Spanish so that I am more successful with my volunteer works in Latin America. She provided the lesson materials that I needed on line with good resources. During our lessons, she assisted me with conjugations of the verbs and choices of the feminine and masculine word forms. She was SO VERY SUPPORTIVE of my efforts and always there, even when I texted her between lessons with questions. I Highly Recommend her as your tutor. J Marie Farr+ Read More
Kelly is a world traveler whom has taught students in several countries. She is an excellent teacher. Qualities that set her above the rest are her beautiful personality. When you take a class from Kelly, you feel like you are her only student. She invests time in you and takes great care to develop lessons so that you learn and progress forward. When she is not with you, she is thinking about your lessons and how to best help you achieve your personal goals. Kelly Rocks!!!!+ Read More
Extremely accomodating a needs oriented!
Extremely accomodating a needs oriented!
I needed some help with my accent so I chose Kelly mainly due to her teaching experience abroad. I took her classes this year and and her foreign experience shows throughout her lessons. If English is not your native language, I definitely recommend taking her classes. It didn't take us too long either. For me it took couple months (once a week lesson) to gain confidence and skills to speak like a naive speaker, but it might take longer depending on what level your English is. The only issue was that her timezone was in central and mine was in PST so scheduling was a bit chaotic, but she leaves her weekends open for her students so it shouldn't be too much of an issue.+ Read More
Kelly is attentive, an amazing supporter, and challenges you to the lengths necessary. I would recommend her without hesitation. Like the review says: BEST.INSTRUCTOR.EVER.
Very well-organized. Speaks to her audience, neither talking over people's heads nor being condescending.
Kelly is an excellent tutor! She has helped me improve my Spanish greatly. She makes each lesson fun and truly cares about my progress. I look forward to each lesson with Kelly!
Great tutor. Why? Kelly has a true passion for teaching and truly cares about her students. She's very attentive to a students individual styles and needs. That's pretty important for me since foreign languages aren't my strong suit.
Kelly is an excellent tutor. She developed a good rapport with my child and really helped her improve the quality of her writing. I would highly recommend her.
She is excellent !
Kelly has been fantastic. She is very organized and speaks Spanish very well. Our daughter has learned a lot and we are so pleased with her progress.
Kelly is an excellent teacher. She and I worked together in the Summer ESL program at Lake Forest Academy. Her students loved her and learned a lot from her. As a colleague, I believe she is one of the best teachers I have ever encountered.
a totally dreadful experience. Proceed at your own risk.
I have taken several lessons from Kelly and am continually impressed with her attention to making sure we have a lesson direction if I don't have a specific area to cover. I am comforted with her ability to teach at my level while challenging me to do more between lessons and at a higher level.
Anyone needing help in an area Kelly has experience would benefit from any lessons taken with Kelly.
First time user of these services. Kelly is an wonderful teacher. As an adult with little spanish confidence, she is wonderful in determining my needs and learning style, as well as willing to answer emailed questions in detail. I highly recommend Kelly to any student of spanish. She is very competent in both spanish and teaching.+ Read More
This is my first on-line Spanish conversation experience and I am very fortunate to have had Kelly as teacher.
She enunciates clearly (therefore very easy to understand), she is disciplined in making corrections and reviews all mistakes at the end of the hour.
Looking forward to my next class.
Miss Kelly teaches a very professional, dedicated and attentive to my needs specific to the learning and development of the English language, used different teaching methods and tools to give me to understand my language faults.
Kelly spent two quarters with our son when he was struggling with 5th grade math and helped him raise his grades from Cs and Ds to a solid B. What made that even more impressive is that our son goes to a dual language school and most of the math lesson was in Spanish! Kelly has a great personality and relates well to both parents and kids. She was very accommodating and even picked our son up from school when we weren't able to. We highly recommend her.+ Read More
Kelly is a brilliant teacher, who is multi-talented, inspiring and hard-working. Kelly makes learning fascinating and fun, while teaching her students the organizational and academic skills needed to do well now and in their future. Kelly brings out the best in her students, and my daughter now has excellent grades in high school English, History and Spanish as a result of working with Kelly. My daughter looks forward to her lessons because Kelly is a wonderful person to be around and is a joy to learn from. Kelly is always thinking about what is best for her students. She empowers them to be their own advocate at school and talk to teachers when needed. Kelly also takes the time to follow up with emails to parents after lessons and make helpful suggestions. I feel lucky to have found such a great tutor and mentor for my child, and I honestly think that anyone who hires Kelly will feel the same way!+ Read More
I've known Kelly since we met in South Korea. She has shown that she is a compassionate and passionate teacher who tries anything and everything in order to reach and encourage each and every student. Thus I highly recommend Kelly as a your possible and promising future teacher.+ Read More
Kelly is the best teacher in the world. Always in a good mood, eager to teach and learn. She is very enthusiastic and I recommend her with all my heart because besides learning a lot, you will have lots of fun, meet a great person and professional.
I know Kelly for three years now and I have seen how great of a teacher she is. Her positive energy and dedication to her students is a result of her passion for her teaching profession. As a native Spanish speaker I can say that she is fluent. Overall, she is an outstanding teacher and tutor.+ Read More
I remember my classes with Kelly as one of the most fun and enjoyable learning experiences!! She was always very enthusiastic, professional and dedicated, always bringing new creative activities for us to do together that were of my interest, and helped me progress fast and well!+ Read More
Kelly is an enthusiastic teacher who enjoys working with all age ranges. She is a hard worker who cares about her students' educations, and is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure her student understands the lesson.
She was one of my English teachers in Buenos Aires and her classes were interactive and enjoyable!
Very professional and kind person.
Recommended for everybody!