Kelly Minks

Kelly M.

Zionsville, IN
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SAT

Levels Taught:
High School, College
By developing a structured, individualized curriculum that will meet your needs and support your preparation for the SAT exam, you will find yourself motivated, confident, and well-prepared to take you exam through our interactive lessons together!
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About

Kelly passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Kelly delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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 who are motivated to improve their language and academic skills! With over 8 years of experience teaching children and adults around the world, Kelly's passion for education is evident throughout each of her lessons. Her teaching philosophy is centered around the ideals of: student-centered learning, student-teacher partnership, active engagement, and authentic learning.

After teaching in the Chicago and Indianapolis public school systems, Kelly decided to open a private bilingual education company where she works as a remotely-based teacher and education consultant. 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 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 design the perfect course to help you reach your goals!

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Experience

Director & Founder
Apr 2017 - Present
Bilingual Bridges

Bilingual Academic Tutor
Jan 2011 - Present
Freelance

ESL / English Language Arts Teacher
Oct 2015 - Mar 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools

Dual Language Teacher
Aug 2014 - Aug 2015
Chicago Public Schools

Summer ESL Faculty
Jul 2012 - Aug 2014
Lake Forest Academy

Graduate Research Assistant
Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
DePaul University, Chicago, IL

ESL Teacher
Nov 2010 - Feb 2011
ILA, Hanoi, Vietnam

ESL Teacher
Mar 2010 - Nov 2010
HABA Playschool, Gangneung, South Korea

ESL Teacher
Feb 2009 - Feb 2010
Freelance, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Education

M.Ed. Bilingual Bicultural Education
Sep 2011 - Nov 2014
DePaul University
B.A. International Studies
Sep 2004 - Jun 2007
Oregon State University
B.S. Human Development and Family Sciences
Sep 2004 - Jun 2007
Oregon State University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Indiana Teaching License (Grades K-12)
Aug 2015
Indiana Department of Education

Elementary Generalist, Spanish, English as a New Language (ENL), Historical Perspectives, Language Arts

Illinois Teaching License (Grades K-9)
Dec 2014
Illinois Department of Education

Bilingual Education, Spanish, English as a Second Language (ESL), Social Studies, Language Arts

CELTA ESOL Teaching Certification
Jun 2009
University of Cambridge

Awards

Student Teaching Scholarship
Oct 2014
DePaul University
Deans Award
May 2012
DePaul University
Teach Grant Recipient
Dec 2011
DePaul University
International Research Scholarship
Dec 2006
Oregon State University

Affiliations

TESOL International Association
Sep 2010

TESOL International Association’s mission is to advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.

Photos & Videos

Photo by Kelly M.

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Doing home visits during the summer in rural Chile

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My Peruvian students taking a break from their homework.

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My second graders on a field trip in Korea

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With my little ones celebrating Chuseok in Korea

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A great group of students in rural Chile.

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80 Reviews

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Lili L. Sep 17, 2017
Accent Reduction · Online

I'm so comfortable having class with Kelly. She is just amazing!

Ashvika D. Aug 27, 2017
Writing · Online

thanks! :)

Carolyn Aug 24, 2017
Spanish · Online

Great first lesson!

Carolyn Aug 24, 2017
Spanish · Online

Beverly B. Aug 17, 2017
Spanish · Online

She's excellent at teaching and has lots of great resources.

Ryan Aug 16, 2017
Reading · Online

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.

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Matt S. Aug 4, 2017
Spanish · Online

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.

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Shanna Aug 2, 2017
Spanish · Online

Ryan Jul 16, 2017
Reading · Online

irina Jul 15, 2017
SAT · Online

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.

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Matthew Jul 11, 2017
Spanish · Online

first lesson went well. i was a bit anxious and nervous about it, but she made me fell very calm and engaged.

Andres Jun 27, 2017
Creative Writing · Online

Aidan Jun 11, 2017
Reading · Online

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.

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Andy S. Jun 8, 2017
Spanish · Online

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.

tom May 25, 2017
Spanish · Online

Nicole May 15, 2017
SAT · Online

Always a joy to learn from Kelly!

ANA MARIA Apr 27, 2017
ESL · Online

Monica D. Apr 22, 2017
Spanish · Online

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!

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Sara Apr 13, 2017
Spanish · Online

Meena Apr 11, 2017
Spanish · Online

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.

Harman Apr 10, 2017
Spanish · Online

Today was my first lesson with Kelly. I liked her way of teaching. I will highly recommend her to anyone looking for Spanish lessons.

Rani H. Apr 10, 2017
Reading · Online

Best teacher I ever met. Enjoy her class!

Kirtana Apr 10, 2017
Spanish · Online

Jennifer Apr 9, 2017
ESL · Online

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.

Renee Apr 7, 2017
Spanish · Online

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.

Bella M. Apr 6, 2017
English · Online

Very professional!

Sheena D. Apr 2, 2017
Writing · Online

Alexis T. Mar 18, 2017
Spanish · In studio

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!

Mark Mar 16, 2017
Writing · Online

Oktaviani W. Mar 15, 2017
ESL · Online

Rani H. Mar 8, 2017
Reading · Online

great teacher, great class!

Rani H. Mar 8, 2017
Reading · Online

enjoyed the class.

Amy Mar 4, 2017
Study Skills · Online

Has great ideas to help with Organization and Study Skills.

Jorge Mar 3, 2017
English · Online

Kelly is a great professional.

Peggy Mar 2, 2017
Test Prep · Online

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.

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Minhaj K. Mar 2, 2017
English · Online

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!!!

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Meirong Jan 10, 2017
ESL · Online

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.

Kenneth J. Nov 3, 2016
Spanish · Online

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.

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Doug B. Oct 23, 2016
English · Online

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!

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Taylor Oct 15, 2016
Spanish · Online

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.

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Duany Aug 18, 2016
ESL · Online

Kelly is a great communicator and is able to teach in simple ways. I definitely recommend her.

ANA MARIA Jul 5, 2016
English · Online

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.

Lisa K. Jun 4, 2016
Writing · Online

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!!

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Lan May 8, 2016
Accent Reduction · Online

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.

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Tammy May 2, 2016
Math · Online

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!

Nina Apr 1, 2016
ESL · In studio

She is a great teacher. Thank you Kelly!

Susi F. Feb 25, 2016
Accent Reduction · Online

she 's great

Evelyn G. Jan 23, 2016
Spanish · Online

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!

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Gabriella L Jan 19, 2016
Spanish · Online

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!

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Brian Dec 9, 2015
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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.

Rachel B Dec 7, 2015
Spanish · Online

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.

Megan Dec 5, 2015
Spanish · Online

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.

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Bryan Dec 3, 2015
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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!

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Jamie Dec 1, 2015
Spanish · In studio

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!

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J Marie Nov 29, 2015
Language · In studio

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

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Darcy Nov 29, 2015
Language · Online

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!!!!

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Glen W. Nov 28, 2015
Spanish · Online

Extremely accomodating a needs oriented!

Glen W. Nov 28, 2015
Spanish · Online

Extremely accomodating a needs oriented!

Jae Nov 28, 2015
Accent Reduction · Online

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.

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Rik Nov 28, 2015
Grammar · In home

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.

Hal Nov 28, 2015
Social Sciences · In studio

Very well-organized. Speaks to her audience, neither talking over people's heads nor being condescending.

Andrew Nov 28, 2015
Spanish · Online

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!

Sheila Nov 28, 2015
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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.

Laurie Nov 28, 2015
American Government ·

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.

Sue K. Nov 28, 2015
Spanish · In home

She is excellent !

Delfia H. Oct 3, 2015
Spanish · Online

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.

Jason Oct 3, 2015
ESL · In studio

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.

Kate Sep 23, 2015
Spanish · Online

a totally dreadful experience. Proceed at your own risk.

Kenneth J. Sep 17, 2015
Spanish · Online

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.

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Kenneth J. Aug 16, 2015
Spanish · Online

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.

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Gabriella L. Jul 25, 2015
Spanish · Online

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.

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Gerardo P. Dec 10, 2014
ESL · Online

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.

Joel L. Dec 2, 2014
Math · In home

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.

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Devora B. Dec 2, 2014
English · In home

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!

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Yerim H. Jun 16, 2014
· In home

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.

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Sol L. Jun 12, 2014
Language · In home

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.

Monica A. Jun 6, 2014
Spanish · In studio

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.

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juana P. Jun 6, 2014
English · In home

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!

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Christopher E. Jun 6, 2014
ESL · In studio

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.

Lucio A. Jun 6, 2014
English · In studio

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!

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