Lisa Reiffen

Lisa R.

Elkridge, MD

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Over 12 years academic experience in Spanish. I have been tutoring Spanish for over a year. I have lived abroad in Spain and Chile.
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Lisa teaches



Lisa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 2+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2004

30 minute in home/travel lessons are available as an introductory rate for the first 5 lessons with prices subject to change based on travel time and cost.

International Scholar looking to help your children, teenagers, or yourself learn Spanish or Portuguese.
M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University with a 3.5 GPA. My degree also makes me well qualified to teach, American History, World History, Social Studies, and Political Science.

My first experience with tutoring was in 2004, when I helped to tutor middle school students learning English as a second language (ESL). I also have a year of experience as a teaching assistant on a study abroad program in Brazil. During the program I taught a basic Portuguese class for the college students and conducted simultaneous translations. I also have 8 years of experience teaching special needs children (autism).

More than three years experience training adults on IT programs such as MS Project and PowerPoint. More than three years experience training event planners in the U.S. Courts.

I currently use Spanish at my work on a daily basis.
I worked at the Embassy of Brazil in D.C. for three years, speaking Portuguese everyday. I have done Portuguese- English, English-Portuguese interpretation for them at events in the U.S. I work full time so am available on weekends and weeknights only.

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Assistant to Science & Technology, Education and Culture
Mar 2014 - Present
Embassy of Brazil

Provide translation and interpretation support for cultural events.

Offer English expertise for Brazilian diplomats and Brazilians at the Embassy.

Compile daily reports with relevant information to science and technology.

Coordinate and support events.

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Project Management Consultant
Mar 2010 - Dec 2013
NTT DATA for the Administrative Offices of the U.S. Courts

Planned and coordinated different sized events, ranging from 40 people to 600 people across the country, utilizing Web-Ex and other remote meeting technologies.

Trained over 50 clients in M.S. Project in group and one on one training sessions. I prepared all training materials and presented them to the group.

Trained over 10 clients in PowerPoint, Visio, Excel and Word on a one on one, as needed basis.

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Teaching Assistant
Jul 2009 - Dec 2009
Brazilian Ecosystems Study Abroad Program

Supported the Program Director by assisting with program logistics, organizing and communicating travel and flight details, transportation and lodging, which required communication with the Brazilian points of contacts in Portuguese.

Taught a basic Portuguese course for the students, and translated Portuguese on a daily basis, acting as a guide for the students.

Worked one on one with students to improve their Portuguese.

Simultaneously translated lectures for a week during the program.
Served as a guide to the American students on the program and acted as a liaison between the Program Director and the students.

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ESL Teacher Volunteer
Sep 2003 - May 2004
Foreign Born Information Resource Network (FIRN)

I volunteered with FIRN to offer free after school ESL classes for middle school students at Owen Brown Middle School.


M.A. International Affairs
Aug 2010 - Dec 2013
George Washington University - Elliott School of International Affairs
B.A. International Relations
Sep 2005 - Jun 2009
Goucher College


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Professional Proficiency

Photos & Videos

I am teaching my nephew who is on the autism spectrum to speak Spanish and Portuguese.

In front of the Brazilian White House - Brasília

Reading before bedtime
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4 Reviews

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Ann Nov 3, 2017
Portuguese · In home

We've only had one lesson so far, but Lisa recommended some great books and shows that will improve my Portuguese. She also gauged my level of knowledge and my preferred method of learning.
I'm looking forward to our future lessons.

James W. May 22, 2015
Portuguese · Online

It's going great I think

ruth K. Jan 13, 2015
Spanish · In home

Lisa is a wonderful teacher. She always is on time and comes prepared with new lessons each week. She is very in tune with my level of Spanish and provides materials that I can handle and challenge me to grow. I am very pleased with her tutoring. I would recommend her highly as a teacher for anyone.

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Alexandra B. Jan 6, 2015
Portuguese · In home

Lisa is a great tutor that pulls from a variety of resources to meet the student's need, level and interest. She was a pleasure to work with.

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