Naomi Kinney

Naomi K.

Washington, DC

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Come learn from a language instructor that has studied abroad while learning the language! I've been teaching Spanish for over 25 years! My goal is to help you complete your work or assignments successfully. My goal is also to help you learn some Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and a cultural note about the Latino community each time we meet. You'll definitely benefit and learn MORE Spanish by selecting me as your instructor!
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Naomi teaches



Naomi delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12 to 60 and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1986

I was originally born in Cincinnati, Ohio in a large family (youngest of nine kids), and we all attended Catholic schools... this is where I started learning Spanish. I have studied it (and English Literature) for many years, then eventually won a scholarship to study/travel in Mexico for six months. I returned from Mexico fluent, graduated from college with honors in language and Humanities, then decided to go live in Washington, DC to use that language. I got into corporate training, working 10 years at Fannie Mae as I traveled to 38 of the 50 states to help them train banks on their financial systems. I later began working in healthcare, and got certified as an interpreter AND as an Instructional Designer. I have designed educational programs ever since at hospitals, schools, educational centers, retail organizations, and with higher education (now at GWU). My hobbies include speaking Spanish, swimming, listening to jazz, playing with my daughter and my beagle.

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Health & Safety Training Specialist
Oct 2012 - Present
The George Washington University

Teach the weekly New Hire Orientation, and provide a safety message for that audience. Design, develop, and deliver OSHA/EPA safety programs focused on fire safety, environmental/occupational health, infection control, and emergency preparedness. I also manage the education tracking database for our department, and I also manage the Floor Warden program across all three major campuses.

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ESL (English as a Second Language) Educator
Mar 2012 - Aug 2012
SED (Spanish Education Development) Center

Here I taught English classes to native Spanish-speaking Hispanics who were part of a labor union for cleaning, construction, and hospitality workers. One of their union benefits was to receive classes on how to speak proper English (for their jobs). I was one of those instructors; I taught here 7 days a week for about 5 months until my contract ended.

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Instructional Designer
Aug 2008 - Sep 2011
The Kroger Co.

Served as a designer of web-based online training programs. Had to gather all graphics, photos, store information, etc. from subject matter expert in given Kroger departments, and work with them to develop these online training programs.

Education & Training Specialist
Sep 2005 - Aug 2008
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Taught the bi-weekly new hire orientation program, and worked with HR to manage all their required paperwork for onboarding. Also taught a lot of Cultural Diversity training to current staff, and re-designed their Diversity Orientation program (converted it to online vs the classroom). Also taught several other professional development classes to hospital staff and served as a hospital Spanish Language Interpreter.

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Director of Hospital Education
Jul 1997 - Sep 2005
Providence Hospital

Designed and delivered the monthly orientation program for all newly hired employees. Responsible for all of the annual mandatory regulatory safety training required of the 2000+ hospital and nursing home staff members there. Also provided professional development courses for the hospital staff, provided customized training upon request, and also managed their education tracking database for the records of staff.

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Director of Corporate Training
May 1996 - Jul 1997
AMISYS Managed Care Systems

Created their Corporate Training Department, hired several trainers and administrative staff to assist clients and staff complete their annual training requirements, assisted architects with the development of their technical training center.

Education Manager
Sep 1995 - Apr 1996
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office/USDA Graduate School

Oversaw technical training center that was part of U.S. PTO University. Provided technical training to government employees on Microsoft and Patent & Trademark technology systems.

Sr. Training Specialist
Dec 1985 - Aug 1995
Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae)

Taught banks and savings & loans how to report financial information back to Fannie Mae. Wrote procedures manuals and made many presentations after traveling 38 of the 50 states.


Sep 1998 - Sep 1999
Columbia School of Broadcasting
Certificate of Mortgage Banking / Mortgage Banking School
Sep 1990 - Sep 1990
Michigan State / Eli School of Business
Bachelor of Arts (English Literature and Foreign Languages)
Sep 1981 - Jun 1985
Central State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certified Professional of Learning & Performance
Dec 2006
Association for Talent Development - ATD (formerly American Society for Training & Development - ASTD)

This is the highest certification awarded by this institution... it entails a written examination and submission of a "Work Product" explaining a training project you've completed.

Leadership Development Educator
Sep 2005
Development Dimensions International (DDI)

I completed this certification while working as at Education & Training Specialist at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The hospital sent a team of trainers to be certified in order to be able to deliver this (and other courses offered by DDI) to the hospital staff.

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Certified Healthcare Interpreter
Apr 2004
National Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)

I received this certification while working as Director of Hospital Education at Providence Hospital. It was part of the full effort when I created the Interpreter Services Program there at that hospital. Part of the effort included several staff (including myself) receiving certification as well as the hospital adopting a telephonic translation service (some in person interpretation and some via telephone).

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2016 CPLP Contributor Award Recognition
May 2016
Association for Talent Development's (ATD's) Certification Institute
Celebration of Excellence Award
Nov 2015
George Washington University / Human Resources Department
Outstanding Service Awards
Sep 2010
National Heritage Academies
Outstanding Community Service Award
Jul 2000
Inroads of Greater Washington, Inc.
Mentorship Award
Jun 1999
District of Columbia Public Schools/H.D. Woodson High School

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3 Reviews

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marjan Sep 6, 2017
English · In home

Naomi is patient, professional, and knowledgeable. I highly recommand her.

Shawvan B. Apr 5, 2016
Spanish · In home

If you are looking for a Spanish teacher look no further! Naomi is a very skilled and phenomenal teacher. I have taken her class for the last 10 months and I truly can see the progress I have made with her teaching style. She not only has set lessons from the book, but she will bring real-world examples such as food, newspapers, and music! I recently traveled to the Dominican Republic and I was amazed at how easily I was able to hold a conversation. The people there let me know that my Spanish was very good. It was definitely a compliment for me. I believe that a student is only as good as their teacher. Naomi is the right teacher!

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Shawvan B. Jul 20, 2015
Spanish · In home

Naomi really takes the time to go over with you the culture and language of the people. She setup a lesson plan for me and established goals. I love her teaching style and I feel like I'm taking the time to learn again. If you're looking for a teacher who knows her stuff she is it!

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