Orville Fitzhenley

Orville F.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Spanish: I substitute taught in Spanish, then volunteered to help adults in a local group of people learning Spanish. After hearing many of them thank me for my help in understanding the grammar and vocab., I started teaching on my own!

I've taught people from age 3 1/2 to age 78 (for children under 7 years old, a parent/guardian needs to join them for the lesson)! I've helped adults increase their job security by becoming more fully fluent, while for others the goal was simply to stimulate the mind with casual lessons.

For children, I've tutored both private and public school students. Am looking forward to helping homeschooling parents have a break from our current situation!! That's where I come in for an hour so parents can rest!

About Orville F.

Hi, I'm Orville! I bring the world to you by teaching Spanish Class and ESL! Both subjects are offered as online lessons.

I like to ease your (or your child's) transition to better language skills! Adults benefit from better résumés for job searches and children/teens get higher scores on speaking and/or writing in English, Spanish - or both). I have 18 years of experience in both private and public schools, with the last 10 years being focused on languages for people of all ages.

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GG
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Orville makes learning Spanish a fun experience. An engaging teacher, he combines his love of teaching with humor and insights on the culture. I’m enjoying both studying a new language and working with Orville - it’s like learning with s good friend.

Posted Feb 21, 2021
Brigitte
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Orville is a wonderful teacher and brings the language alive for you as you learn together over zoom. He explains so much of why things are said a certain way, things that you just can't get from a language app. It's the best hour of the week! Highly recommend him for all levels.

Posted Feb 19, 2021
Ramona
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Orville is the perfect combination of fun and learning! I am thoroughly enjoying the online classes--I've taken private and small group and am looking forward to in-person classes again as well. Orville is a linguist and really understands how to teach Spanish in a way that does not intimidate but, rather, reinforces learning for practical use. I always feel like I'm getting the best experience with Orville. Highly recommend!!

Posted Apr 22, 2020
Bea
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I have had the honor of receiving Spanish lessons from Orville for the past year. I am Hispanic, have taking college courses, and even spent some time in Mexico.. but Spanish never seemed to stick. It wasn't until I started taking classes with Orville that I started feeling like I can actually speak Spanish! I have a long way to go, but I feel like I'm on the right course with Orville. His classes consist of literature, You Tube videos, movies etc. for discussion and then afterwards we converse! Lots of conversation... and laughter and fun and learning. Enjoy your Spanish journey with Orville... :)

Posted Apr 21, 2020

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Experience

Spanish and English Teacher; International Tour Guide
Mar 2010 - Present

Orville Fitz-Henley, Certified Language Instructor

Students say classes are fun and that I'm patient and encouraging. My travels and living abroad lend a depth and breadth to the lessons: experience Spain, Mexico, Panama, and more with me!

Bilingual Substitute Teacher
Sep 2002 - Present

San Diego Unified School District

Teach English and Spanish to all grades, K-12, earning the title "The Super Sub"!; taught other subjects, including Algebra, Geometry, and basic French (French level 1-2).

Medical Interpreter
Oct 2013 - Mar 2015

Magenta Trans-Services

Interpreted between English and Spanish for medical appointments, specifically orthopedic visits.

Medical Interpreter
Jan 2012 - May 2014

Interpreters Unlimited

Interpreted between English and Spanish for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy appointments for children and adults. Helped the patients to feel they had communicated their needs and helped the doctors to feel they had received the information needed to make a decision about treatment.

Education

Translation & Interpretation; Extension Courses
Aug 2012 - May 2013

University of California at San Diego

Bach. Sc., Natural Resources & Conservation
Aug 1995 - May 1999

University of Florida

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

TEFL Certification
Sep 2018

Bridge TEFL

120-hour course designed to impart all the skills needed to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) at the highest levels.
CBEST
Mar 2002

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Passing the exam is required of all California educators.

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