Orville Fitzhenley
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Orville Fitzhenley

Orville F.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
You can expect to begin speaking in Spanish from our very first lesson! My classes are student-centered, offering you a focus on your interests and goals, which is very different from a group class. So, by the time you travel or apply for a job with perks for bilingual people, you'll have plenty to say!

I help adults increase their adventure (travel) or improve job security by becoming more fully fluent.

For children, I've tutored both private and public school students. I look forward to helping parents have a break from the stresses of parenthood! During my classes of 30 minutes or a full hour, parents can rest/talk to a friend/decompress! Ask me about options (45-minute classes, in-person classes on a patio or at a park) or for references!

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 writing in English or Spanish. I have 19 years of experience in both private and public schools, with the last 11 years being focused on helping people enjoy languages.


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5 Reviews
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I am incredibly happy with my instruction. Orville has done an excellent job preparing materials for our lessons. He clearly has mastered teaching as well as spanish.

Posted Jun 16, 2021
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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
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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
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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
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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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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 - Jun 2021

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.


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



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Advanced Spanish Listener Status
Jun 2021

ACTFL - Language Testing Institute

This test assesses one's ability to understand spoken Spanish at a high level.
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.
Mar 2002

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Passing the exam is required of all California educators.


Advanced Spanish Speaker Status
Jun 2021

ACTFL - Language Testing Institute

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