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Sara H.
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Hi! I'm Sara, a Cambridge CELTA-certified ESL / EFL teacher and accent coach! I am a Cambridge CELTA Pass A-certified English teacher with over 7 years' experience teaching English in Budapest, Hungary and online. Before coming to Hungary, I was a vocal coach, music teacher, and performer in the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. I also hold an MA from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a TEFL certificate from University of Toronto, with specializations in English for Young Learners and Business English. Though I love California, these days I have made Hungary my home! I live in Budapest with my two beautiful, bilingual children. I began my teaching career while I was still in university as a Modified Supplemental Instruction teacher, assisting learners with special needs in the university Music Department. I went on to teach music both in the classroom and privately (piano, voice, choir, orchestra, oboe, English horn) up through 2015 in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2015, I decided it was time to travel and see the world! I ended up settling down in Budapest, Hungary. I became enamoured with the Hungarian language, people, architecture, history, and culture––especially the widespread appreciation of the arts here. I hit the ground running, and built up a private English instruction studio. My skills as a voice coach and choral director transferred beautifully into teaching English. I decided to make English teaching a career and earned a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate. In 2020, I obtained the Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) with an overall grade of Pass A––the highest possible mark, which Cambridge awards to the top 5% of teachers in the program. I took some time off in late 2020 to stay home with my second child. He is now two years old; his older sister, 4, will start kindergarten in the Fall of 2022. Since I took the CELTA while I was on maternity leave, I had my baby with me in my lap at all lectures, to the awe and delight of instructors and fellow students. At the end of the program, he was even issued an "honorary CELTA certificate for babies" for being such a quiet and attentive student, a distinction that I think he alone has earned! My students have described me as fun, patient, clear, knowledgeable, and helpful. I hope that we will be a good fit together as student and teacher and that you feel the same way!

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Teaching since 2000

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MA in Opera, Orchestral, and Choral Conducting

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Sara H.
Teaches Online
About Sara H.

Hi! I'm Sara, a Cambridge CELTA-certified ESL / EFL teacher and accent coach! I am a Cambridge CELTA Pass A-certified English teacher with over 7 years' experience teaching English in Budapest, Hungary and online. Before coming to Hungary, I was a vocal coach, music teacher, and performer in the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. I also hold an MA from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a TEFL certificate from University of Toronto, with specializations in English for Young Learners and Business English. Though I love California, these days I have made Hungary my home! I live in Budapest with my two beautiful, bilingual children. I began my teaching career while I was still in university as a Modified Supplemental Instruction teacher, assisting learners with special needs in the university Music Department. I went on to teach music both in the classroom and privately (piano, voice, choir, orchestra, oboe, English horn) up through 2015 in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2015, I decided it was time to travel and see the world! I ended up settling down in Budapest, Hungary. I became enamoured with the Hungarian language, people, architecture, history, and culture––especially the widespread appreciation of the arts here. I hit the ground running, and built up a private English instruction studio. My skills as a voice coach and choral director transferred beautifully into teaching English. I decided to make English teaching a career and earned a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate. In 2020, I obtained the Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) with an overall grade of Pass A––the highest possible mark, which Cambridge awards to the top 5% of teachers in the program. I took some time off in late 2020 to stay home with my second child. He is now two years old; his older sister, 4, will start kindergarten in the Fall of 2022. Since I took the CELTA while I was on maternity leave, I had my baby with me in my lap at all lectures, to the awe and delight of instructors and fellow students. At the end of the program, he was even issued an "honorary CELTA certificate for babies" for being such a quiet and attentive student, a distinction that I think he alone has earned! My students have described me as fun, patient, clear, knowledgeable, and helpful. I hope that we will be a good fit together as student and teacher and that you feel the same way!

Levels taught

Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since {{year}}

Teaching since 2000

Education

MA in Opera, Orchestral, and Choral Conducting

Teaches ages {{minAge}}+

Teaches ages 3+

Speaks {{languages}}

Has background check

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English as a Foreign Language Teacher
Jan 2015 - Present
Self-Employed
Native English Teacher
Sep 2018 - Jun 2021
Kids and Teens English Club
Native English Teacher
Sep 2019 - Jun 2020
Szábo Magda Bilingual Middle School
Native English Teacher
Aug 2017 - Jun 2019
Boys and Girls Clubs of Hungary
Music Director
Feb 2010 - Jun 2013
Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos
Artistic Operations Manager
Jul 2008 - Jul 2011
El Camino Youth Symphony
Music Teacher (voice, piano, choral, oboe, English horn)
Jan 2000 - Sep 2014
Self-Employed
Director's Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Tutor
Jan 2000 - Jul 2008
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) Music Department
MA in Opera, Orchestral, and Choral Conducting
Sep 2004 - Jun 2006
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
BA in Oboe Performance
Sep 1999 - Jun 2004
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
Hungarian
Professional Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency
Japanese
Limited Proficiency
Latin
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency
Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA)
Dec 2020
Cambridge
Pass A
Music Together® Trained Teacher
Aug 2019
Music Together® Worldwide
Trained Music Together® Teacher and Center Director at Music Together Duna Kids based in Budapest, Hungary
Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
May 2017
University of Toronto, Ontario Institute of Studies in Education
General English Teaching English to Young Learners Business English
Department Honors - Music
Jun 2004
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
Kresge College Honors
Jun 2004
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
Kretschmer Music Award
Sep 2003
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)

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