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Lesson Details

ESL

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a qualified English instructor with over 5 years of experience. I am bilingual (English/Spanish) which is an extra plus for beginners who are native Spanish speakers.
In my classes, we will learn English using interesting materials including pictures, videos, podcasts and music.
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Sara teaches

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About

Sara delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
March 2010

I offer online classes in Spanish, English language (ESL/EFL), TOEFL exam prep and writing. I have taught students from age 3 to senior citizens. I have experience teaching in language centers, bilingual schools and in companies. I have a TEFL diploma, TBE (Teacher of Business English) Certificate, BA in English Language Learner Studies with a minor in History and an MA in Teaching and Learning with Technology with a specialization as an online educator.

In our online classes, I use a communicative learning approach. This means that all of the activities will be focused on practice and using the target language. From the first class you will be speaking, conjugating verbs and learning new vocabulary.

To make the online classes more interesting and effective, we will use an online whiteboard. The whiteboard allows us to communicate in real time. I can import images, verb charts, worksheets, PDF and doc files, ebooks and videos. Using the whiteboard tools, you and I will both be able to write and draw on the board. Children especially love being able to use the whiteboard tools. Adults appreciate the extended notes that come up throughout the class.

You will receive an e-mail after each class containing both the class materials and notes for additional independent study. In addition, the Takelessons classroom allows me to record your classes, which will be automatically saved in your Takelessons account for viewing at a later time.

Please don't hesitate to use the "Ask a question" feature to contact me with any special circumstances or concerns.

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Experience

Instructional Designer
Apr 2014 - Present
Tutor ABC

As part of the writing team, I create interesting and conversation based lessons for the company. Other teachers use the lessons in their online classes.

Online English Teacher
Apr 2014 - Jan 2017
Tutor ABC

I taught online private and group classes to Asian students.

English Teacher
Sep 2012 - Apr 2014
Andrew Bell Educational Center

I taught kindergarten, 2nd and 5th grade in a bilingual elementary school.

Business English Teacher
Jan 2011 - Feb 2012
AHPLA Institute

I taught in company English classes for business professionals in Mexico City, Mexico. Students included executives at Western Union, Mabe, Toyota, Proctor & Gamble, Phillips and other international companies.

Education

MA Curriculum and Instruction
Nov 2018 - Present
Ashford University
MA Teaching and Learning with Technology
Aug 2014 - Oct 2015
Ashford University
BA English Language Learner Studies
Feb 2010 - Aug 2014
Ashford University
Medical Assistant Diploma
Apr 2007 - Oct 2008
Harris School of Business

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

TBE (Teacher of Business English) Certificate
Apr 2010
ITTO, Guadalajara, Mexico

TEFL Diploma
Mar 2010
ITTO, Guadalajara, Mexico

120 hour, 4 week TEFL course

Photos & Videos

Learn how to practice your pronunciation with this simple trick on your smartphone!
Introduction
My Spanish student, Kala from Texas, talks about her progress in class.
My English student, Andres from Mexico talks about our classes and his progress.
With my 5th grade class in Veracruz, Mexico.

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Receiving my TEFL diploma.

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Visiting a local language center in El Salvador during my pregnancy.

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Donating English materials to a local school.

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In addition to teaching, I also host training seminars on communicative language learning.
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113 Reviews

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Devon Dec 10, 2018
Spanish · Online

Carlos Dec 8, 2018
English · Online

Sara is an excellent tutor. I travel a lot for work and she is always able to rearrange the classes with respect to the varias timezones. I like the materials that she uses because I can see the notes she is writing and any images or activities she has planned. It is very helpful.

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Bruce Dec 8, 2018
English · Online

Write something like, Sara is wonderful teacher. She taught me in person in Costa Rica and we continue to take lessons online since I moved to the USA. She is patient and flexible with schedule. She always finds creatively materials and anything I need to improve in for work.

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Karla Nov 8, 2018
English · Online

Yao Oct 24, 2018
Writing · Online

Daniel Oct 24, 2018
English · Online

Sara helped with my English class and writing my essay highly recommended

Kelly C. Oct 23, 2018
English · Online

Some lessons i learned.
1. Sara asked me to send her email, not cancel, comment or reschedule from takelesson.com, because those generate tons of email for her, i obeyed, and send her email. She missed email, she got confused, she does not reply until 5 days later, which is so late to cancel the class.

2. Sara indicate me that she will call customer service, and say they will find a better solution, the next day, she remove me as her student, and she told customer service her time need to be respected, but not talking about why this happen, because she asked me to send her email, instead of cancelling or rescheduling in takelessons.com

3. She was friendly the day before, and the next day, when i called customer service, i was told i was removed from her student list, and i cannot get my money back.

So here is all my suggestions.
1. Use takelessons.com tools
2. Try your best to take your lesson, even with your phone, not to believe that everything can be waited until next day.

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Cathy Oct 23, 2018
Spanish · Online

I took classes with Sara online before coming to her home for an immersion class. I found Sara to be precise and extremely focused on working hard to help learning. She made learning fun and relevant. Being older I'm slower learning, but Sara made me feel so good and I learned so much. I highly recommend Sara for any classes she offers. Have fun and enjoy her gift of teaching

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Jody Oct 22, 2018
Spanish · Online

Vanesaa Oct 17, 2018
English · In studio

Sara es una excelente persona sus clases son de mucha calidad,tiene mucha pasiencia para enseñar estos 6 meses han sido de mucho ayuda tanto para mi como para mis hijas el trato que ella brinda es muy amable la recomiendo ampliamente

Jerrylynn Oct 17, 2018
Spanish · Online

Sara is a excellent teacher ! She is very knowledgeable. She also has an amazing personality! Strongly recommend. Have fun learning with Sara 😊

Roshan V. Oct 17, 2018
English · Online

As of now just started, we had internet issues and now we gone over that. teacher is cooperative so far. After few more classes we will know. Seems she is committed, hopefully my kid and her will gel together and see results in our kids. Waiting for more positive outcome soon. She looks promising.

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Felix Oct 3, 2018
Writing · Online

Sara does a very good job teaching and correcting the essays.

Juan Mauricio Oct 2, 2018
English · In home

Teacher Sara has taught my little brother since he had 11 years. Now he has 17 and is preparing to go to the university. He passed his Inglish examen and is going to study in Canada. Gracias teacher!

Monserrat Oct 2, 2018
English · In home

Sara es excelente maestra.
Es muy paciente al momento de enseñar, te ayuda a mejorar la pronunciación y resuelve cualquier duda. Con su creatividad hace cada clase diferente muy dinámicas y entendibles.
La flexibilidad de sus horarios hace que uno como adulto se de el tiempo de aprender un segundo idioma, ya que es muy importante.
Ya con 5 meses en el curso eh mejorado mucho ya soy nivel A2 y pase el examen Cambridge.
Lo mejor de aprender inglés es que aprendes de los mejores.

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Darcie Oct 1, 2018
Spanish · Online

Srilaxmi V. Sep 26, 2018
English · Online

Good first try

Naz T. Sep 12, 2018
Writing · Online

Kelly C. Sep 11, 2018
English · Online

nice first class

Ivana Sep 5, 2018
English · Online

Sara is very knowledgeable and an excellent teacher!
Strongly recommend!!!

Htet Htet Sep 1, 2018
Spanish · Online

Jerry Aug 30, 2018
Spanish · Online

I didn't know what to expect, but Sara walked me through our first session. She explained the plan and evaluated where I was and we worked through a few exercises. The second session proved to me that she was really paying attention because she brought a lesson exactly on point. Not overwhelming, not too easy.
Super satisfied with her teaching and I like her as a person, which really helps.

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Rodolfo Aug 27, 2018
English · Online

Sara has been the best English tutor for my boy friend , she is patient and very knowledgeable in where he needs assistance and what he should work on. I have seen the biggest improvement after a few classes. Thank you very much Sara

Martin Aug 13, 2018
English · Online

Rakshan2009 Jul 31, 2018
Spanish · Online

Pretty Easy understanding !!

shobana Jul 30, 2018
Spanish · Online

pretty easy to learn. thanks

Susy Jul 24, 2018
Spanish · Online

As usual, wonderful and fruitful class.

Susy Jul 10, 2018
Spanish · Online

I am really learning a lot and Sara explains everything very clearly. She is patient and friendly

Susy Jun 12, 2018
Spanish · Online

Sara is so helpful and she is giving me practical knowledge that I can use when I move to Mexico.

ESMERALDA S. Jun 12, 2018
English · Online

Sara was well prepare and her material was very good, I am very exited and looking forward to keep working with her.

Susy Jun 5, 2018
Spanish · Online

wonderful!

Dayra Jun 4, 2018
Writing · Online

Amazing 1st class! Looking forward to learning more from Sara.

Desmond M. May 23, 2018
Spanish · Online

Ceren Y. May 10, 2018
ESL · Online

Kim C. Apr 18, 2018
Spanish · Online

Miguel Apr 3, 2018
Writing · Online

Tami St John Mar 22, 2018
Spanish · Online

Laura Mar 8, 2018
Spanish · Online

I'm loving my lessons with Sara! She's a great instructor, very enthusiastic and encouraging. She's helping me renew my prior Spanish skills and is also catering lesson plans based on the work-related material I want to learn. I'm so excited for the rest of my lessons!

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Aaron Sztarkman Feb 13, 2018
English · Online

Great teacher!!

Jason Jan 16, 2018
Spanish · Online

Emmanuel Dec 18, 2017
English · In studio

Sara is a very good teacher. I have 2 months with her. she very nice and help me a lot.

Sara Dec 18, 2017
Spanish · Online

I take online group lessons with Sara each week and she is my favorite instructor. She is very patient with me. I am just starting to learn and sometimes the classes are intimidating but she is very reassuring and helpful. I look forward to taking more classes with her!

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Lena Dec 18, 2017
Spanish · Online

Teacher Sara is a passionate and dedicated teacher! I highly recommend her for both in person and online lessons. You will not be disappointed!

Odessa M. Dec 4, 2017
Spanish · Online

Belen Dec 4, 2017
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She is a very goof teacher !

Jen D. Oct 25, 2017
Spanish · Online

Sara is a great teacher, I enjoy our lessons.

rodolfo Oct 23, 2017
ESL · Online

wonderful

Kim C. Oct 16, 2017
Spanish · Online

Jody Oct 9, 2017
Spanish · Online

Yuchun C. Sep 19, 2017
ESL · Online

Tami St John Sep 18, 2017
Spanish · Online

Joanna Aug 30, 2017
Spanish · Online

Odessa M. May 15, 2017
Spanish · Online

We love Sara

Yen Phan Apr 26, 2017
English ·

Sara is a really useful teacher. I love the way she taught me. Besides, she is also a nice person. There was one time when I was taking lessons, somehow my computer had problem, I couldnot hear her and that lesson failed. She helped me set a new schedule without charging. Thanks Sara!

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Jen D. Mar 20, 2017
Spanish · Online

Tami St John Feb 28, 2017
Spanish · Online

Claudia Feb 6, 2017
English · Online

I hope I can speak English fluently.

Carmen P. Feb 2, 2017
TOEFL · Online

Sharon C. Jan 18, 2017
ESL · Online

Rachelle Yeates Jan 16, 2017
Spanish · Online

Sara is so patient!

Eiko R. Jan 12, 2017
Writing · Online

Ben B. Jan 10, 2017
Spanish · Online

Super supportive and will to work with a sometimes hectic work schedule.

Rachelle Yeates Jan 9, 2017
Spanish · Online

Aydan H. Dec 13, 2016
· In studio

Sara is so good and patient with us I really like her

Pan L. Dec 12, 2016
English · Online

Really great teacher! really nice and professional and helpful. Give me a lot of instructions to learning and help me take class notes. Thanks Sara.

Tony P. Nov 7, 2016
Spanish · Online

I like Sarah because she has lots of examples and worksheets that I can utilize off-line to prepare and study further in my Spanish.

Pan L. Nov 6, 2016
English · Online

Rob Oct 17, 2016
Spanish · Online

Always have fun and she is very helpful. Sara has been teaching me for three months now and I am learning alot.

Ben B. Sep 28, 2016
Spanish · Online

Had a great first lesson. Super excited to be able to share my hard work with my wife.

Jason Sep 14, 2016
Spanish · Online

Great first lesson. Looking forward to the next several months of learning.

Lucas Aug 30, 2016
Spanish · Online

Great teacher!

Alison Aug 18, 2016
Spanish · Online

Very cool! Very easy to speak with and made me feel comfortable!

S G. Aug 15, 2016
Spanish · Online

Sarah is very informative, patient, and kind. She led the first course with confidence using a variety of mediums that made it easy to follow along.

Rob Jul 26, 2016
Spanish · Online

First class was excellent. Very helpful and I can't wait to continue classes.

Faith Jul 15, 2016
Spanish · Online

Sara makes the lesson very comfortable and works at a pace that is easy for me. She also provides reference materials and suggests certain book to read so that I can study on my own before our next lesson. I love how she uses visuals on her whiteboard that allows me to retain and understand the information. Sara es un profesor excelente!!

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Tami St John Jul 7, 2016
Spanish · Online

I can't believe how much I learned in just my first lesson. Can hardly wait for my next class.

Janice P. Jun 14, 2016
Spanish · Online

Wow! I've had a couple of lessons with Sara and I am learning so much. I am actually talking and describing things in Spanish!!!. She has a lot of everyday examples that you can practice with and the homework is fun as well. She is a fantastic teacher.

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Ethan L. Jun 6, 2016
Writing · Online

My son enjoyed it. Sara is a very friendly and relatable teacher.

Cathy P. Jun 2, 2016
Spanish · Online

Sara was great. Very personable and got me soeaking right away. She made me feel very comfortable. I'm excited about the sessions and suggestions she gave me for additional practice.

Wanda May 31, 2016
Spanish · Online

Sara is wonderful to work with and very easy to understand -she works with me and my crazy work scheduled - I would recommend Sara to anyone that is interested in learning Spanish

Yalonda May 25, 2016
Spanish · Online

Working with Sara has been wonderful!! She is really patient when it comes to learning a second language. The materials that she provides for the course are also comprehensive and easy to understand. Since working with Sara, I have become more confident in reading and speaking Spanish!!

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Nini K. May 24, 2016
Spanish · Online

Sara is excellent teacher. My daughter loves the lessons and is always excited to have a Spanish lesson with Sara. Thanks so much!

Elias May 24, 2016
English · Online

I love Sara lessons. She is a lovely teacher. My English has improved a lot since I started classes with Sara. So, I recommend everybody to take lessons with her.

Chris May 24, 2016
Spanish · Online

I have been learning Spanish with Sara for a couple of weeks now and I can say that she is the best. Mi español esta mejorando mucho.

Asia May 24, 2016
English ·

I had a great experience with her. going to take more classes with her. The way she teaches is really fun and great way to learn. I was so comfortable with her.

Maria P. May 23, 2016
Spanish · Online

She is good, but not a good experience as a whole. I would not recommend to my friends and family who happen to be doctors, lawyers, engineers, chemists, etc. I am a professional single mother who has a critical job as a nurse practitioner at a hospital. It was difficult in finding a time that would work with my schedule, but we made it work as much as possible. Unfortunately the first time, there was a Houston Flood that occurred on the Monday we had the first class. It was it was a state of emergency and could not leave work. My family were unprepared because of the situation but we made it work with Mrs. Brady. Mrs. Brady had to cancel a class another day and gave same day notification, that afternoon actually. I was understanding and appreciated her contacting me. She worked with my times to reschedule another lesson. Unfortunately, another event due to a patient not doing well at my work, I had to stay over and contacted her earlier in the afternoon in the hopes that she would reschedule. I was hoping she would be understanding since she had done the same to me. However, she followed the Takelessons 24 hours notification rule and said she will not reschedule. Another event where we had technical difficulties and could not sign on until 10 minutes into the scheduled time. She would not answer. I checked TakeLessons and she had canceled the class when we still had approximately 16 minutes still left. She made no effort in contacting me as I had sent an email notifying her of the technical difficulties. That is money lost for that time. Takelessons have no contact telephone to reach someone of the situation and had left me and my son extremely frustrated. We actually look forward to the classes, but it seems she did not and was more interested in the money.

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Jan May 18, 2016
Spanish · Online

Sara is practical and teaches real life Spanish for the traveler or for those who may just want to hone their skills. She provides positive feedback and is relaxed yet has realistic expectations for learning.

john M. May 17, 2016
Spanish · Online

Lots of fun.

Kelly D. Apr 28, 2016
Spanish · Online

Sara is so patient. She makes learning so fun that you look forward to your next class.

Michael Apr 28, 2016
Spanish · Online

Sara is educated, professional, and understands the teaching process. I appreciate her patience while she constantly challenges me. I highly recommend her for anyone wanting to learn and enjoy learning Spanish. Buena Suerte!

Chris F. Apr 22, 2016
Spanish · Online

All three of my boys, age 13, 11 & 9, continue to look forward to working with Sara every week. My oldest went from struggling in his school's Spanish class to being the most proficient non-native Spanish speaker and has even acted as a spontaneous translator for one of his teachers and a new classmate. My middle son loves how quickly he is learning Spanish and enjoys speaking it online with native speakers and occasionally at school as well. And last but not least, my youngest struggled at first not realizing going into tutoring just how difficult learning a new language can be, but once he and Sara got into a rhythm of more fun/less heavy study, he's blossomed into loving sessions and he also uses Spanish in school when he has the opportunity with friends.

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Trisha Apr 21, 2016
Spanish · Online

Sara T. Was amazing she was so informative, helpful and gave me great in information. I can't wait to continue my learning with her!

MANEVAL Apr 5, 2016
ESL · Online

very goog teacher !!

Jack Apr 2, 2016
Spanish · Online

My first lesson went great. Sara was very patient. I'm a beginner so I've got a lot to learn. I would highly recommend Sara for all levels

Kristi Mar 25, 2016
Spanish · Online

I had a Spanish for Travelers online lesson with Sara and she made it fun and easy. I'll be traveling to Panama so she tailored the lesson to what I wanted to learn. She's super sweet and knowledgeable. I learned a lot in just one lesson. I highly recommend Sara!

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Bill Mar 18, 2016
Spanish · Online

I took an online introductory Spanish class with Sara using the online classroom. She makes learning a language fun. She gives the student materials in the form of screen sharing and notes and does all she can to make them feel comfortable. Highly recommend!

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Jane F. Mar 8, 2016
Spanish · Online

We had a good lesson. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kathryn R. Mar 4, 2016
Spanish · Online

I took Sara's online group class: "Spanish for Healthcare." Sara was very patient with beginners in the class, while also engaging intermediate students with more specific vocabulary. I'd recommend this class for healthcare workers looking to polish their Spanish skills.

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Suzy Mar 1, 2016
Spanish · Online

I took an online group Spanish class with Sara, and she was great! I already knew some of the basics, but wanted a refresher and some practice speaking Spanish with others (which I had always struggled with). The course was well-organized and Sara was super friendly and helpful!

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Natalie Feb 25, 2016
Spanish · Online

Sara is great, very organized and helpful

Janani S. Feb 24, 2016
ESL · Online

She is awesome

nisa Feb 14, 2016
Spanish · Online

this is great.I means studying and practicing.I like this.

Tamara Feb 13, 2016
Spanish · Online

This was great! I like the format and Sara's delivery style. I look forward to taking other classes with her! I only didn't give her 5 star because she is the only instructor I have had!

Joelle F. Jan 28, 2016
Spanish · Online

Wonderful teacher. Great individual education plans for students.

Trenton D. Jan 19, 2016
Spanish · Online

Sarah is doing a great job with my 12 year old son! She uses technology well and is upbeat and encouraging.

Chris F. Jan 18, 2016
Spanish · Online

One month update - Sara continues to be a bright, friendly, bubbly and engaging personality for the boys to learn from. My oldest is working on translating the sounding out of words into the written spelling which his class at school glazed over. My middle son is already not only caught up with his class (after missing roughly 30 days due to extreme illness) but he's actually ahead and so thrilled to be raising his hand in class at school with the correct answers! And my youngest who has no other Spanish training is counting, remembering colors and has pretty basic prompt-response Spanish skills for greetings/times/etc.

The best features about Sara as a teacher is her eternal enthusiasm which engages the kids more, her organization and quick realization with where each student's knowledge currently stands and where to go from there, her ability to bridge the gaps between them so that even though the oldest is learning much more complicated ideas, he is also learning the same communication patterns so the boys can speak to each other as quickly as possible. Also my schedule can be erratic at times with various doctor's appointments and Sara is very understanding as we try to work around the boy's schedules. Honestly at this rate I'm going to have to bite the bullet and start taking Spanish myself. And I know who I'd choose.

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Heather Mazzola Jan 9, 2016
Spanish · Online

Sara is very easy to work with, a very patient and great teacher! I had technical difficulties on the date of my first lesson, she took the time to try and help me fix the problem and then rescheduled our first session.

Chris F. Jan 9, 2016
Spanish · Online

Sara is great! She's tutoring all three of my boys (9,11,13) in Spanish. The two older boys also have Spanish in school so I'd imagine it is a challenge to both combine and separate their levels along with their age ranges but Sara manages it beautifully.

Because they all work with Sara she is able to have them learning the same generalized work (like numbers and colors for lesson 1) but each at their specific level. This gives each kid the opportunity to learn at their own level and pace while still giving them a common subject to practice on each other.

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Michael Dec 22, 2015
Spanish · Online

Very knowledgeable and professional. Great start.

David, Tommy and Jake F. Dec 22, 2015
Spanish · Online

We were not entirely prepared electronically but Sara was patient as we got our mics and headphones working. She took time with each kid individually so she can make tailored plans for each and I'm excited with her proposal. I can't wait to see the progress!

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Lorraine V. Nov 18, 2015
ESL · Online

First class and she was great!!! Looking forward to take more classes with Sara!

Elsie Martinez Oct 19, 2015
ESL · Online

Sara is an awesome instructor! she is a keen, creative and restless teacher. I have witnessed the results of her handwork. Students enjoy her classes and she is always looking for new strategies not only through higher preparation but also by sharing her work with other professors.

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Junio Oct 19, 2015
English · Online

Sara is very good teacher. Me ayudo bastante con inglés. Gracias SARA.

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