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Hola! My name is Sarah.

This is why I am not your typical Spanish Teacher: Most of you all are either taking Spanish in school or took Spanish in school. I was one of those High School Spanish teachers that taught 125 students a day. I felt helpless and frustrated. They made me teach only grammar, vocabulary and culture. No conversational skills at all. Yes, grammar and vocabulary are very important in learning a language, but so is speaking. After a while, I left the public school system and began teaching on my own. Now, I teach each and every student how to speak Spanish fluently. You all have your reasons for taking Spanish classes: To speak Spanish for work, speak Spanish for fun and travel, speak and understand Spanish to pass your school classes or perhaps you have younger children and you know that this is the best age to learn a new language. Every single one of my students is unique and different, and that is how I approach my lessons each week. We also talk a lot in Spanish!
Keep reading if you like. Afterall, you are making an investment and you might be interested in knowing more about my teaching credentials and methods.

I have tutored all levels of Spanish for over 20 years. My bachelor degrees in Spanish Language and World Languages Education included a year abroad in Segovia, Spain. I have traveled extensively through over a dozen Spanish speaking countries in the world, and have lived in several, including Costa Rica for 8 years.

I help students build their confidence in learning the language by tapping into their learning styles and by my personable and encouraging approach. I am very patient and I customize each lesson to meet your needs. Everybody has different learning styles, and I will work with you in proven approaches that will give you the most success!

I use several approaches, books, etc. to help my students learn. We also spend a lot of time just talking back and forth in Spanish with the things that we are working on that week. I also subscribe to a very innovative program called Voces Digital. This program opens up a world of virtual real life opportunities to learn, see, hear and speak Spanish. I also create interactive, individual Quizlets to help make learning vocabulary easy and fun. And, I subscribe to Yabla. Yabla has over 2000 interesting Spanish learning level appropriate videos to practice listening to native speakers from all over the world. I will give you access to each of these programs.

Please feel free to ask me any questions at all! Have a wonderful day!

Sarah

About Sarah M.

Hola! My name is Sarah.
This is why I am NOT your typical Spanish Teacher: Many of you are either taking Spanish in school or took Spanish in school. I was one of those High School Spanish teachers that taught 125 students a day. I felt helpless and frustrated. They made me teach only grammar, vocabulary and culture. No conversational skills at all. After a while, I left the public schools and began teaching on my own. Now, I teach each and every student how to speak Spanish fluently. You all have your reasons for taking Spanish classes: To speak Spanish for work, speak Spanish for fun and travel, speak and understand Spanish to pass your school classes or perhaps you have younger children and you know that this is the best age to learn a new language. Every single one of my students is unique and different, and that is how I approach my lessons each week. We also talk a lot in Spanish! I took 4 years of Spanish in High School and all through college. After college, after straight A’s in Spanish for years, I went to Spain by myself and I could not understand or speak barely a word. I had no practice with conversation. After a while, all my learning kicked in, and I could speak and understand almost everything. So, I left the school system to actually teach people how to understand and speak this beautiful language. Yes, it does take a lot of grammar and vocabulary. But that is only part of it.

Keep reading if you like. Afterall, you are making an investment and you should know all about my teaching credentials and methods before you hire me.

I have tutored all levels of Spanish for over 20 years. My bachelor degrees in Spanish Language and World Languages Education included a year abroad in Segovia, Spain. I have traveled extensively through over a dozen Spanish speaking countries in the world, and have lived in several, including Costa Rica for 8 years.
I help students build their confidence in learning the language by tapping into their learning styles and by my personable and encouraging approach. I am very patient and I customize each lesson to meet your needs. Everybody has different learning styles, and I will work with you in proven approaches that will give you the most success!

I use several approaches, books, etc. to help my students learn. We also spend a lot of time just talking back and forth in Spanish with the things that we are working on that week. I also use a very innovative program called: vocesdigital.com. This program opens up a world of real life opportunities to learn, see, hear and speak Spanish. Check it out, if you like. I bought the license to use this program, and I offer it free to my students.

Please feel free to ask me any questions at all! Have a wonderful day!

BONUS! I also offer LARGE discounts for two or more students at the same time who are on the same level. We can all meet online and share screens and see each other from your own homes.

Hasta Pronto! Sarah,
Stay Safe!

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Michelle Baker
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Posted Mar 8, 2021
Richard
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Sarah is great. She immediately zeroed in on my weaknesses and designed a study program for in-between lessons.
I feel motivated to dig into my learning. Can't wait till next week.

Posted Feb 9, 2021
Joseph Castel
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Great Teacher

Posted Jan 7, 2021
Joseph Castel
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Posted Dec 17, 2020
Phil D.
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Great Instructor! Very impressed! First lesson went well. Very personable, knowledgeable and professional.

Posted Dec 7, 2020
Robbin K.
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great! very patient!!

Posted Dec 2, 2020
Benita
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I am so happy to have found Sarah! Professional, Punctual, Patient and uses teaching methods that she adapts just for me. Our lessons are fun, interesting and I see myself advancing each week. I am making great progress in Spanish thanks to Sarah's help. Highly recommended!

Posted Nov 2, 2020
Tamara B.
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Sarah is very patient and knowledgeable!

Posted Oct 22, 2020
Laila G.
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Sarah is a kind, patient teacher who takes time to clarify the lessons.

Posted Oct 20, 2020
Laura
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I love Sarah! I learn so much from her. She's very supportive and encouraging. Terrific teacher!

Posted Oct 16, 2020
Laura
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Posted Oct 3, 2020
Daniel
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I am a nurse in a predominantely Spanish speaking neighborhood in L.A. I've been taking lessons from Sarah since February, and it is so rewarding to finally be able to communicate with my patients in Spanish. Sarah made learning Spanish so much easier than I thought.

Posted Sep 27, 2020
Isabella A.
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Posted Sep 15, 2020
Ben
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Great first lesson, looking forward to the remaining 19!

Posted Sep 7, 2020
Liz
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My daughters love their weekly duo session with Ms. Sarah. She keeps the class fun and interesting. My girls love the role play in Spanish and all the games to help with vocabulary.

Posted Sep 7, 2020
Michele
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Loved the lesson. Sarah was amazing. Very personable and patient.

Posted Aug 20, 2020
Srilakshmi S.
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Posted Aug 15, 2020
Sri
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Sarah is awesome! Looking forward to my lessons with her.

Posted Jul 23, 2020
Shyam Desai
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Posted Jun 24, 2020
jane
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Sarah has been a tremendous help to me in learning Spanish. I only started to make progress when I began working with Sarah. I plan on continuing to work with Sarah in order to continue making good progress. She helps me focus on what is important. I am becoming a better speak. When I started I thought I would never be able to speak Spanish but now I feel I can. Sarah gave me the confidence I needed.

Posted Jun 21, 2020
Lisa
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Sarah is extremely caring and patient. I started taking classes from Sarah 2 years ago. I work around the clock but continue with Sarah as she makes classes easy to learn as they are interactive and she goes to my speed. I highly recommend you try Sarah for your Spanish learning needs. You won't be disappointed!

Posted Jun 14, 2020
Angel
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Thanks to Sarah, though I had been out of school for over 20 years and only had high school Spanish teachings, after a few months of classes with her I was able to speak and understand Spanish traveling in the airports, hotels and restaurants during two back to trips to hispanic countries.

Sarah, I am very grateful to you!

Posted Jun 14, 2020
Zach B.
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Great teacher

Posted Apr 13, 2020
Elizabeth
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I wanted to highly recommend Sarah for online Spanish lessons - especially during these challenging times! Whether you are 5 or 85 - Sarah is the perfect teacher to go to for online Spanish instruction! She is charming, smart, patient, loving and passionate about the Spanish language! Sarah will teach you better than anyone else you come across - literally worldwide! I highly recommend her for your students, children, yourself or your parents! Five Stars to Sarah!

Posted Mar 25, 2020
Anne
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Sarah’s lessons have been invaluable to me! As an ESOL teacher, she personalized my lessons to help me communicate better with my students and parents. A+!

Posted Mar 21, 2020
Claire
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Sarah has been wonderful in teaching Spanish to my 87 year old husband who is suffering from dementia He takes lessons twice a week and there’s always a smile on his face when it’s time to meet Sarah on his computer. He seems to be actually improving as far as dementia is concerned. I heartedly recommend Sarah to teach any age - from young children to super seniors. Thank you, Sarah

Posted Mar 21, 2020
Hans Michael
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Sarah mostly teaches Spanish online, but for the last 7 years, Sarah has come to my busy little B&B on a secluded beach in Costa Rica each winter for a couple months. While she is here, she is easily able to teach her online students in the U.S. But for me, she also teaches many of my guests in person for those that are visiting and want to learn some travel phrases. She also teaches Spanish to an expat nursing home in our city. Some of these students are in the 80s and 90s and they love having fun learning how to say some things in Spanish. Sarah is very patient and caring with them, and they love her. I strongly recommend her for either online or in person classes.

Posted Mar 20, 2020
Kate
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I am so thrilled with talking Spanish with Sarah. She has had such fascinating experiences in Spain and Costa Rica - she's not only a Spanish teacher, but a world traveler who has lived and worked in Spanish speaking countries. That gives her an extra flair with teaching that brings all her lessons alive. She's awesome! Muchas gracias, Sarah!

Posted Mar 20, 2020
Phelia B.
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Sarah has given me a good leg up on my journey to learn the Spanish language well.

Posted Mar 4, 2020
Jane B.
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Very good lesson. Sarah will conduct the lesson in Spanish in the future which will be very challenging but very good learning for me.

Posted Feb 28, 2020
Shannon M.
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I like how Sarah is really funny.

Posted Feb 11, 2020
Emily G.
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Great 1st lesson and Sarah emailed handouts of completed work and is setting us up with a workbook. She’s great .

Posted Oct 28, 2019
Suresh Mallempati
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Posted Oct 14, 2019
Jennifer Nelson
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First lesson with Sarah, and it was great! She is very kind and willing to adjust to your needs. I'm excited to continue working with her!

Posted Aug 30, 2019
Candice
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Posted Aug 11, 2019
Phillina T.
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Posted Aug 7, 2019
Jaky
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I really enjoyed my lesson. Sara is personalizing her teaching method to suit my skills and learning style. I think that she is going to be a great teacher.

Posted Jul 29, 2019
Ranjith Kondath
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Posted Jul 5, 2019
Keith H.
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Just completed my first class with Sarah---very positive experience. She immediately discerned that she was speaking a little above my level and adjusted to where we could have comfortable back and forth. She provided constructive criticism and mentioned the areas that were to be stressed the next session. Definitively would recommend Sarah to anyone looking to learn Spanish.

Posted Jun 28, 2019
gary
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Just started but I liked the interaction and looking forward to my next lesson.

Posted Jun 20, 2019
Victoria
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My first lesson with Sarah was very helpful. I'm looking forward to the next classes.

Posted Jun 7, 2019
Pamela
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Posted Apr 15, 2019
Shannon M.
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Sarah is the best teacher my daughter had on Takelessons platform. She adopts different teaching methods and teaching materials according to the different needs of students. The explanations in her class are very clear, she is also very patient and friendly to my daughter. My daughter has become more interested and confident in learning Spanish. She is a very good teacher, I strongly recommend her to everyone.

Posted Mar 5, 2019
Nancy
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Sarah is very easy to work with and tailors lessons to meet your objectives.

Posted Jan 17, 2019
Shirley
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I wouldn't trade her for all the tea in China. Great teacher!

Posted Jan 11, 2019
Shirley
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She is a GREAT teacher! Very easy to talk to and explains things so well. Words can't define her style. She is just awesome!!!

Posted Jan 4, 2019
Phillina T.
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Posted Dec 31, 2018
Shirley
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Very easy to talk to.

Posted Dec 28, 2018
Nancy
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Very good start! I felt very comfortable and look forward to our upcoming lessons & practice.

Posted Oct 26, 2018
Maanasa
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Posted Sep 17, 2018
Marsha B.
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Sarah is a delight to work with. She is thorough, well prepared and is able to tailor the lesson to meet my needs.
She makes learning fun!
Muchas gracias!

Posted Aug 21, 2018
Marsha B.
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Sarah is soooo accommodating. She is very encouraging! I enjoy our lessons!

Posted Aug 17, 2018
Eileen
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Sarah is great! I am learning much more quickly than I could on my own! And it is fun! Can't wait until next week!

Posted Aug 2, 2018
Praveen K.
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Sarah is an awesome teacher. I loved learning spanish with her. She runs the classes at the student's pace and makes sure that we learn and improve in each class.

Posted Jul 22, 2018
Eileen
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Sarah is so much fun, so accommodating and knowledgeable! I can't wait until our next lesson!

Posted Jul 19, 2018
Nancy N.
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This teacher got a student that was on the way to failing to passing. Fantastic instructor.

Posted Jul 6, 2018
Eileen
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Sarah is such a great teacher! I'm having so much fun reviewing and learning Spanish.

Posted Jun 21, 2018
Eileen
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So fun and helpful!! I'm excited to be learning with Sarah!

Posted Jun 14, 2018
Karma
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Sarah is a wonderful Spanish tutor and helped me a lot. I was spending time chilling out in Playa Samara for 7 weeks and needed a cheaper alternative for Spanish lessons than the language school. Sarah was an excellent choice and I am so happy I got to meet her. She helped me out so much, gave me great assignments and studywork and was excellent at explaining and giving breakdowns of the Spanish language. I highly recommend her and would definitely go back to her if I need to brush up on my lessons and definitely for a good chat with her too !!

Posted Jun 9, 2018
Chip T.
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Posted Jun 9, 2018
Loyce S.
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Bueno leccion

Posted May 25, 2018
Loyce S.
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Friendly and warm

Posted May 17, 2018
Rachel H.
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Sarah is a delight to work with and flexible based on my goals in learning. She is motivational and supportive, as well as funny and charming. I am so glad that I am using Sarah as my private Spanish teacher. :)

Posted May 16, 2018
Peter
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I love my time with Sarah. She helped me immensely . Always encouraging, supportive and knowledgeable. Go Sarah!

Posted May 15, 2018
Judith
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Patient, nice and i am learning spanish, glad i signed up snd found her....very cool and fun!!!!

Posted May 11, 2018
Larry R.
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On my way, thanks to Sarah

Posted Apr 24, 2018
Praveen K.
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AWesome class. Loved it.

Posted Apr 14, 2018
Judith
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Enjoying one on and and Sarah is so nice

Posted Mar 30, 2018
Jerry
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My first meeting with Sarah has been just as I had hoped. I researched several tutors an believed she would be good fit for me. I believe I have chosen correctly!

Sarah is very patient and a good listener. She employed many ways to access my current abilities and needs. She is easy to connect with and very personable. I am looking forward to Sarah's guidance going forward.

Posted Mar 30, 2018
Kim
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Posted Mar 20, 2018
Nancy N.
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Posted Mar 20, 2018
Loyce S.
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Friendly and fun/loving

Posted Mar 19, 2018
Jessica L.
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Sarah is a wonderful teacher! She has tailored the lessons to my Spanish level and to match my learning goals. I have enjoyed working with her to learn Spanish and highly recommend her!

Posted Mar 8, 2018
Phyllis
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Sarah is absolutely wonderful! Can't wait till my next lesson! Yay!

Posted Feb 27, 2018
Loyce S.
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Sarah is friendly and enthusiastic and partnered with me as I wish to focus primarily on CONVERSATION and I need encouragement since I feel awkward and insecure as a "beginner"

Posted Feb 26, 2018
Laurie
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I am enjoying my conversational lessons with Sarah. She is knowledgeable and helpful and respects my learning pace. Our lessons can be at her home or walking along the beach - no pressure, casual and fun along with a great textbook that is a good guide to learning. Thanks, Sarah!

Posted Feb 21, 2018
Bill
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Sarah is an excellent educator. She adapts her lessons daily to match my expectations and learning goals. She challenges me and makes learning fun. I wasn’t sure I would be able to motivate myself to learn Spanish, but with Sarah’s genuine, caring approach, I have found learning Spanish both fun and rewarding. I highly recommend Sarah as a teacher.

Posted Feb 14, 2018
Patti
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Sarah is so friendly and encouraging,, she creates an environment perfect for new and continuing students of the Spanish language. Sarah's first language is English so she can easily explain nuances of the Spanish language to English speakers learning Spanish as their second language

Posted Jan 27, 2018
Peter
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Thank you Sarah! I really enjoy our classes together. You have helped me sooo much.

Posted Jan 26, 2018
J Carol
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I am so thankful a friend recommended Sarah. I've been taking Spanish lessons from her less than three months and feel like I'm on my way to learning a second language. I'm no spring chicken so if she can teach me, anyone can learn from her. And she's a pleasure to be around, very bubbly personality.

Highly recommend!

Posted Jan 25, 2018
Dan
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Hola, I have been taking private Spanish lessons with Sarah in Samara. She is an amazing teacher. She has helped me so much with the understanding of the language as well as conversational. When I first started, my confidence was low when speaking in public, ie Shopping, going to the bank, ordering meals etc.
Now I have no problem throwing myself out there! It's fun!!

I love her teaching style as she builds on what you already know.
If your looking private lessons I highly recommend Sarah

I will continue with Sarah as I work towards fluency in Spanish. It will open your world!

Posted Jan 25, 2018
Nate
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Getting online was a breeze and Sarah connected right on time. Easily set a rappore and made my grandson feel comfortable. He reports it went very well and feels he will benefit greatly with Sarah.

Posted Jan 17, 2018
Anthony
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Pleasant class!

Posted Dec 7, 2017
Lou

Sarah helped me so much to prepare for my trip to Spain last month. I especially loved the convenience of learning online. It's like she was sitting at my kitchen table teaching me!

Posted Sep 4, 2017
Elizabeth
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Sarah was amazing tutoring my son in Spanish! He learned so much, his grades improved, and he actually looked forward to his lessons! I loved the convenience of him being tutored online. (And so did my son!) I highly recommend Sarah - five stars!!!

Posted Sep 4, 2017
Jennifer
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I am so thrilled with these Spanish lessons! Sarah makes me feel so comfortable and confident. I highly recommend her course!

Posted Sep 4, 2017
Regina
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Sarah helped take my son from a D in Spanish 2 to a high B. She made Spanish interesting and kept him motivated with humor. Thank you Sarah!!!

Posted Sep 3, 2017
Claire
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Sarah was recommended to me by a close friend whom she was teaching. Sarah made it fun and entertaining, and I learned enough Spanish to get through my visit to Venezuela! I want to take an advanced class in the next month or so, as I plan to visit Costa Rica on my next vacation.

Posted Sep 3, 2017
KT
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Sarah is a fun and knowledgeable teacher! And the setting could not be better. What a perfect way to learn Spanish - in gorgeous Costa Rica with a lovely Spanish teacher who is patient and kind and smart. Thanks, Sarah!

Posted Sep 3, 2017
A. Willis

Sarah worked wonders tutoring some of my Spanish students from school! I appreciate how she offered personalized instruction to help get them caught up quickly in class. Highly recommend!

Posted Sep 3, 2017

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Experience

International Travel Agent
Aug 2002 - Jun 2009

PGA TOUR

High School Spanish Teacher
Jan 1996 - Jan 1997

Loganville High School

Education

Foreign Language Certification
Jan 1984 - Jan 1985

Georgia State University

BA Spanish Education
Sep 1981 - May 1984

Georgia State University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Secondary Teacher of a Foreign Language
Dec 1990

Georgia State University

Affiliations

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Jun 2017
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,000 language educators, students, and administrators.
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Feb 2017
The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese promotes the study and teaching of the Spanish and Portuguese languages and their corresponding Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian, and other related literatures and cultures at all levels of education.

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