Teresa Kim

Teresa K.

Arlington Heights, IL

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


I am a current public school Spanish teacher in Illinois.
I grew up in Argentina, and I spend my school years and graduated university there and also had more than 10 years working with Spanish-speaking customers and employees. I've taught Spanish in schools and in learning centers as well as private lessons since 2007.

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Teresa teaches



Teresa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 11 to 80

Teaching since:
May 2007


I'm a current Spanish teacher in public school.
I grew up in Argentina and also have work experiences with native speakers from Central America in CA & Texas for 5 years.

I have Bachelor's degree in Argentina and Master of Education in US with teaching license.
I taught hundreds of students of all ages.

I am also a Certified Rater for the AAPPL TEST (Official Spanish Test for the SEAL OF BILITERACY).


AAPPL Certified Rater (Spanish)
Feb 2019 - Present
ACTFL / Language Testing International

AAPPL Certified Rater of official language exam in order to obtain the SEAL OF BILITERACY in High School Diploma.

School Spanish teacher
Jul 2016 - Present
ZC Middle School

Licensed teacher at public school

May 2007 - Present

• Individual lessons and Afterschool Spanish Programs at Schools.
• Lesson plans for all classes including Conversation, Reading, Grammar, and Vocabulary Development for beginners through advanced level.
• Instructed Spanish language by introducing interactive activities, according students' age.

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Dec 2014 - Jun 2018
Language Stars

* Spanish Teacher with Language Stars' Fun-Immersion Method.
* Teaching groups 3-5, 5-8 and 8-10 in the Centers, o at Schools

Jan 2016 - Mar 2016
Lake Zurich Middle School North

• Taught Spanish courses to students in 6 - 8
• Utilized cooperative learning strategies emphasizing use of language in meaningful contexts
• Developed engaging lesson plans, assessments and differentiated strategies

Jan 2010 - May 2010
St. Luke Lutheran School -Itasca, IL

• Taught weekly lessons to Kindergarten class with basic Spanish expressions and conversations
• Achieved motivating the students to start with foreign language learning and lively participation in the class

Apr 2002 - Sep 2006
Ceragem International (CA, USA)

• Managed hiring, supervised and trained Spanish-speaking customer service staff.
• Provided daily presentations in Spanish language to group of 20~150 customers.
• Translated company operation manuals from English to Spanish language

• Provided 3+ conferences every day in Spanish to group of 20~150 customers with product presentation and healthy life recommendations.

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Apr 1998 - Mar 2002
BBVA & Banco Societe Generale (Argentina)

• Commercial counseling to customers in international banks.
• Customer Service in branch, and also via telemarketing.


Spanish Teacher K-12 Certification Program / MEd
Apr 2015 - Apr 2019
National Louis University
Spanish Literature
Sep 2014 - Apr 2015
University of Wisconsin
Bachelor Degree in ARGENTINA
Mar 1993 - Mar 1999
UADE (Universidad Argentina de la Empresa) - ARGENTINA
Secondary School with teaching orientation in ARGENTINA
Mar 1986 - Dec 1991
Instituto Ana Maria Janer, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Fluent / Native Proficiency


AAPPL language exam rater
Feb 2019
ACTFL / Language Testing International (LTI)

Certified Rater for the official exam AAPPL to obtain SEAL of BILITERACY in high school diploma

IL Professional Educator Licence
Mar 2016
ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education)

Current IL Teacher License with K-12 Spanish Language endorsement.

TBE (Illinois Trasitional Bilingual Educator - Spanish/English) License
Nov 2015
ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education)

This Transitional Bilingual Educator is issued by the IL State Board of Education, to teach in schools as a Spanish-English bilingual teacher.


American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Jan 2019

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.

Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Jul 2016

The purposes of the Council are to improve the study and teaching of modern and classical languages and their literature and cultures at all levels of instruction. Their vision is for all Illinois students to be proficient in a second language, helping them to become world-class learners and global communicators. To offer support and guidance to all those who educate students learning a second language. To find and support new ways to incorporate second language learning in students and education.

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American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Nov 2014

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.

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14 Reviews

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Marta Oct 18, 2018
Spanish · In home

Very nice and knowledgeable teacher. My 8 years old daughter is usually very shy but Teresa has made her very comfortable and engaged with the lessons. Highly recommended.

David B. Jul 11, 2018
Spanish · In studio

first day was very nice. We got organized and I got lots of home work. I hope I can keep up. She is very knowledgeable and helpful.

I look forward to future lessons.

Agnes May 30, 2018
Spanish · In home

Very good explanations and easily adjusts to individual needs of the student.

Anna J. Apr 12, 2018
Spanish · In home

It is an absolute pleasure to work with Teresa. She really makes an effort
( despite me and my daughter being at different level ) to accommodate both of us. My daughter very much likes talking in Spanish with Teresa. She corrects her right away, which is an excellent learning experience. I love the idea that she gives us a little homework, it makes you sit down and work on your Spanish not only during the class. We really looking forward to keep working with Teresa

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Iris G. Jan 5, 2018
Spanish · In home

Simply the nicest, down to earth Profesora you want as your teacher!

Iris Dec 11, 2017
Spanish · In home

It was a pleasure to meet such a dedicated and outgoing teacher. Teresa was warm, friendly and undertstanding. Her initial request for us to try and only communicate in spanish, finding my spanish definitely limited, she assured that I should at least try and get across as well as I can words that dont come to me easily. she will always help me through it. This calmed my recall anxiety and made me feel more confident that in addition to her patience she is the teacher to assist me in achieving one of my goals in 2018 to reclaim my idioma, eventually become fluent, and go on to either help other persons trying to achieve the same goal or by working parttime in a position where I can provide good communication in customer service.

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Pepe May 19, 2017
Spanish · In studio

I loved Ms Kim's class. I had lots of fun. I got kicked out of the class but that's ok.

Shane May 19, 2017
Spanish · In studio

Miss Kim was my favorite teacher EVERRRRRRRR!!!!!!! SHE IS THE BEST AND I LEARNED SO MUCH!!!!

Kyle Sep 24, 2015
Spanish · In home

Teresa has been absolutely wonderful. She is working with my son Kyle who has been failing Spanish 2. They have had 3 session and Teresa said he is catching on quickly. Kyle has said that Teresa is very easy to work with and likes her very much. Thank you Teresa!

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Chris R. Aug 20, 2015
Spanish · In home

Teresa is a great teacher, she is engaged and learning is fun. My level is a beginner, but I feel I will make a quick progress thanks to her.

Jubin Jul 6, 2015
Spanish ·

It was very fun and easy to learn, I got it right away! She's very patient and fun, and it was a blast for me.

Michelle L. Apr 23, 2015
Spanish · In studio

Anyone interested in learning Spanish, but feeling hopeless and like you will never be able to speak the language? That is how I felt until I decided to give Language Stars a chance and found Teresa! She is an amazing teacher! She truly cares about your success and takes the time to help you learn! I have only been working with Teresa a few months and my confidence has already been boosted and I am flourishing! Meet Teresa and just give her a chance and you will not regret it!!!! Good luck!

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Lucas J. Apr 18, 2015
Spanish · In studio

Teresa is an awesome teacher ,she really put her 100% during the classes .she makes Spanish easier to learn and understand . I always look forward to the next week and to learn something new ! If you look for good experience and professional teacher , she is the ONE !!!

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kum C. Feb 19, 2015
Spanish · In studio

Learning Spanish has been a great experience for me. Teacher Teresa has helped me to learn Spanish even though it can be a bit hard at times. Although, now Spanish is considerably easier now. I, in fact teach some Spanish to my mom and siblings. If they had asked before, no matter how much I wanted to, I wouldn't have been able to teach them nothing more than Hola and Gracias. Spanish allows me to experience a whole new world of language.

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