Victor Pena

Victor P.

Austin, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a native Spanish speaker since I was born and raised in Mexico City. To this day I have continued to communicate with my family exclusively in full Spanish and we pride ourselves in respectfully avoiding the blending of English and Spanish, which occurs so often and takes away from the integrity of both beautiful languages.

As part of my College degree I hold a Minor in Latin American Studies, which involved several courses, all writing-intensive and all requiring extensive reading of Spanish-language literature. Among these courses was the" Art of Spanish Translation."

I have traveled throughout Mexico and Spain, as well as to Puerto Rico, and Chile, which has exposed me to several of the many accents in the language. I am proud to observe, even if I am perhaps somewhat biased, that in my experience, Mexican Spanish is one of the clearest and most universally understood and easy-to-learn forms of the language since it denotes each and every letter and the sounds aren't as nuanced as in other countries.

I look forward to sharing my love for my mother language with you and wish you all the very best in mastering it.

About Victor P.

Learning and sharing knowledge are my life. As a medical doctor, surgeon and health coach I've done plenty of studying, learning from others, teaching, explaining, listening and communicating effectively. As a tutor I look forward to getting to know your unique way of thinking about your particular academic challenge.

I am highly flexible and contactable. I only keep a small and select group of students that I know well and go the extra mile for. This enables me to adapt to their style and needs.

As a surgeon I've had to explain very complex medical concepts to people of all ages and walks of life, often in challenging and emotionally-charged circumstances. This has honed my communication skills and heightened the satisfaction I get from getting a concept across to my student and ultimately watching him/her master it.

Einstein once wrote, "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all art and science." I believe the mysterious is beautiful because it dares us to understand it. All humans are experts at understanding. I love proving this to each and every one of my students.

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Education

Medical Degree: M.D. [M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O.]
Aug 1996 - May 2002

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Bachelor of Arts, Biology
Aug 1991 - May 1995

Hamilton College

Languages

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Health Coach
Sep 2014

American Council on Exercise

The current gold standard in evidence-based health coach training. The only health coach certification accredited by the NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies).
Precision Nutrition Coach
May 2014

Precision Nutrition

Professional, research-driven sport & exercise nutrition. American College of Sports Medicine-approved. National Academy of Sports Medicine-approved. American Council on Exercise-approved.

Awards

Sigma Xi Certificate of Recognition
Apr 1995

Sigma Xi Research Honor Society

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