I am currently working as an all-level substitute in the Mansfield school district. I did, however, accept a full-time English teaching position at a high school in Arlington for the 2012-2013 school year, which I am thrilled about! My goals and aspirations include passing the EC-12 Spanish exam (which I will take in July) so that I will be able to teach both English and Spanish concurrently next year. I also intend on going back to school for my Master's in English in the future, but would like to get some more teaching experience under my belt first. Eventually, I hope to teach at the junior college level. I spent my first year at a junior college in Vernon, Texas and LOVED the experience and the professors. I have tutored elementary- to college-aged students in English and Spanish. I worked as a volunteer/tutor at the Hispanic Center of Northeast Arkansas in college where I tutored English- and Spanish-only speaking elementary students. At the same time, I also worked in Arkansas State's language lab where I tutored college-aged students in Spanish. I also have a fourteen year old sister-in-law and a twenty year old brother-in-law that frequently ask for my help on their English or Spanish homework. I guess I would say that is tutoring/mentoring, too! When tutoring students, I feel it is imperative to first find out where the student is in his/her studies. What is s/he understanding and what exactly is giving him/her trouble? From here, I feel a review of items that the student feels comfortable with is in order because many subjects--English and Spanish included--often require building on prior knowledge. Without a solid base, the student cannot progress as quickly or efficiently. From here, an individualized plan should be implemented in which the student's specific learning style is incorporated. And finally, throughout the entire tutoring process a mutual respect and rapport between tutor and student must be established, which comes from getting to know one another as people, not just as teacher/student.Fun Facts: I love all things English: writing, grammar, reading, editing, word origins . . . even tea and crumpets! Some people might say I'm "nerdy" because of this, but as important as math and science are, English is right there with them. No matter what job a person has or where life puts him/her, s/he MUST know how to speak, write, and read. Yes, it's THAT important! Aside from these things, I love learning about different cultures, hiking, gardening, listening to music, learning other languages (although at this time I am completely focused on becoming fluent in one other language--Spanish), spending time with my husband, traveling, and just being outdoors as much as possible.