Middle & High School
Middle & High School Foreign Languages
Diana teaches Spanish in Upper School at Ramaz School. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied linguistics from Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain, where she was recognized with the award of Cum Laude for her Doctor's thesis, and also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the same institution, as well as a Bachelor of Arts and diploma in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia. Diana has tutored a variety of students of all levels in one-on-one lessons and evaluated students through oral proficiency interviews for more than ten years. In addition to her extensive teaching experience at the university and high school level, she has served as a lead curriculum designer in different schools and colleges, has presented at a variety of conferences, and has been published in several journals on foreign language acquisition and educational programs. Diana is an expert in teaching advanced students and preparing them to take the AP test in Spanish and SAT subject test.
Spencer teaches Chinese in the Upper Division at Avenues: The World School. He teaches grades 9 through 12 Chinese as well as an Eastern Philosophy seminar and Kungfu for WAM (Wellness and Movement). Spencer has over a decade’s worth of teaching experience in martial arts and foreign language as well as his own study of the Chinese language. He also served as a Chinese instructor at the Middlebury College Chinese school. He previously worked as the Assistant Director of the Middlebury School in China (Beijing), a branch of the CET Academic Programs. Spencer earned a B.A. in Chinese studies and Japanese studies from the University at Albany. In addition to Mandarin Chinese, Spencer also speaks Japanese and Hebrew. When he’s not teaching, Spencer loves training Kungfu at the Shaolin monastery in China, studying East and South-Asian religions and playing with every dog he sees.
Kate is a trilingual (French, Spanish, English) professor with a BA in English literature from Georgetown University, and Masters in French from Middlebury College. She has taught in the United States, France and Spain. In New York, she has taught French and Spanish at the Spence School and Mercy College. She also leads improv workshops in French and Spanish, most recently at Loyola Blakefield School in Baltimore, Maryland. She loves travelling and spending time with her nephews.
Cristina teaches Spanish in the Upper School division of Saint David’s School in Manhattan. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Middlebury College in Madrid, Spain, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, from The College of William & Mary. During her 10+ years at Saint David's, she has taught Spanish at all grade levels (pre-K-8) and had a significant role in designing and implementing the current Spanish/FLES curriculum at the school. Cristina has extensive experience tutoring Spanish to private school students in both middle and high school. With a passion for languages, curiosity about other cultures, and an interest in educational travel, Cristina has spent significant time independently studying and traveling throughout the Spanish-speaking world. She has also co-directed several different language and cultural immersion programs for middle and high school students in both Spain and Italy during summer breaks.
Jen currently teaches high school and has taught all levels of Spanish at Friends Seminary for the past ten years. She previously taught Spanish in Louisville, Kentucky for two years. A gifted and kind teacher, Jennifer received her Masters in Spanish from Middlebury College and has spent a great deal of time studying abroad in Spain.
Jacques has taught French at the Brearley School for many years at all levels, grades 5-12. He currently teaches grades 6,7,8,9 and 11th grade Literature and Culture. He previously taught over ten years as an adjunct instructor at Fordham University and as a teaching assistant at NYU. While in graduate school, he administered the Foreign Service Institute test of speaking proficiency in French for the Peace Corps. He is also a writer, editor and literary translator. TLS called The Comic Romance, his 2012 translation of Paul Scarron’s 1651 seminal novel, Le roman comique, “[a] readable and entertaining translation [that] is a welcome revival of a comic classic.”
Danielle has over ten years of experience as a tutor and classroom teacher in both New York and London. She previously taught Latin (7th, 8th, 9th, and 11th grades) and ancient Greek (11th-12th grades) at the Brearley School, where she received the 2018 faculty award for her commitment to students and the school community. She holds a first-class B.A. from Cambridge University and an M.St. with Distinction from Oxford, both in Classics. While completing her Ph.D. at Princeton, she was a graduate instructor in Classics and academic writing, and received an award for teaching excellence for her beginners’ Latin course. She tutors online internationally and seeks to bring kindness, patience, and creativity to her interactions with all her students. Alongside teaching, Danielle spends her time training in counseling and writing biographies to help rescued cats find their new forever homes.
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Anna is a native of France who has been tutoring French to teenagers and adults for years. She has worked with high school students and adults and has been a freelance tutor both in France (mathematics, sciences and French) and in the USA (French, French diction). She has also been teaching music initiation in French to young children (Kindergarten and 1st grade). A former aerospace engineer at the French space agency (CNES), Anna has a masters in genetic engineering from Centrale Nantes, France, and specialized in aerospace engineering at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. In addition to tutoring French, Anna has been a professional opera singer since 2011, and is also fluent in English and Italian. Currently based on the Upper West Side of NYC, Anna teaches online internationally.
Kaori has taught Japanese for more than ten years and has worked for a language institute in New York City. She received a B.A. from University of Tsukuba (Japanese National University) and an M.P.S. degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to Japanese and English, Kaori speaks Mandarin, which she studied at Shanghai Teachers University for two years. She is adept at supporting students from various age groups and all levels of skill, and customizes her study materials to support school textbooks or examinations. She also enjoys teaching students about Japanese culture and customs. Kaori spent two years of high school at Cranbrook Academy and is familiar with independent school expectations.
Anne is a native of Lyon, France, who has tutored French to children and adults with different needs and learning styles. She teaches the mechanics of French grammar with a combination of rigor, creativity and personalized attention, instilling in students self-confidence and a love for the French language and culture. She also tutors Latin (Levels I and II) and coaches college applicants to prepare and present portfolios for admission into top visual arts programs. She holds a Master Degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, magna cum laude.
Kate has been teaching/tutoring since 2009. She started in Manhattan’s Chinatown and Upper East Side, then Long Island’s Friends Academy, where she served as advisor, assistant dean, coach, and Spanish teacher. Kate studied at Brown University, and earned two Master’s degrees in Spanish and Education from Middlebury College in Madrid and Fordham University in NYC. Kate has extensive experience with a wide range of students; she specializes in differentiated learning, organizational techniques, study skills, study abroad immersion, character building, cross-cultural understanding, and Spanish proficiency. Currently a freelance tutor and educational consultant, Kate has a positive demeanor, patient approach, passion for teaching, and excellent understanding of language learners.
Caleb has years of experience in teaching and tutoring Latin with upper and middle school students in New York City. He currently teaches ancient Greek and Latin to undergraduates at Columbia University, where he earned his M.A. and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Classics. A native Texan, he obtained his B.A. from Baylor University, where his honors thesis was awarded Best in the Humanities. Having encountered ancient languages at an early age, Caleb enjoys helping students of all levels learn to appreciate the challenging but rewarding study of Latin.
Jessica was born and raised in China and moved to New York as a high schooler. She is a full-time teacher, teaching 9th to 12th grade Mandarin at Little Red School House (LREI) in the west village. Prior to teaching at LREI, Jessica also taught Mandarin in two other public schools in Lower East Side and worked as a program coordinator to arrange museum tours for pre-k children and their families to promote learning new culture and language. Jessica holds an MA in TESOL & Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from New York University.
Samantha teaches Spanish and ESL at Millennium Brooklyn High School, and has tutored students of all ages in NYC public and private schools. Trilingual in Spanish, French and English, Samantha has tutored in all three languages. She grew up in Westchester, where she cultivated her love of languages at the French American School of NY. After graduating from McGill University, she spent three years abroad, working for the Chilean Ministry of Education, and honing her Spanish skills. Passionate about teaching, she completed her masters at NYU in ESL and Spanish Education. Samantha had been an enthusiastic educator for over a decade, and particularly enjoys building students’ confidence in their own language proficiency.
Matt is an Upper School French Teacher at Grace Church School. Prior to working at GCS, Matt taught all levels of French at The Chapin School, where he also organized the French exchange program. He graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from The Johns Hopkins University, with majors in French and Music, before completing an MA in French Cultural Studies at Columbia University Reid Hall, in Paris. He also holds an MA and MPhil in French & Romance Philology from Columbia University. While teaching French at Columbia, Matt was awarded the Jeanne Varney Pleasant Award for excellence in French Pedagogy. He has lived in France for 3 years, one of which he spent studying at the Ecole Normale Superieure. After his graduate studies, he taught at Yeshiva University where he helped develop the major and minor programs of study in the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures. An avid linguaphile, Matt also speaks Spanish and is learning Arabic. In his free time he enjoys playing the piano and hiking his way through the Grandes Randonnées, having recently completed the tour de Mont Blanc in the Alps and a hike around Toubkal in the High Atlas.