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Rachel Durston

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Note: I will not be giving classes for the months of July and August. I will be back in September. Thank you!

Hi! My name is Rachel and I´ve been teaching more than ten years to kids and adults. I'm originally from the United States and speak English natively. I´ve lived in Chile since 2015, currently in La Serena where I teach many subjects, including English as a second language in both private and group classes.
I view language learning as incredibly important because all other subjects and themes can be investigated through the teaching of language and, most importantly, because stereotypes and borders can be broken down by getting to know one another. Language is a great aid in that quest.
To present new language concepts, I use clear modeling, visual props, physical cues (TPR) to help the students integrate the concepts not only into their mind, but into their physical memory as well. I also incorporate drama and voice techniques to help the student pronounce difficult sounds. I find it very important to connect the student's life and personal goals to the class theme and style so that the content has real-world meaning for him/her and it becomes easier for s/he to practice out of the classroom. I provide students with the tools they need in order to grow and then encourage their independence. I give the student the space and security to speak and err and speak again. For me, listening to each individual with a supportive and constructive ear is essential so that I can provide appropriate feedback and challenges for the student, along with the support necessary to reach those challenges. This way of teaching often leads to the student surprising themselves with their capacities and therefore greater confidence in self-expression and communication.
My personal experience learning Spanish has allowed me to live in another country and humbly learn another culture and perspective, work in a 1-of-a-kind school and help bring people together through communication. I want to help others realize the gifts the universe has in store for them by helping them communicate on a deeper level with others.
If you would like a lesson, but don´t see a time that works for you, please message me! My schedule changes quickly.

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2019 - 2019
TESOL-VIPKid Foundations
TESOL - internet
Foundations of Teaching English Online
2008 - 2009
TeachNOLA Teaching Fellows Program
The New Teacher Project - New Orleans, LA
highly selective cohort committed to raising achievement in New Orleans´highest needs schools, recipient of Effective and Exemplary ratings by assessors
2004 - 2008
B.A. Theatre
Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
Focus in theatre education, recipient of Carlson Scholarship, Dean´s List multiple quarters


English Teacher (ESL)
VIPKid - China (internet)
Teaching Chinese children English through internet platform
2015 - 2016
Teacher, grade 3
International Preparatory School - Santiago, Chile
planning and teaching English, ESL, mathematics, history, geography, life skills and science; evaluating students and communicating with parents about progress
2013 - 2014
Teacher, Grade 8 and Math Department Chair
Arthur Ashe Charter School - New Orleans, LA
planning and implementing lessons, supporting math teachers through weekly observation, feedback and modeling; planning and leading profesional development for math teachers
2008 - 2013
Teacher, Middle School Math and Literacy; Middle School Math Chair; Drama Club Director
Alice Harte School - New Orleans, LA
planning and implementing math curriculums; developing verbally aligned curriculums; integrating literacy and English fluency throughout curriculum; leading students in creative drama expression
2016 - 0
Teacher, ages 6 - 15
Virtud y Saber, Project of Feducación - La Serena, Chile
planning and implementing a curriculum based on values, yoga and projects, teaching English as a second language
2016 - 0
Private English Tutor
Private - La Serena, Chile
planning private English classes for native Spanish-speakers, creating educational games, implementing lessons and responding to students´ needs with feedback and support


2008 - 2012
Louisiana Teaching Certificate
Louisiana Department of Education - New Orleans, LA
based on University Education and Alternative Education Program, NTP