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Mary Sico

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About Me

For the past three years, I have been living in Colombia and working as an ESL/English Language Arts teacher. Since moving to Colombia, I have become fluent in Spanish, so I understand firsthand the struggles that learning and improving a language can bring, both for natives and language learners.

In addition to my experience as a classroom teacher for middle and high school, I have five years of prior experience as a tutor, beginning at the University of Pittsburgh's English Language Institute, working both one-on-one with students and in small groups. As a tutor, I specialized in conversation and test prep (IELTS/TOEFL), helping students pass their exam interviews.

I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English Writing and have published short fiction and creative non-fiction in several small publications. While improving your writing can seem like a daunting task, there are many strategies to improve grammar, diction and syntax which can immediately make a difference in your writing.

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2015 - 2015
120 TEFL Certificate
2010 - 2015
B.A. English Writing
University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, USA

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2017 - 2018
English and Science Teacher
La Sierra International School - Valledupar, Colombia
Design classes according to Common Core standards; plan 50-minute lesson plans and collect resources to implement them ● Maintain classroom discipline and create an environment conducive to learning ● Assess and encourage the individual progress of more than 60 students across three grade levels over three academic semesters; provide individualized support to students who required it ● Present new material to students and check for comprehension; develop and implement activities for students to apply and refine knowledge and skills ● Meet with parents and administration to coordinate efforts to improve student performance and meet individual student needs ● Contributed to the school’s accreditation by AdvancED
2016 - 2017
English Teaching Fellow
Colombia Bilingüe • Institución Educativa CASD Simón Bolívar - Valledupar, Colombia
Taught English as a foreign language to public high school students in ninth through eleventh grade ● Planned and gather resources to implement classes to six mixed-level sections (A0-B1) averaging forty students per class ● Organized a weekly cultural exchange club to give students a space to explore United States’ culture as well as share that of Valledupar ● Lead one hour weekly of advanced (B2/C1) English classes to four Colombian English teachers ● Organized and co-implement Valledupar English Immersion Day, a free day-camp-style English event for 120 public school children in Valledupar
2015 - 2015
Talk Time Leader for EFL Students
English Language Institute • University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, USA
Improved English conversational fluency in intermediate (B1/B2) adult EFL students ● Planned engaging speaking and listening lessons for a small groups of eight to 12 students