- More than fifteen years of experience teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language in various classroom settings.
- Tutoring Spanish for individuals or small groups in different fields including, but not limited to, Spanish for Business, Spanish for Travelers, Spanish for Christian Missionaries...
- Tutoring English as a Second Language to individuals
- Experience with modern student-centered teaching techniques, curriculum development and implementation of technology in the classroom.
- Writing three self-published books
As graduates we are expected to conduct research-based inquiry, including articulation of complex disciplinary and interdisciplinary problems, effective evaluation and analysis of primary and secondary sources, and integration of relevant information into original discourse. These course taught me to recognize genre, to write to a specific audience about other writings, including paraphrase, summary, and synthesis, to read critically and self-edit my own grammar and style, to produce writing characterized by organization, unity, specific support, appropriate word choice, standard usage, and correct grammar, spelling, and mechanics. I also learned to collaborate with peers to create papers and improve writing, and to gather and use credible sources to inform an argument. They also taught me to position myself as a writer and researcher within an academic community, to read critically and analyze other writer's work, to produce college-level essays characterized by organization, unity, specific support, appropriate word choice, standard usage, and correct grammar and spelling.
"Imagination is more important than Intelligence."
I am a living proof of that statement!
I was raised by a poor single mother who was very naive. She was very abused by the men in her life. She chose men who used her and mistreated her. The result: She became harsh and resented. When I was eight, my mom married a man who perpetuated what she had learned to expect: more abuse and cruelty. By the age of nine I had been molested and sexually abused twice by irresponsible adults that were supposed to take care of me. But I knew there had to be a better place somewhere. A place where people knew how to love and respect you. But by age 16 I was repeating my mom's pattern of choosing the wrong men. I continued to be used and abused until I found myself trying to end it all. My attempt to commit suicide was a desperate cry for help. But no one understood it. Then I ran away from home. The streets seemed a safer place for me than my step-father's house.
I went to the wrong places searching for true love, but found none. By age 18 I was living with the owner of the nightclub where I went most nights after work. I worked all day and study at night since I had dropped out of high school and now I was trying to finish to get my diploma so that I could better myself. This man fathered my only daughter. He was an alcoholic and a drug addict and I new that If I didn't leave him, I was going to finish in a very bad place. I probably would not have cared, but now I had a child who needed me and I loved her more than anything in the world. I left that situation and jumped into the unknown only with my faith in God and my desire for a better future for my little girl. God presented me with an opportunity to leave my country and come to the United States when I married a US citizen.
When my little girl and I came to the USA with my husband, back in 1983, we did not speak English. It was a very frustrating time, but as you probably know frustration can be a very positive thing. It can be a catalyst for change. It has the potential to destroy you or build you up. That is something we must decide at one point or another. Whenever I am faced with a challenge, I stop and ask myself: Am I going to let something bad destroy me? or Am I going to use it to improve my life?
I had a burning desire to learn English so that I could at least help my little girl with her homework. You know that kids learn so quickly and so she was like a little sponge absorbing everything. She began speaking English way before I did. Within few months, I asked my husband that I wanted to go to school and learn so that I could go to college later on.
I began attending the English as a second language (ESL) program at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. I worked really hard because the older you get the more difficult it is to learn a second language. I really wanted to be proficient in all the skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, while my little girl attended kindergarten and began to learn English herself. By the end of the kindergarten year, she was speaking very well, but I was still having a hard time.
I used to sit and imagine myself speaking fluently and going to college in the United States way before I learned about the secret and the law of attraction. I did it like a child dreaming of being better and having things that were not supplied for me in an repressed environment .
I came from a very abusive atmosphere, surrounded by dream breakers that did not know any better and who were not able to come out of their poor
abusive mentality. Let me make clear that I only tell you about my childhood as a background information. Just to show you the power of the human spirit. Because if a poor kid from Costa Rica like me, who was abused and denied of the family support and nourishment needed to flourish into adulthood, could succeed and thrive against all odds, then you know that with God all things are possible.
After I learned enough English, then my dream took me to the next level. I took the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) which measures your ability to use and understand the English language as it is read, written, heard, and spoken in university classrooms. Just passing the TOEFL did not only gave me the confidence that I needed to face a new life as a non-traditional student, since I was already in my late thirties, in the University setting but also opened the doors for amazing things in my life. But in the meantime, my relationship with my husband deteriorated and after five years of marriage, things got complicated and we found ourselves unhappy with each other. We got divorced, and I went back to college. Another blow, but I was not going to give up. Now I was more determined to get my education and become financially independent.
I attended Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, and I graduated with a degree in Education. Yes, it took me longer than the average students, and probably twice the hard work, but in the end I not only graduated, but I did it with high above average GPA. I was more convinced than ever that if you persevere no matter what, eventually you will succeed! That was the fulfillment of my intellectual American dream: To graduate from college and become a teacher. With much effort and hard work and a lot of Mental Images of course I graduated from college in the USA, and to became a translator and Bilingual Teacher. I went on to accomplish exactly what I had imagine. But things were not meant to be easily accomplished for me. In my pursuit, I had neglected other mental and spiritual aspects of my life. It was around the time when I was almost finishing my Senior year in college that I was diagnosed with a terminal cancer. The doctors gave me no hope. Since I was struggling financially, I had decided that semester not to take the student insurance. I thought it was such bad luck. Can you imagine getting that sick without insurance in this country?
I was desperate. But again what does not kill you only has the potential to make you stronger, if you let it of course! Doctors gave me 2 years to live. My fiancée, my daughter, and I were devastated. For a while, I thought he would just walked out on me, as I had seen it in a lot of cases when people leave their partners or spouses when they get sick. But to my surprise, he did exactly the opposite. He married me despite the prognosis. Together we embarked in a journey searching for an alternative treatment that could save my life. My graduation had to be postponed for now until the following year. We went to Athens, Greece to take this treatment that everyone else considered a scam. The doctor had been accused of being a quack and my orthodox doctors were very reluctant to give this doctor any credibility. We went anyway. I had nothing to lose! This Greek doctor was the only hope I had at this point. The treatment was something I took on pure faith. We had no idea what the "serum" he gave his patients was or what was in it. We just took it in pure faith, hoping and trusting that it would work.
Faith, Hope, Trust: Three important ingredients of successful healing.
A man we met in Baton Rouge who had taken the treatment as well, recommended that every afternoon after coming back from taking the treatment, I lie down and listen to a Healing meditation tape that he had let me borrow. The message was exactly a guided imagery that takes one into this healing place. I would put my earphones on and would go to sleep listening to it. Another friend recommended that I recite the Psalm 23 which after a month of repeating it over and over, I learned it by heart, and today I have added the Lord's Prayer to my list of memorized prayers that are a perfect weapon for negative thinking. I still say it everyday at least once a day and before going to bed imagining myself in a place of green pastures besides tranquil waters of healing and peace.
It worked for me! Absolutely! It's like learning a foreign language: perseverance and repetition--that's one of the keys to learning anything. My mind picked it up and made it its own. Now I can retrieve it in times of distress and trouble. Try it sometimes. You will be amazed.
I believe that there is so much more to healing than we will ever figure out. One thing I know: Trust, Surrender, and Wait in Silence. "Be still and know that I Am God," said the Bible. I Invite the Holy Spirit everyday and I know that God comes and makes His dwelling within me.
As a Christian, I believe in the healing power of God through Jesus Christ. We assist our own healing when we believe and accept Him as our personal
Healer and Saviour. Healing begins inside. I had to surrender my life to Christ in order to heal my mind, my heart. I also use other natural ways to help my body heal itself. I am here because of God's Grace. I believe in His report of Victory and Healing.
I trust in Him with All my Heart despite what skeptical people think. I am here to testify to the power that is available to you when you BELIEVE and TRUSTin God. If you would like some guidance on how to do what I did, please don't hesitate to contact me. I will be delighted to help you!
I have pursued independent studies in Spiritual Healing and The Bible in my desire to learn about God's Promises of Healing.
I am not here to preach but to share what I know and practice. My desire is to help people become more aware of the God-given mental powers that they can posses and use them to better themselves and succeed.
I wish YOU the BEST in Your Search for Healing, Health, and financial FREEDOM.
Have a Blessed Day, In fact MAKE it an Awesome Day!
Now, here is a little bit of information about my Personality
According to https://www.personalitymax.com
INFP: Dreamer · Visionary · Introverted · Intrapersonal · Linguistic · Musical · Visual · Right-Brained
We all have a set of unique traits that makes us who we are.
The study of personality identifies and organizes our characteristics and behaviors in such a way as to help us better understand ourselves.
There are four pairs of opposite preferences. Everybody has a greater tendency toward one preference than the other in each pair. For example, in Thinking vs. Feeling, I have a stronger tendency toward Feeling.
I am Intuitive + Feeling = Known as Visionary.
People can be classified as having one of four temperaments. The idea that there are four temperaments has been around for centuries and is useful for painting a broad picture of a person. We identify temperament by a person's preference letters. For example, since I prefer Intuition (N) and Feeling (F), my temperament is NF.
My Personality Type
Personality Type is more specific than temperament. In fact, there are four personality types within each temperament, for a total of 16 distinct types. As with temperament, personality type is also identifiedby the letters of your dominant preferences. A detailed picture can be painted for each personality type.
Add the mind to all of this. A person has a natural set of Multiple Intelligences (logical, linguistic, musical, etc.) in which they excel as well as preferred Learning Styles (auditory, visual, etc.). Further, Hemispheric Dominance (which side of your brain is utilized more often) plays a role in shaping your personality.
• I am 93% more Introverted than the average
• I am part of the minority of people who are primarily Introverted
• Males on average are slightly more Introverted than females
Introversion is characterized by a preference to focus on the inside world. Introverts are energized by spending time alone
or with a small group. They find large group gatherings draining because they seek depth instead of breadth of relationships. Introverts process information internally. They are great listeners and think before talking (most of the time anyway:)
Characteristics of Introversion
• Energized by time alone
• Keeps to self
• Internally aware
• Fewer friends
• Prefers smaller groups
• Thinks before speaking
• Enjoys solitude