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Graduated with a degree in tourism at the Universidad Politecnica de Nicaragua.
* 2005 - Spanish tutoring at Nicaragua School of Spanish (NSS) in San Juan del Sur.
* 2007 - Continued tutoring and worked as a bartender and waitress at El Buen Gusto Restaurant in the evenings.
* 2007 - Logistics assistant for Stemonsa, a Swiss owned construction company until it closed in 2008.
* 2008 - Spanish tutor at the Association of Cultural Promotion Program (APC)
* 2009 - Head receptionist full time at Hotel La Estacion. I got my picture taken with the famous Canadian actor Justin Chatwen. Ha ha.
* 2015 - Worked for Aurora Beach Real Estate which is a rental and property management company
* 2016 - to present have been tutoring in the mornings at The Spanish School Spanish Ya in San Juan del Sur. It was a real coincidence when one of my students told me her son was a friend of Justin Chatwen and showed me a picture of them taken together.
I have worked for various other Spanish schools The work tends to be fragmented because most of the students come in the summer when tourism peaks and then there are very few opportunities the rest of the year, causing us to seek employment else where.
I have enjoyed tutoring because unlike teaching I have the flexibility to tailor my instruction to my student’s needs and desires. I’ve taught students from the U.S., Canada, Holland, Norway, Italy, Australia, Germany, Russia, Israel, Korea, Japan and Australia so I am a vicarious world traveler! One student who was a lot of fun was the director of the famous Circus of Soleil.
I live with my husband, Max, and my daughter, Janice, who is 12 years old.
My Mom was one of the first pioneers who had the vision for teaching Spanish in Nicaragua. She trained my sister and I and a large number of teachers in this area and ran several schools, so Spanish tutoring is the family business I grew up in. Unfortunately she dies last year of cancer. We inherited her parrot, Adela, who lives with us but we haven’t succeeded in teaching her to speak much Spanish or any other language for that matter. She does blow us kisses occasionally, though, which makes us smile.
Aura has taught students from all over the world for the past 12 years. She used to teach in a school in Laguna de Apoyo which was run by an American where she received excellent training. She fully understands advanced grammar and is good at explaining when and why the various verb tenses should be used.
She has enough English to help beginners when they are stuck on simple words.
We lived in her home and studied with her for a week and were amazed this humble lady had such in depth knowledge and great natural teaching skills. Whn good internet came to her town a few years ago we are finally able to study with her using Skype.
She is using her income to send the first member of her family ever to college – her daughter Linda. Her son 15 year old son Fabricio hopes to follow in her footsteps. In addition to her children, she lives with her mom, sister, and 14 year old niece.
She lives in Ocotal, in the northern coffee growing area of Nicaragua, and we did have some great coffee in her home. They took freshly picked beans, roasted them over a fire in the back yard and made the coffee immediately. It was amazing!
Cecilia is fully booked. Unless you are an existing student please don’t book with her right now. 1/11
* Three years of college in Business Administration
* 2005 - Studied teaching methods in a Nicaraguan school in San Juan del Sur.
* Taught Spanish in various schools in Nicaragua from 2006 - 2012.
* 2011 Director of “Nica Spanish School” a Spanish teaching school. Taught classes and in charge of training other teachers.
* 2012 APC Spanish school, one on one or sometimes two students.
Has taught 100s of students from Norway, Canada, England, Switzerland, Ireland, Germany, U.S. Brazil, Australia, Taiwan…
Cecilia lives in a small house with her parents, sister, nieces, nephew, aunt, uncle and sweet daughter - not to mention a parrot, rooster and a horde of hens.
Edwina is from a family of Spanish teachers. Her mom was a founder in the first Spanish school in the much visited beach town of San Juan del Sur. The legacy was passed on to Edwina and her sister. In addition to tutoring, she has taught computer literacy and programming in local schools.
Edwina has taken professional development courses specifically focused on tutoring in addition to her 3 years of college including coursework in the areas of business and HR, economics, tourism, languages and research methods.
She has taught Spanish to people from around the world who have visited Nicaragua over the last 12 years, teaching in several schools.
Her English is good enough for simple conversations and helping her students when they are stuck.
She lives with her husband and 3 kids (20, 14, and 4) along with her sister, brother-in-law, mother, a cat named BooBoo and a parrot named Adela.
Edwina enjoys travelling the world, which she does through the eyes of her students. The friendships she makes with them are a bright spot in her life.
She lives in San Juan del Sur near the ocean. She enjoys walks on the beach, but with work and a 4 year old, she does not get do that much right now!