2014-2015: Mathematics teacher – USA
Taught basic mathematics to a group of elementary and middle school students using the Math Tree educational techniques and methods. Organized and designed of activities motivational and educational activities to enforce learning.
2012-2015: Violin teacher assistant – France
Assisted violin teachers in group and orchestra classes. Organized violin classes upon instructor request.
2011-2015: Art teacher assistant – USA
Assisted art teachers at the Arlington Art Center. Prepared classes and organized artistic activities.
2011-13: Assistant mathematics teacher – USA
Organized classes, managed students, assisted students with learning difficulties.
2015: French Baccalaureate in Economics and Humanities - Highest honors
2014: Cambridge IGCSE English- Grade A
Goethe-Zertifikat B2, Honors: Assez Bien
2012: Goethe-Zertifikat B1, Honors: Bien
Fluent Spanish (numerous language study and cultural vacations in Spain), 20/20 in Spanish on the Baccalaureate
My Approach To Private Tuition
Each student has a different way of learning and understanding. In line with Gardner’s “multiple intelligences” theory, I believe listening to the children to understand their perspective enables me to adapt my teaching method to their learning style. In some cases, I try to implement games for kinesthetic learners, or invent a song that could help remember the course content for aural learners, or draw mindmaps for visual learners, etc.
I wrote a book which was published in 2015. Written in the format of a teenage-girl diary, the aim of this book is to teach readers valuable life lessons they can apply in their everyday experiences.
“Gabrielle Bargas has worked under my supervision for the past three summers at the MathTree Summer Camp in Arlington, Virginia. As founder of the MathTree academic enrichment program, I had the pleasure of welcoming Gabrielle as a student in one of my earliest MathTree camps in 2003. Her determination to return to the camp years later as an assistant attests to her strong commitment to the MathTree project of bringing together fun and excellence in mathematics. In view of her resounding success as an assistant during her first two summers (2012 and 2013) as a volunteer, I proposed that Gabrielle single-handedly manage a class of second and third graders during the summer of 2014.
In her position as Math Teacher, she went well beyond the performance of routine duties to improve student learning. She deftly used the available resources to serve the students, organizing projects that helped them understand both the practical and fun aspects of math. Through clever games and classroom management techniques, she managed to not only motivate her students, but also to enhance their individual creativity. Perhaps most importantly, however, was Gabrielle’s interaction with her students: she showed them unconditional respect, making each person feel special and capable.
Having performed her responsibilities with distinction, Gabrielle has been an outstanding volunteer and a great asset to the summer MathTree program.”
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