May 7, 2013
Spanish tutor needed several hours a week through end of May. Applicant should be fluent in Spanish and willing to work with a teenager. Schedule flexible during after-school hours. No pay. If interested, contact St. Lawrence Place at 256.3999.
I took French and Latin in high school. My children are taking Spanish in school. I listen to them as they talk to each other in a language I don’t understand. I have a dear friend who has family in Puerto Rico. I’ve picked u p a few words from her – but they’re mostly the type of words you use to discipline your children (loudly, as our boys rough house in the yard!). I’m no help when they bring home projects or homework, and I can’t call out words as they prepare for tests. My oldest son’s Spanish teacher called just to say how well he was doing…and I told her he must get it from his father!
So, when I got the email yesterday saying one of our St. Lawrence Place teens needed a Spanish tutor I felt absolutely helpless. The feeling of stepping off the train in Paris washed over me again, and I began to search for someone- anyone – who could speak the language. But wait…it’s not only someone who can speak the language, it’s someone who is willing to sit down with a teenager and spend time helping him, caring about him, when they could be home with their own family. They have to have knowledge of Spanish AND a have a big heart.
Not your typical help-wanted advertisement!
This person could make the difference between a summer of camp or a summer of school: a difference between a soaring self confidence level and the feeling of failure. This person could let this child know someone cares, and teach them some Spanish while they’re at it.
Are you willing to apply?