Mark es un profesor con muchos años de experiencia en nuestra academia de inglés.
A la hora de impartir sus clases, le avalan una sólida preparación, una gran experiencia y una contrastada y demostrada profesionalidad. Tiene una enorme capacidad de comunicación. Su estilo y su acento son inconfundiblemente americanos. Y atesora un gran sentido del humor y mucho carisma.
Por todo ello, es un valor seguro y un excelente profesor.
- What did you study and what did you specialize in?
- I studied United States History at the University of California, Santa Cruz and then I did a MA in Spanish at California State University Sacramento.
- What do you remember about your student years? How do you look back on this time?
- The five years I spent living and studying at the University of Santa Cruz was perhaps the best time of my life. It was the first time I had the opportunity to live on my own and I met a lot of new and interesting people who are still some of my best friends.
- How and when did you start giving english classes?
- In 1998 I came to Spain to begin a three summer Master’s abroad program in Spanish in Burgos. I fell in love with Spain and decided that at some point in the future I wanted to live here. In the summer of 1999 I returned to Spain to look for work and ended up finding a job teaching English in Madrid. While I hadn’t had any previous experience teaching English, I always knew I wanted to work in academia. I had worked for many years in various departments at the University of California, Davis and also had taught at the Montessori School in Woodland, California, my hometown.
- What do you do in Academia Paraninfo?
- I teach all levels of English, including, individual and group classes, conversation and Business English as well as First Certificate, Advanced and Proficiency test preparation. I also have a few company classes.
- Apart from English, what other languages do you speak? Which would you like to perfect?
- I’m still trying to perfect my Spanish although I still have a long way to go!
- What is the best thing about you? What are your virtues?
- That’s a difficult question. I would say I’m friendly, easy-going, reliable, and have a good sense of humor.
- What defines you as a teacher? What is your way of giving classes?
- I try to make the classes as fun and interesting as posible while focusing on conversation. From my experience I have found that most of my students have spent years studying grammar at school, yet they still have a lot of difficulty speaking English. Students need to get over their fear of speaking and I try to create a relaxed atmosphere, where students feel confortable to communicate with one another.
- What do you enjoy most about your work?
- I really enjoy meeting new people and teaching has given me the opportunity to meet people from many different countries and backgrounds.
- Has anything special ever happened in your classes, some anecdote that you recall?
- A few summers ago I had the opportunity to teach English at the Monestery in El Escorial. I had a young group of 8-year old students who performed a choreographed dance routine to Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie at the end of the summer recital!
- Has there been a student that has left his or her mark on you that for some or other reason you have not forgotten?
- All of my students have left their mark on me in some way. This past year I had a student who was a single mother who worked the nightshift and she would make it to class every morning at 10am after only having slept one or two hours. Talk about determination!