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Teaches: English

Languages: English, Croatian, Spanish

Female, From San Jose, United States, Living in Oxnard, United States

Local time: Nov 30, 2015 10:40   (Hawaiian Standard Time)

I am a TESOL certified English instructor with two years of experience tutoring English grammar and writing. I’m well practiced in noticing differences in language structures and explaining pronunciations of unfamiliar sounds.
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100 - 140 ITC per hour
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I am looking for students who are interested in learning English or practicing Croatian. All levels are welcome! Please feel free to contact me! View time schedule Contact Teacher

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  • English
  • 0 completed session(s)
120 ITC per hour
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  • English
  • 3 completed session(s)
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140 ITC per hour
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Informal Tutoring: English
  • 7 completed session(s)
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100 ITC per hour
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About Maya Sertic

I am a university graduate with a Bachelor of Sciences in Ecology and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. During my time in college, I learned that I am very interested in languages and education. Thus, I have taken the 100-hr TESOL/TESL/TEFL certification course offered by Oxford Seminars, with high hopes of traveling and teaching English abroad.

I am comfortable teaching English as a second language to students at any age range or level. Because I grew up speaking English at school and Croatian at home, I have a knack for noticing differences in language structures and explaining pronunciations for unfamiliar sounds. My first exposure to teaching English was at home, where I informally taught my mom the differences between English and Croatian grammar. I’ve fine tuned these skills while tutoring native and ESL college students in English grammar and writing. As a recent college graduate, I am experienced with college-level writing expectations for creative and scientific papers.

Currently I am teaching natural history and marine biology to middle school and high school students aboard a 137 foot long schooner. I love my job, but I would love to continue teaching English at the same time.

I am very organized, and I have experience with making lesson plans and finding interactive materials to use for my classes. Still, I am flexible and I can adjust lessons to meet my students’ needs. I can provide any of the following services:
-English lessons (speech, grammar, writing, reading)
-speaking practice
-writing tutoring (business emails, academic papers, creative writing, etc.)
-information about universities in the United States
-interesting topics of discussion

In general, I am energetic and outgoing, with a desire to engage my students and make them excited to learn and perfect their English. I plan my lessons with the interests of individual students in mind, so that lessons are not only informative but fun as well!

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Work Experience

    • educator/crew member
    • American Tall Ship Institute
    • 2012 - present
    • Oxnard United States
    taught Channel Islands natural history and marine biology to middle school and high school students using interactive tools and methods, sailed a 137 foot topsail schooner around the Channel Islands, maintained ship and repaired broken parts, conversed with passengers and kept them excited, engaged, and safe while sailing
    • writing tutor
    • University of California, Santa Cruz
    • 2008 - 2009
    • Santa Cruz United States
    tutored students in English writing both one-on-one and in small groups; explained grammar and paper organization to entry-level college students and ESL students; helped ESL students overcome challenges with grammar and spelling, and expanded their vocabulary while showing them how to format a 5-paragraph essay; studied common mistakes and writing patterns of ESL students from different language backgrounds


    • University of California, Santa Cruz
    • 2007 - 2012
    Bachelor's , Ecology and Evolution
    • University of California, Santa Cruz
    • 2007 - 2012
    Bachelor's , Environmental Studies
Maya Sertic

 Professional Teacher

Completed sessions 10
Students 6
Professional Lessons
Informal Tutoring
Instant Tutoring
Teacher sinceSep 26, 2012
Last session Nov 21, 2013