Teaching & Facilitation

My role is to incite curiosity and facilitate learning rather than be a font of knowledge. In my praxis, the classroom is a space for consciousness-raising, critical thinking, community building, and play.

I offer virtual private and semi-private tutoring sessions for $60/hour, with a sliding scale* of $30-$90/hour. Please contact me to inquire about larger groups.

*here’s a helpful visual for determining sliding scale

Teaching Areas:

  • Spanish language (all levels)
  • Catalan language (beginning and intermediate)
  • composition and rhetoric
  • Iberian literature and culture
  • science fiction literature, television, and film
  • feminist and queer theories
  • disability studies
  • critical theory
  • podcast production
street art in San Francisco (photo by me)

From 2016-2018 I served as a Lead Graduate Teacher for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese through the Graduate Teacher Program (GTP, now the Center for Teaching and Learning).

left: my dear friend Fernanda and I showing off our Lead award for encouraging excellent workshop attendance among graduate student teachers in our department.

In my capacity as Lead, I conducted confidential video consultations with new and experienced graduate student instructors. My collaborations with the German and French departments led us to establish a micro-teaching training session for incoming graduate students as part of their orientation each Fall. I also gave workshops on pedagogy and professional development within my home department and for campus-wide series.

I have made the presentations and materials from some of my workshops freely available on the Teaching Resources page.

A Small Selection of Student Feedback

Further evidence of teaching effectiveness available here. Originals available upon request.

As Instructor of Record

“Motivates and keeps the class interested in fun and interesting ways. Energy keeps the class light and keeps students receptive to learning. Great teaching style, easy to understand, [and] explains everything really well.”

“Really interactive and upbeat teaching style which was greatly appreciated. Also group discussions/group work helped make class more entertaining and easier to learn.”

“Phenomenal teacher. You make class exciting every day and always come with a positive attitude. You definitely made my interest in pursuing Spanish increase a ton! All of the activities we do help a lot (Kahoot, Connect, and the worksheets).”

“I enjoyed aspects of Spanish culture incorporated into class as well as how comfortable I felt asking for help and discussing difficult topics. Thanks for a wonderful semester, your enthusiasm made me love Spanish and made me excited to come to class every day!”

“I actually had a lot of fun for an 8am Spanish class. Kelly was entertaining, and […] she was very relatable, encouraged participation and kept the class fun. The textbook wasn’t my favorite, but I did like having homework every night to keep myself focused on the language.”

“Really good class! I think you do a great job encouraging learning rather than telling us the answers. You can tell that you love Spanish. I would 100% recommend you and take a class from you again!”

As Teaching Assistant

“One of the best TAs I have been fortunate enough to have class with. Very professional, courteous, and helpful throughout the entire semester.”

“Kelly is great. Definitely the best recitation of my college career. She makes sure we participate and understand!”

“Very nice, hardworking, interactive, well organized, [and] attentive to our questions.”

“Very personable and engaging. Made recitation fun. I relied sometimes on recitation to get a nuanced understanding of lecture discussion, and Kelly did a great job making the material easily understandable and relatable.”

“This class was very helpful for me when it came to clarifying confusing aspects of the reading. The instructor created a fun and productive atmosphere, and I don’t feel I would have learned as much […] with lecture alone. I very much enjoyed the class.”

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