Dorothy S

Hillsborough, NC

Grammar, Writing, Literature, Spanish Language Expert



I am a full-time freelance teacher and writer. Former adjunct professor of Spanish at The New School for Social Research, Einstein College of Medicine, and Princeton Adult School, I have also taught Spanish at Columbia University's Chazen School of Business, IBM, and New York Medical College. As a writer and editor, I have edited several books (including Spanish 1-4 for Berlitz International) and I've written many articles, blog posts, and works of both nonfiction and fiction. I earned my BA at Yale University and I am in my thesis year for my MFA in Creative Writing at the University of the South where I carry a perfect GPA.

Spanish Language: I wrote my own book on beginning Spanish grammar for medical students at Einstein College of Medicine, and for many years I was a Spanish language curriculum developer at Manhattan's Latin American Workshop language school. I bring life to my Spanish classes with music, poetry and art. I prepare personalized online study tools for my students, including "talking" flash cards, animated power points, and exercises tailored to the student's needs. I love teaching Spanish and bringing students into the joy of knowing that fluency is possible.

I have taught at a number of corporations, including IBM, General Motors, Brooklyn Legal Services, and Trinity Investments. Besides AP Spanish, my specialty subjects include Spanish for Travelers, Medical Spanish, Business Spanish, Legal Spanish, Spanish for Medical Personnel and Spanish for Social Workers. I do not teach students younger below high school age.

Writing and Language Arts: I am a freelance writer and editor, and can send writing samples on request. I teach grammar, punctuation, and writing and reading comprehension skills to students 12 to adult. I have worked for a number of magazines in my career, including Sports Illustrated, Time International, The Westchester Wedding Planner and Interview magazine. I help my students conceptualize and shape their writing, understand essay and story structure, and develop their creative instincts. I have edited books by Fortune 500 executives, and work as a corporate communication coach for adults in business who want to learn how to write effective memos, reports and presentation. I think that good writing reflects careful thinking, so a lot of my work in this realm involves provoking the student to think more deeply.

I am sensitive to the fact that different people have different learning styles and I adapt my approach to the individual student.

I prefer to schedule weekly or bi-weekly meetings at a regular hour and for a minimum of four meetings scheduled in advance, except for the first lesson which is our chance to see if we are a good match as tutor and student. All classes are online, and require a (free) fifteen minute set up meeting to make sure our technology is working. For online classes, a private room where you won't be interrupted, a fast internet connection, and headphones (preferably with built-in mic) are required.

Let's talk. I look forward to meeting you!


B.A., Yale University; MFA, Sewanee: University of the South

Subjects of Expertise

Writing, Grammar, Spanish, College Counseling

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2 Tutorials by Dorothy S

When to use the subjunctive #1: EMOTION

Let’s presume that you know how to conjugate verbs in the subjunctive mood, but your big problem is when to use it. Well, don’t worry: That’s everybody’s problem! Learn pointer #1: The subjunctive is subjective, and we often express subjectivity with verbs of emotion.

Do you say “por” or “para” in Spanish to mean “for”?

Many Spanish students still confuse “por” and “para”, in part because the two words both mean “for” in English, but also because, well, they sound similar, too! How can you learn the difference?