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IvyWise Master Tutor

B.A., Princeton University
M.A., Harvard University

Jonathan specializes in preparation for SAT Subject Tests in Spanish, French, Italian, US History, and Literature, AP Spanish, AP Literature, AP French, AP US History, AP Italian, and academic support for Spanish, French, Italian, history, literature, English language, and paper editing and writing.

Jonathan has well over a decade of experience in tutoring and test prep. He specializes in foreign language and humanities tutoring, including French, Spanish, history, and literature.

Jonathan loves engaging students by using fun, dynamic, and cutting-edge digital tools and techniques in his tutoring sessions. He also likes to keep learning fun by adding some occasional Netflix, music videos, and memes to homework routines, and using smartphones for fun online review games. He also brings a calm presence to his sessions, so if students are stressed out about a class or an exam, working with Jonathan will help them feel peaceful, focused, centered, and ready to succeed.

Jonathan was born in Colombia and grew up on Long Island as a bilingual speaker of Spanish and English. He studied French literature and translation and intercultural communication at Princeton, earning his degree there with high honors, and went on to study romance languages and literature at Harvard, obtaining his M.A. with distinction in his graduate work. In addition to Spanish, Jonathan also speaks a number of languages including French, Italian, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Mandarin Chinese.

At Harvard, he won teaching excellence awards every semester that he taught, earning glowing evaluations from nearly 100 Harvard undergraduates. He went on to teach Spanish and French at the Boston Language Institute followed by St. Norbert College, a small private liberal arts college in Wisconsin. He has also taught Francophone and Latin American history, literature, and culture.

In college, Jonathan studied abroad in Paris and was an intern at UNESCO where he focused on human rights issues. He took Mandarin Chinese his freshman year, and that summer he lived and studied in Beijing, China for an intensive immersion program.

In his personal time, Jonathan enjoys hiking, yoga, and doing language-related volunteer work.