More About Me
Hi everyone! My name is Jacob, and I’m a recent NYU grad from Omaha, Nebraska. Teaching languages (mainly, Spanish and Arabic) is my favorite thing because of my personal love for the language-learning process and my appreciation for language itself. I think that my energy and excitement about these topics is often transferred to my students, and that I can find ways to make harder material fun and exciting! I’m all about helping students make connections between languages and disciplines and helping them grow a passion for learning. Other than teaching, I am a musician and play guitar and sing. I also love the outdoors, skateboarding, reading and traveling to new places! Some of my favorite places I’ve visited are Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Palestine and Chile. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns – I look forward to working with you and/or your student!
Undergraduate University: New York University
Year of Graduation: 2020
Majors/Minors/Specialization: Major in Spanish; Minors in Arabic and Hebrew & Judaic Studies; Focus on language education, sociolinguistics, bilingualism and mixed language communities.
Year of Graduation:
High Honors (Spanish); Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa Member; Sherborne Vernon Damerel Award for academic excellence and class spirit; Zake Morgan Memorial Award for excellence and originality in an honors thesis; Ibn Khaldun Prize for excellence and achievement in the study of Arabic; Dean's List 2016-2020; CAS Futures Scholarship; Presidential Honors Scholar 2017-2019; NYU Founders Day Award; NYU HJS Innovations Scholar 2018; CAS Scholarship 2016-2020; ACT: 32; AP: Spanish Language: 5, Calculus AB/BC: 5, US Government and Politics: 5, English Lit. and Comp.: 4, US History: 4.
I worked as a summer camp counselor at Camp Foster YMCA for two summers. I taught a variety of subjects such as music, kayaking and rock climbing and worked with campers ages 5-17 in both our day camp and overnight camp. In Spring 2018, I student-taught in a dual-language classroom at PS163 in New York City; while teaching, I was analyzing the effectiveness of this particular dual-language classroom and writing about how we could improve these programs to provide better and more equitable education access for students who speak a language other than English (as their first language). Throughout the entirety of my senior year, I was a learning assistant at the NYU University Learning Center. There, I tutored a lot of writing, which means mostly helping with overall structure and thesis development; I also tutored all humanities courses, all levels of Spanish and Arabic, and English grammar and structure for non-native speakers. I am comfortable tutoring any subject within humanities through the college level. As a counselor and student teacher, I worked with students and campers with a range of special needs. At my teaching position I often helped students who were struggling with social/emotional needs. I tutored online for the past 3 months at NYU, so I am used to both in-person and remote tutoring. We used Zoom, however I am well-versed in technology and would feel comfortable using any service.
Philanthropy / Volunteering Experience
I spent the past year and a half working as an interpreter and translator at the New Sanctuary Coalition (NSC) in New York.I worked on several cases there, translating documents, interpreting conversations, and supporting these individuals through the asylum-application process. At my student-teaching position, the majority of my students came from lower-income communities. I also did sporadic volunteering throughout New York, such as helping with community gardens and doing meals-on-wheels runs.