- English (US): 母语水平
- German: 初級
Providing Global Advantages to Non-Native English Speakers
Hello! Thank you for clicking on my profile page. My name is Amelia. What sets me apart from most other teachers is my vast amount of global business experience. My main job is as a packaging engineer and a big part of what I have to do is communicate technical concepts to non-native English speakers. I have worked with people from North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Together we have successfully launched hundreds of new consumer products to market.
In addition to my main work experience, last fall I became TEFL-certified and I have been teaching English in the early mornings and evenings. It is my labor of love. I have taught in a classroom and private-tutored, and I am excited to expand into the online world, because I feel it is my mission to help people from different countries learn English. Once the world knows English, business transactions will go smoother and people will become better connected. English is one of the most widely used languages in the world and those who know it have major advantages.
If you sign up with me I will do my best to help you gain these advantages. My passion is travel and I love meeting people from different countries and learning about their cultures. I also enjoy rock climbing, riding my motorcycle, dancing, and I am even trying to learn German so I know how challenging a foreign language can be. I look forward to meeting you and learning about your hobbies. I feel that by teaching English, I am not only helping my students but also enriching myself by interacting with fascinating people from around the world, people like you, people who want to learn!
Please contact me if you are interested. If you sign up with me, together we can have a rewarding and fun experience. I look forward to working with you.
EDIT: Update: I recently started a new job as a packaging engineer for Barilla - The Italian Food Company (known for their pasta in a blue box). My video profile is out-of-date.
I currently work as a packaging engineer for a global company. It is my job to develop packaging for our products so they ship safely to customers around the world. My duties include selecting appropriate materials, calculating freight costs, conducting testing, writing reports, analyzing data, creating & managing specifications, and much more. I am an expert in analytical thinking and would be happy to pass my knowledge onto you in this area.
As part of my TEFL certification class, I completed additional course work on techniques for teaching Business Professionals. Additionally, I have several years of practical experience as a business professional myself. In my current position, I have collaborated with non-native English speakers (with varying levels of fluency) from North America, Europe, and Asia. Together we have successfully brought hundreds of products to market.
I can help you expand your vocabulary both organically through conversational practice as well as through the use of textbooks, articles, PowerPoint, props, and other materials.
I have extensive experience working with an advanced learner from Czech Republic to help him reduce his accent and sound more like a native English speaker.
Proper pronunciation is key to being understood, and I emphasize its importance throughout all my lessons.
My TEFL certification course has prepared me well for teaching you how to improve both your productive (speaking and writing) language skills as well as your receptive (listening and reading) language skills.
Engineering › Packaging Science (Bachelor)
Industrial Designer January 2010 – January 2011 Adams Foam Rubber Co. Chicago, Illinois, USA • Developed fabricated foam products based upon customer-supplied parameters • Worked closely with primarily Spanish-speaking production staff to create part-specific procedures for factory personnel • Supported the sales and other staff by creating drawings for costing and customer service purposes using AutoCAD and other design software
Packaging Engineer September 2011- February 2017 Weber-Stephen Products, LLC Palatine, Illinois, USA • Communicating on a technical level with non-native English speaking professionals from North America, Europe, and Asia • Working with a global team of Product Managers, Purchasing Agents, R&D Engineers, Financial Analysts and Accountants, and others to ensure the successful launch of over 150 barbecue grill accessory SKUs • Collaborating with domestic vendors as well as overseas supply chain to develop packaging adequate for distribution • Participated in educational volunteer opportunities with an all girls’ STEM summer camp and a classroom at my Alma mater
Packaging Lab Technician January 2011 – September 2011 Alberto Culver (Unilever), Contracted by Aerotek Melrose Park, Illinois, USA • Coordinated and performed component testing of all new and proposed packaging following standardized test methodology • Compiled supporting documentation, results and recommendations in formal test report summaries
•Teaching 45 min sessions with up to 6 students (located in Asia) at a time (all from the comfort of my home) •Assisting students ranging from beginner to advanced, both adults and children (junior sessions) •Providing student progress reports and corrections to lesson materials •Consistently maintaining above a 9.5/10 star rating with higher than 50% of students providing feedback
ESL Tutor & Classroom Aide July 2016- November 2016 Project CARE at Morton College Cicero, Illinois, USA • Assisted an advanced level student from Czech Republic in the improvement of his English language skills • Helped student prepare for and pass the Language Arts, Writing GED examination • Taught English to adult Spanish-speaking students • Focused on the improvement of pronunciation and accent reduction • Facilitated vocabulary expansion through the use of textbook material as well as conversational practice • "Star Awards" recipient
Packaging Engineer February 2017- present Northbrook, Illinois, USA •Designing retail-ready packaging and POP displays •Collaborating with our headquarters in Parma, Italy on developing specifications for cartons, cases, and more •Utilizing AutoCAD and TOPS software during design development process •Participating in cooking classes, "SMART working" and various travel, mostly to suppliers & trade shows •Looking forward to learning more about food packaging in this exciting new role