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Meet Cristina Acevedo of Pinedo Spanish

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cristina Acevedo.

Hi Cristina, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Hello, my story as an educator started in Mexico, where I was born, I earned my bachelor’s degree in middle school education in 2009, with a specialty in geography. A year after my graduation, I met the person that would be my husband, we moved together to Colorado in 2011.

I started my journey into the English language from the basics, after studying English for 3 years I got my first job as a parent liaison for a school district in a small town, helping translate parent-teacher conferences, and provide resources to parents, (situations where I noticed how important it is to speak both English and Spanish in the United States).

After a few years, my husband and I decided to move to Denver, where I decided to find a job where I could share my language and at the same time apply my profession. I worked as the head teacher for a Spanish teaching institution in Denver, there I learned a bit more about the process of teaching Spanish to adults, kids, and groups, then I found out that teaching Spanish as a specialty is more challenging.

I started getting a lot of referrals as a Spanish teacher after I quit my job as a head Spanish teacher. During the 2020 pandemic, I decided to prepare myself more for how to teach Spanish as a foreign language, I worked towards a specialty in teaching Spanish as a foreign language at the European University Miguel de Cervantes, where I earned my college degree in 2021.

I know how hard it is to learn a new language, and I know what resources I wish I had back then, to help me learn a new language, and that is why I decided to start my entrepreneurship by founding an online Spanish school for English speakers.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been smooth, I have learned a lot about how to create a website, create my own materials, finding the right assignments for my students. All the legal stuff about founding a business in the U.S. To date, it is a struggle figuring out how to make yourself known, from a marketing standpoint.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Pinedo Spanish is a service provided online, it is Spanish immersion classes for all levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Pinedo Spanish focuses on individual learning (one on one), small groups (up to 3 people), tutoring for kids (who are already learning Spanish), and Spanish conversation practice (for advanced students).

I specialize in teaching Spanish as a foreign language, my students recognize me for being fun, patient, easy to work with, adaptive, and interactive and they also like that I tailor the classes to their specific needs. I am proud that I create my own materials, methodology, vocabulary, audios, a monthly digital magazine, and extra activities for my students. We even have a poetry section.

My classes are a combination of audio and visual materials, for easy and immersive learning. My students know they can take their Spanish classes anywhere they are in the world, as long as they have an internet connection.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
I think referrals are a good way to support me, I am open to collaborations with other businesses, but at the time I haven’t had any collaborations.

Pricing:

  • $40/55 minute Spanish class, one on one
  • $70/55 minute group class for adults
  • $45/55 minute class, Spanish tutoring for kids
  • $30/55 minute class, Spanish conversation practice, for advanced students

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Soona Studios

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