Speak Shop Announces 2010 Online Spanish Tutor of the Year

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Claritza Morales Recognized for Exceptional Online Spanish Instruction

Speak Shop, a leading provider of Spanish lessons online with video chat, is pleased to announce Claritza Morales as the 2010 Tutor of the Year.

Speak Shop Spanish tutors provide one-on-one Spanish lessons to people all over the world using videoconferencing technology. The tutors are certified Spanish instructors who operate their own micro-business through Speak Shop.

Based in Antigua, Guatemala, Claritza has nearly 20 years of Spanish instruction experience and started teaching Spanish online at Speak Shop in 2007. She also teaches students at the local PROBIGUA Spanish Academy. Claritza has taught nearly 3000 hours of Spanish online and consistently receives outstanding feedback ratings from her students who often mention how fun, supportive and truly kind she is.

Spanish tutors in Guatemala, one of the poorest countries in Latin America, rarely have the opportunity to operate their own businesses and few can afford computers at home. In appreciation of Claritza's kindness and support during a serious illness, one of her students sent her the money to buy a computer, which not only helped her with her business, but also gave her more time with her five children. This story was chronicled in the Omaha World-Herald http://press.speakshop.com/2009/03/31/friendship-grows-from-online-lessons/ .

Jean Wakefield, one of Claritza's students, uses Spanish as a nurse and says, "Claritza teaches from the heart, with patience and humor. She encourages me to practice my Spanish with her and at my workplace, and she explains Spanish usage and Guatemalan culture. I have seen such great improvement in my Spanish since working with her. She is such a positive and inspiring teacher, and the hour-long tutoring session just flies by."

"I am very excited and honored to win Tutor of the Year for 2010," says Claritza, "I feel very fortunate to be working with Speak Shop because I am able to teach from home which allows me to spend more time with my family. I'm grateful to God, Speak Shop, PROBIGUA and each of my students who give me the opportunity for dignified work."

Speak Shop CEO Clay Cooper says, "Claritza is not only a great Spanish tutor, she also has the unique ability to put just about anyone at ease - from the young to the young at heart. I was one of those people who would get nervous about making mistakes in Spanish, and I know what a difference it makes when you feel comfortable with your Spanish tutor. Clartiza is a wonderful asset to the Speak Shop community."

About Speak Shop
Speak Shop is a certified B Corp founded in 2004 to increase access to cross-cultural foreign language education and to generate economic opportunity for people in developing countries. People around the world use Speak Shop to learn Spanish online by webcam. For more details visit http://www.speakshop.com.

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