I took the hard path to bilingual certification so that you wouldn't have to.
I’ve always been enamored with the rich and beautiful Spanish language. I started language lessons on the oldest computer you’ve ever seen in the basement of my rural elementary school when someone decided I needed a challenge. I took French in high school and my college major didn’t require a foreign language so I never studied Spanish in school. I moved to Texas after college and it didn’t seem right that I could see and hear a language every day that I didn’t know. So I learned. It took me years and years of working hard on it, and I remember just how proud I was the day I got my passing score report.
I thought that I was going to be a bilingual teacher. But then people started asking me how I did it, so I told them. I shared a lot of information and I started to realize that teachers NEED to know what they are up against and how to defeat this exam. We have a shortage of bilingual teachers, yet the passing rate for the certification exam is around 50%. That doesn’t make sense to me. I decided that I wanted to singlehandedly increase the passing rate of bilingual educators.
Many of you have jobs that depend on earning your bilingual certification. That means something to me. I understand how you feel and I hope I can help. I understand the stress and the pressure that you face because I went through it. If I can pass this test, you definitely can. You just need to know how to show what the test scorers want to see.
During a three-year-long journey of figuring out this test, I learned exactly what you need to be able to do to get your own passing score. I wandered around across the internet searching for each different piece that I needed to put together. Now I want to save others from the same scattered and stressful experience. I’m putting together just what you will need and I will teach you how to use it to beat this test once and for all. Take a look around and send me a message if you want to tell me your story. I would love to hear from you!
WHO IS DORIAN WESLEY
I'm a teacher by passion, not just by profession. Helping people learn and succeed is what I love to do.
I have been teaching since I started “playing school” as a kid with my twin sister, little sister, and cousins. We would set school supplies out and books and paper and I always insisted on being the ‘teacher’.
I started my educational career in college, tutoring student-athletes at Lousiana State University – Geaux Tigers! Soon, friends and family learned that I was tutoring and asked me for help with all sorts of assignments, low grades, poor reading comprehension, and other academic challenges. I spent hours learning all about each subject so that I could explain it in the best way for them to understand. There is nothing like being a part of the lightbulb moment when something just clicks for someone.
After college, I became a band director and continued tutoring in the evenings and weekends. I loved helping people one-on-one and seeing the difference my help made in their self-confidence and academic prospects. I quit my job teaching music to build a full-time tutoring business. Eventually, with the encouragement of my best friend, I became an elementary school teacher, although I never stopped tutoring.
Through my journey to gain my bilingual certification, I saw how these difficult tests were holding others back from reaching their dreams. I knew I could put my tutoring expertise to good use and I started developing workshops designed to address the exams in a way that helped others be successful. Once I got great results back from the first wave of teachers I worked with, I was hooked!
Now it’s your turn! I want to celebrate with you when you receive your passing score report. Let’s get started! Which test are you working on?
- 22 Years of Tutoring Experience ✅
- Spanish-speaking Countries Visited: Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras 🌍
- Personal Motto: The best you can do is the best you can do! 😎
22 Years of Tutoring Experience
Teacher Study Hall was born from an idea I had while traveling back from a 5,000 mile cross-country trip through some of America's most beautiful places. On the long drive, I scrolled through the Facebook group that had supported me while I studied for my bilingual certification exams. I had been fortunate to get tips and information from others, and I was looking for a few folks taking the test soon that I could help out in order to 'pay it forward'. The more people I helped, the more word spread that I had some really great information available. I started spending evenings after work scouring the internet for more study material, and when I didn't find enough, I started creating my own. Now I have a library full of links, study guides, practice questions, and strategies that have been proven to work. I will be continuously refining and improving the content that I offer to make sure that I can provide my teachers with the best information available.
So where do we start?
Why study with Dorian? Expertise. Quality. Results.
- I have been where you are and I know the struggles you face and how overwhelming preparing for these tests can feel. I know exactly what you need to learn and how you can best learn it.
- My strategies and resources have been continually improved for 3 years, getting better and better as I learn more ways to help others pass. My sessions are engaging and effective. We laugh. We have fun. We get work done.
- You can trust the reviews of previous clients and results that speak for themselves. It was a steady stream of positive feedback that encouraged me to keep moving forward as I created my materials and built this site.