Native English Speaker
Proficient in German
Born in Detroit, Michigan (USA)
Kara Guminski is an explorer, not only in the traditional sense of travel but also in the lifelong-learning sense. Kara loves learning new things, whether they be little nuggets of trivia or more in-depth conversations and study.
Kara has a varied educational background. During her Bachelor's work at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, Kara held a dual major in German Language and Literature and Organizational Development. While a student at U of M, Kara also spent a summer in Berlin studying German.
After she earned her Bachelor's Degree, Kara went on to study law at the University of Detroit on a full academic scholarship. After earning her Juris Doctorate, Kara moved to Chicago and practiced law for five years. She left the practice of law, finding it did not match her personal values and attended the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. She earned a Master's degree in Social Policy and Social Work there, and she felt that she had found "her people." During her time at U of C, she interned at Inspiration Corporation, a homelessness assistance organization in Chicago, and at Rape Victim Advocates, a rape crisis center in Chicago that provides legal support, therapy, and immediate crisis services to survivors of rape--all cost-free. While at RVA, Kara was a therapist for individuals and groups. She also engaged in training volunteers on how to lobby for funding at the state level.
After leaving the U of C, Kara worked as a non-profit advocate, lobbying legislators on behalf of women's organizations on both the state and federal level.
Despite all of this education and work, Kara's not a total nerd. She enjoys doing yoga, swimming, talking to anyone and everyone (her friends say that she has no "stranger danger"), going to rock concerts, reading (especially Harry Potter), and finding new things to do that may be a little different or interesting. For instance, she attended a play by the Hypocrites Theater Company in Chicago called "All Our Tragic." The thing that made this play unusual was not the subject matter (all of the remaining Greek tragedies rolled into one), but the fact that the play lasted 12 hours. Yes, TWELVE hours. Ask her about it sometime.
Kara's friends would tell you that she is curious, warm, and funny. Kara's parents would tell you that she is smart but unafraid to be silly.
Kara's VERY excited to be a member of the Speakeasy team! She looks forward to getting to know you and helping you learn English.
Specialized Areas of Teaching:
English for Young Learners
English Grammar Review
Free Introductory Lesson
All Levels and Ages
Private (One-on-One) and Group Lessons
CV and Interviewing Preparation
Conversational Chat Hour
TESOL Test Prep
English for the purpose of traveling
Pen-pal Networking Program
Business English: (Small Businesses to Large Corporations)
Slang and Informal Dialogs: SMS, Email