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About Melissa Q.

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Hi there! I'm Melissa, and I am a fashion design and sewing teacher on Staten Island. I have been teaching children and adults how to sew since 2014. I've been sewing since I was a child, and I've been teaching since 2007.

I am mostly self-taught, and that, coupled with my youth, gives me a unique perspective when teaching. My first goal is to give my students all of the tools they need to feel confident from the very first lesson- almost all of my students finish the first hour with a handy drawstring bag to keep their new sewing supplies in. I have a specific sewing curriculum for the first 3-5 lessons that helps lay a groundwork for making more exciting things.

After we finish those steps, I work individually with students to make whatever they would like, from Halloween costumes to memory pillows to peplum tops. The choice is
yours. I'm not the kind of teacher that is going to make you spend hours mastering a straight hem because frankly, that's really boring. I want you to learn while working on projects you care about

My experience includes;

-I worked in a tutoring school teaching kids from ages 5-17 in all subjects.
-I designed a program called Creative Studios for creative writing, fashion design and fine art. I taught these subjects to students aged 8-12.
-I teach sewing and fashion design (including fashion drawing) to various students in a one on one format.
-I teach fashion design and sewing to tweens, teens, and adults at SI Dance and Arts Center
-I am a resident costumer for Sundog Theatre.
-I taught at the Harlem Educational Activities Fund Saturday Academy
-I am pursuing a Masters in Adolescent Education in Social Studies

Please note that I am located in Staten Island, NY. I may be able to accommodate some Brooklyn students, but please inquire before booking. I have locations in 10306 and 10309 that can accommodate students if you don't wish to learn in home.

My studio space is located at Staten Island Dance and Art Center. It's a lovely, artsy space with bright yellow walls, four sewing machines, 2 professional mannequins, and a closet full of fabric and notions!
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Kathy September 6, 2017
· Sewing · In home
very patient with me!
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Laura July 19, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
My daughter loves the classes and is crazy about Melissa.
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Janelle I. September 23, 2016
· Sewing · In home
Melissa was a fantastic teacher. So pleasant to work with and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend her.
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Staten Island, NY 10309
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About Guner A.

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I can't wait to meet you!
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Randi S. May 28, 2017
· Turkish · Online
Güner is so helpful and fun to talk to! I've learned very much from her.
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Michelle February 18, 2017
· Crocheting · Online
She took her time with me and made me feel like I knew more than I thought :) Great teacher !
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EDGAR October 26, 2016
· AutoCAD · In studio
she is very helpful and very nice
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Guner A.

Guner A.

Online
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About Mark P.

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New York, NY
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Hi, I am Grandmaster Mark P., I am teaching chess for almost 10 years, I can also help you in every aspect in the game of chess.
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Mark P.

New York, NY 10011
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About Rebecca S.

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New York, NY

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Hello! Thank you for coming to view my profile! I am a junior at the Mannes School of Music studying Flute Performance with Judith Mendenhall. I graduated from Great Neck South High School and Manhattan School of Music Precollege. I have had a wide age range of flute students whom I taught how to read music as well as the flute itself. These students then went on to participate in NYSSMA. I have always had a passion for learning and teaching and hope to instill my passion upon you! Don't hesitate to send me any questions you may have!

**The availability drop down is a bit confusing. During the winter and summer, I will be able to teach in/around Great Neck AND in NYC, whereas during the Fall and the Spring I will be living in NYC and ONLY able to teach there. If you have any questions, please send me a message and we can work out our a
vailability through the message system. In the photos section of the profile, I have posted my free hours from August 28th - December 20th. Hopefully this also helps!

Thank you again for taking interest in my profile!
Rebecca
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Micah F. January 6, 2018
· Flute · In home
Our son really enjoyed his lesson and we saw immediate improvement. We are looking forward to having Rebecca back! She is an excellent teacher and really understood how to engage our son.
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ameet December 4, 2017
· Flute · Online
i love her
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ameet December 3, 2017
· Flute · Online
i like her
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Rebecca S.

Rebecca S.

New York, NY 10011
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About LILY Q.

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New York, NY
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I am a fashion designer/instructor and former social worker. I am very patient with students and passionate about sewing. I get excited watching students build skills gradually from basic through advanced level techniques.
Also, I am one of the few teachers in the country who teaches the exclusive "Freehand" sewing, which is sewing without ready-made (commercial) pattern, like our grandparents did.
As a social worker, I taught participants in a homeless shelter, how to make various items geared towards independent living. For six years now, I've been teaching at a fabric store in East Harlem where patrons sign up for group sewing lessons as well as private lessons. I teach garment construction, alterations, home decor, and various sewing projects.
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Melissa January 17, 2018
· Sewing · In home
SHe was absolutely the best! Kind and patient and definitely went above an beyond the call of duty!
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juice November 30, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Love having Ms. Lily give me lessons in my own home. My understanding of the lessons taught is very valuable.
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Shirley S. September 20, 2017
· Embroidery · In home
Omg such a pleasure to work with. Great personality and very patient. Love her teaching. Will def. Request her again.
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LILY Q.

LILY Q.

Irvington, NJ 07111
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About Gil M.

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Eatontown, NJ

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I am a Professional Billiards Instructors Association (PBIA) certified instructor. I have been playing pool seriously since 2009. To ensure I am qualified to be a billiards instructor I have taken instruction from a PBIA master instructor to learn the science of billiards.

NOTE: Students are responsible for billiards table rental time when lessons are at billiards hall/cafe.
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Gil M.

Middletown, NJ 07748
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About Vena H.

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New York, NY

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I'm a fashion designer and have been working in fashion industry in NYC for more than 8 years with a fashion design degree from Parsons. I worked at companies such as DKNY, ELIE TAHARI, BLK DNM, VISTORIA’S SECRET. My specialty is sewing, patternmaking, draping, tailoring and fitting. I have a great passion in teaching and extremely patient. The courses provide the best quality and hands on sewing skills used in the industry. If you would like to learn how to draft a pattern from scratch or alter your own clothes that would fit you, I will show you how to achieve that step by step. I look forward to having a great sewing time with you.
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Annalise L. January 4, 2018
· Sewing · Online
Great lesson. Vena was very patient and instructive. She answered all my questions and made it easy for me to remember.
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Nicollette December 3, 2017
· Sewing · Online
She is awesome!
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naomi November 12, 2017
· Sewing · In home
very good teacher! thanks
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Vena H.

Vena H.

Brooklyn, NY 11209
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About Jessica M.

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Staten Island, NY
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I am a yoga teacher, reiki healer and jewelry designer who loves connecting and helping people. I graduated from Laughing Lotus NYC in 2014 with a 200hr certification. I soon went on to explore inversions and recieved my 50hr FLY certificate. I am a Level 1 reiki healer offering energy balancing and crystal healing.

My yoga classes include a meditation, asana (poses), savasana with reiki/healing energy. Also includes sound healing with essential oils + sandalwood incense.

Keep in mind my prices are for in person yoga/reiki lessons. Prices for online teaching will be at a much lower rate. I live in Staten Island, NY but am willing to travel to Brooklyn, Manhattan and New Jersey. Feel free to contact me with any and all questions.
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Lexy September 12, 2017
· Yoga · In studio
Jess is an excellent teacher, patient, clear, and wise. Highly attuned to and apt about what's going on with you.
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Chris Cordaro August 3, 2017
· Yoga · In studio
Incredible first lesson. Thank you so much.
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New York, NY 10004
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About Erin R.

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Jersey City, NJ

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I have been working with knitting and crochet since 2004. I am a craft yarn certified knitting and crochet instructor and have been teaching professionally since 2010. This includes locations such as Michaels Arts and Crafts as well as Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate Charter School.

As my student, you can expect to learn basic through advanced skills crochet skills, including making a slip knot, single crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, how to make a granny square, crocheting in the round, and how to read patterns. In knitting, you will learn the skills of casting on stitches onto the needle, the garter and stockinette stitch, how to knit in the round using circular or double pointed needles, and how to read patterns.

No matter what your level, my goal is to make you feel confident and experienced enough for you to complete and cre
ate your own projects. Knitting and crochet are my passions and I am excited to help you reach your crafting goals. I look forward to working with you!
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Annette November 3, 2017
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Erin was one of my trainers for an Online ESL company. She is vivacious and committed to her students. She takes time to thoroughly explain all new material. Student comments were always positive. I highly recommend Erin for anything that she teaches.
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Erin R.

Jersey City, NJ 07307
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About Matthew C.

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Hi, I'm Matt! I am a full time chess teacher/tutor. Over the last 6 years I have worked with over 100 students of all ages. At the age of 19, I earned the title of Chess Expert from the United States Chess Federation. I have taught both children and adults. I have experience teaching in large classroom settings and in one-on-one sessions.

For new players and beginners, my curriculum focuses on building a strong foundation of the rules, chess tactics, chess theory as well as a brief history of some of the best chess players of all time.

For the more advanced players, we focus more on the most recent chess theory and opening theory. If you have interest in competing in chess tournaments, I will analyze your games and prepare strategies.

I have been a magic Teacher/Tutor for 3 years and a professional magician for 4. I specialize in
close up magic, Slight of hand, and card tricks. All skill levels welcome! I promise after our first lesson you will be performing powerful, fooling magic. I have tons of experience with kids. I teach two weekly magic after school classes and have an entire curriculum of tricks designed for kids. I am a regular performer at A taste of magic a weekly magic show in Manhattan.

Whether you want to learn a card trick to impress your coworkers, your 7 year old got there first magic kit and cant stop preforming or this is your hobby and want to improve your slights/performance/patter I am absolutely the magic tutor for you.

I look forward to exploring the world of chess and magic with all my students.
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Matthew C.

Matthew C.

New York, NY 10014
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