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About Melissa Q.

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Staten Island, NY

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About Melissa
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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Rose C. April 17, 2018
· Sewing · In home
It was good I feel so happy I know now how to use my machine and looking forward. To my next class .
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Madison March 26, 2018
· Sewing · In home
My daughter had her first lesson and is off to a great start with Melissa
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Kathy September 6, 2017
· Sewing · In home
very patient with me!
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Melissa Q.

Melissa Q.

Staten Island, NY 10305
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About Guner A.

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Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
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I can't wait to meet you!
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Rodrigo C. April 27, 2018
· AutoCAD · In studio
She couldn’t be any more patient. Would definitely recommend.
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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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Guner A.

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About Sam C.

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Miami Beach, FL

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I'm a certified teacher and a national ranked chess player, with over a decade of teaching experience. I have taught 100's of kids from grades K-8. Furthermore, I also have extensive experience teaching adults.

I graduated from the # 2 ranked university in the country on a scholarship. I also served as the president of my university's successful chess club.
For many years now, I have been teaching chess full-time here in Miami to grades K-8. I really enjoy teaching and my school's team has won many prestigious titles and trophies.

This past year my students' team placed in the top ranks, at the "Florida States Chess Championship," in section K-8. Additionally, my students have also won several 1st place trophies in many local tournaments.

My passion for chess is really manifested though my teaching style and it's never a dull moment wh
en I teach. As a professional teacher, I know how important it is to keep students engaged, therefore I bring a high level of energy, dedication and fun to the lessons.

I have the credentials, experience and knowledge to maximize my student's potential.

Please inquire today.
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Patrick February 15, 2017
· Chess · Online
I'm writing this on behalf of my 9 year old son. His first chess lesson was AMAZING. Best Instructor he ever had. Sam made my sons lesson FUN as well as educational. He is looking forward to the next lesson. THANKS SAM!!!
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Declan January 24, 2017
· Chess · Online
I am Declan's Grandmother and I have to say this was an incredible lesson. Declan said it was awesome and I concur. We will definitely be in touch for more learning.
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Nick January 22, 2017
· Chess · Online
Great First Lesson
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Sam C.

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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.

*** Due to recent increase inquires about embroidery machine, please kindly note that I do not teach embroidery machine***
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Stephanie March 30, 2018
· Sewing · Online
Vena is very patient and knowledgeable and answers all the questions I have for her. We have very varied lessons and they are all very informative. I'm excited to continue my classes with her.
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James February 20, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
I have never sewn before and after two hours with Vena, I felt very confident in altering my pants. She has a great teaching style and an even better personalty. I am excited for my next lesson!
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Tammy February 17, 2018
· Sewing · Online
Very knowledgeable and patient...looking forward to the next class.
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Vena H.

Vena H.

Brooklyn, NY 11209
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About Ainslie F.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I am an intuitive, Jungian-based astrologer. A life-long yoga practitioner, I presently run a yoga nonprofit. Daily meditation is essential to me. I had my astrology chart done on a whim in the early 90's and immediately became enthralled with the art.

I began my daily blog, featuring Street Art from around the World, in April of 2013. I published two of my novels, written in the late 90's, this year as well. With an MA in counseling Psychology, and a PhD in Philosophy and Religion, I bring a psychological and philosophical perspective to my work. My PhD, from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, concentrated on symbol systems and Jungian Psychology. With over twenty five years experience in astrological counseling, I impart a unique, artistic vision, to my workshops and readings.
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Alexandra May 3, 2017
· Astrology · In home
Ainslie is equally patient and dynamic in her teaching style. Moreover, the breathe of her astrology knowledge is unparalleled, and she effortlessly imparts a thorough knowledge of the subject in terms that are clear and concise. After my own lessons, I would enthusiastically recommend Ainslie to any student interested in gaining a comprehensive understanding of astrology.
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Antonia April 30, 2017
· Astrology · In home
Ainslie has given me two astrology readings.. both of which have given me a deeper understanding of astrology and myself. She is meticulous with her work and very patient while explaining all the information she gives, you can clearly see this in her weekly blogs. What I loved most about Ainslie readings is that you really feel how passionate she is about Astrology and this makes the experience so much more meaningful and fun! Thank you Ainslie!
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Gina April 29, 2017
· Astrology · Online
I have been consulting Dr. Ainslie Faust for online tutoring in the subject of astrology for the past two years. I won't see anybody else for my lessons.

She makes learning astrology easier because she breaks the subject matter down into simpler terms. She makes learning astrology fun because she is a brilliant storyteller.

I maintain my own astrology website, but I continue to educate myself about Astrology. When I need another lesson, I contact Dr. Faust. And I refer all of my friends to her as well.

She would be a tremendous asset to any organization.
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About Brian G.

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Los Angeles, CA
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As above so below. I have come to the conclusion that Astrology is one of the most important things to understand in this reality. Almost everything is governed by it. Now with this knowledge you are able to step into your birth chart and essentially your purpose here. I feel it is my missions to help people understand the concepts of Astrology and how it relates to everything around us. With my teachings I will offer you knowledge of yourself. Take the red pill and I will show you how far the rabbit hole goes.
-Brian
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Brian G.

Brian G.

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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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Michelle June 16, 2018
· Crocheting · Online
Erin was extremely helpful trying to reproduce a project with no information to go on...Creative and thoughtful we worked through it with much success. Whether your a beginner or a self taught intermediate like myself, Erin is your go to instructor!
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Theresa B. March 26, 2018
· Crocheting · In home
She was very helpful and she knew what she was doing love her
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Lisa March 20, 2018
· Crocheting · In studio
Erin is very patient and knowledgeable. I'm not new to crochet but learned by way of being shown what to do for a project. I am now learning how to read instructions and how to determine where I made my error (s) and how to correct it. I am very pleased with this instructor.
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Erin R.

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Jersey City, NJ 07306
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My name is Adenike, you can call me Adé. I'm a trained fashion stylist and designer with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Design from the University of Rhode Island.

I have taught sewing and design, to people of all ages, genders, and abilities throughout my professional career. It began in 2002 when I decided to work with the Americorps, Teach America program. There I created and executed a lesson plan that taught students how to sketch, render, sew, read patterns and adjusts garments for personal to suit their personal needs. The program incorporated science, math, and history so that they had a practical and anthropological approach to fashion design. It was great, and I discovered that one of my other joys in life is teaching.

Most recently, I've worked with Hobby Quest, where I teach children in an after schoo
l setting. Hobby Quest requires an extensive background check because of that fact that work is done with students on school grounds. I can supply references that will attest to my professionalism and easy going nature.

It's recommended that you schedule for a minimum of 60 minutes to get the most out of your lesson.

*IMPORTANT* Potential students interested in working on projects will be asked for project details and current sewing ability.
If a student is a beginner sewer, then he or she will be required to have a complete command of fundamental sewing as well as basic machine knowledge before introduction of project. There will be no exception to that rule.
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Melissa March 18, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Adenike was well-prepared and very flexible to the situation and all my questions. She adopted my goal as her own and did everything possible to get us there--which she did! I look forward to our next lesson.
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Adenike O.

South Orange, NJ 07079
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About Bora Y.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Know thyself is the saying, and it applies to chess as well.

Everyone is different. Each has his/her different objectives. Everyone also his/her own strengths and weaknesses.

I tailor the lessons taking these into the account, and focusing on improving on the weaknesses within the framework of the student's goals.

I try to put the emphasis on calculation, middle-game positions, and endgames, however.
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Thomas May 22, 2018
· Chess · In studio
I am taking weekly lessons with Bora in order to push my game to the next level. Bora is passionate about chess, and it really shows in his approach to teaching, which I find to be both entertaining and effective. Bora is also a nice person all around and I would not hesitate to recommend him to my friends and/or their kids.
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Bora Y.

Bora Y.

Brooklyn, NY 11201
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