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Melissa passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Melissa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 2+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2006

I am an experienced classroom teacher, tutor, caregiver, and leader. I have minors in Music and Spanish, a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. I have also been in competitive public speaking for several years.

With a solid understanding of education from different perspectives -leadership, students, parents, teachers, and more - I know what it takes to help students achieve at their full potential. I ensure lessons and material are unique to the student, engaging and enjoyable, relevant, and catalysts for growth and success. Test preparation is also a skill I help students excel in. In fact, some of the schools I have been partnered with have even been featured on television.

As a competitive public speaker, I have won awards at the local, state, and national levels. I have also founded, coached, and judged teams and speakers.

As a musician, I have played and/or competed in solos, duets, quartets, concerts and more. I have studied music theory, written my own music, won scholarships, and taught others.

My students vary in ability from autistic and nonverbal, to English language learners, to gifted and talented. I have taught students in rural, suburban, and urban environments in charter, public, and private schools. My students are from a variety of different cultures, religions, and backgrounds. The similarity they share is being proud of their achievements after working together!

My students typically tell me that I am one of their favorite teachers. I believe every student is capable of achievement, and it is my mission to help them get there. I see students greater than they see themselves, and in sharing this, they end up feeling more confident and empowered themselves. My lessons are fun, relevant, effective, and individualized. I can't wait to partner up with you! Let's make your goals happen!

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Experience

Teacher
Aug 2009 - Aug 2017
3 Schools

Includes: charter school, public school, private school

Education

Educational Leadership
Aug 2011 - Aug 2012
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Kindergarten Certification
Sep 2010 - Dec 2010
Augsburg
Elementary Education
Aug 2004 - Dec 2008
UW-River Falls
Minors in Music and Spanish
Aug 2004 - Dec 2008
UW-River Falls

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Teaching License
Jan 2009
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Awards

Licensure Test - 2 Recognitions of Excellence
Jan 2009
Minnesota Department of Education

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