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English

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I am an experienced classroom teacher and tutor, as well as a reader, writer, and an editor. I have taught students of all levels and abilities to succeed in literature, writing, grammar, communication, and more. You will be able to express yourself better and have a solid command of English concepts!
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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

Affiliations

Phi Kappa Phi
Sep 2007

Phi Kappa Phi's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

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