Melissa Quijano

Melissa Q.

Staten Island, NY

About Melissa Q.

Background check: Last verified 09/19/2016
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Melissa teaches: Ages 9 and up
Teaching since: September 2007
Last sign in: Within a month

Overview

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.


Please note that I am located in Staten Island, New York. I am able to take some students in Woodbridge/Perth Amboy in New Jersey. Brooklyn students can be accepted on a case-by-case basis. I am willing to travel to any part of Staten Island! Please keep this in mind when booking with me!

Photos and Videos

If you ever wondered how your sewing machine works, check out this short video that illustrates exactly how the threads work together.

Experience

Costume Resident

Apr 2016 - Present
Sundog Theatre

Instructor

Apr 2016 - Present
Jobs Plus

Help adults learn to use computers and write resumes.

Fashion Design Teacher

Aug 2015 - Present
Staten Island Dance and Arts Center

Teach fashion design and sewing to children and adults. Create curriculum.

Editorial Manager

Mar 2015 - Mar 2016
Family Publications

Editorial for children trip venues

Managing Editor

Aug 2012 - Feb 2015
Biz-e-News

Reported and wrote on business topics while managing a team of writers.

Tutor

Feb 2014 - May 2014
Booksmart Inc

Tutored children (k-12) in all subject areas.

Reporter

May 2012 - Dec 2012
Staten Island Advance

Education

BFA Creative Writing

Aug 2012 - Present
Brooklyn College

BFA Creative Writing

Aug 2012 - Present
Brooklyn College

Pattern Making

Jun 2016 - Jun 2016
Essie Couture School of Fashion

Fashion Design (no degree)

Jan 2009 - Jun 2009
Parsons the New School for Design

Languages Spoken

German

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Best in Borough in Fiction/Drama

May 2011
Random House
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7 Reviews on Melissa Q.

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Janelle I. Sep 23, 2016
Sewing · In home
Verified Student
Melissa was a fantastic teacher. So pleasant to work with and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend her.
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Joanie Galestro May 3, 2016
Sewing · In home
Verified Student
Melissa was great! Patient, informative and I love my first project!
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Luke S. Jan 13, 2016
Sewing · In home
Verified Student
Excellent, she is fantastic. She works very well with my 8 yo son.
I was very impressed when I came home and saw the bag my son had made under her guidance. She also helped to figure out what was wrong with our sewing machine and got it working right away.
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Moises C. Aug 27, 2015
Writing · In home
Verified Student
nothing but good things to say about melisa very help full person to work with I hope we can still do businesses together...
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Connie A. Aug 27, 2015
Sewing · In home
Verified Student
My niece loved her. Easy going patient and knowledgable on time would say excellent
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Holly Jul 8, 2015
Sewing · In home
Verified Student
Melissa is the perfect instructor for my 8 year old daughter. Melissa taught her the basics of a sewing machine and by the end of the lesson she made 2 items and was delighted. She is patient and sweet and my daughter can't wait for her next lesson.
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Cristine V. Mar 25, 2015
Sewing · In home
Verified Student
I highly recommend this instructor. She was very pleasant every time she came over & she helped my 13 yr old enormously. My daughter already had some sewing skills & Melissa helped her with new ideas & ways to make pants & skirts.
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