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 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 or Woodbridge students, but please inquire before booking.
My studio space is located at Staten Island Dance and Art Center. It's a lovely, artsy space with bright yellow walls, six sewing machines, and 2 professional mannequins.
Speaks German, Spanish
Teaching since 2007
Very professional, great teaching on machine , learned the basics to go on my own . Highly recommended.
It was good I feel so happy I know now how to use my machine and looking forward. To my next class .
My daughter had her first lesson and is off to a great start with Melissa
very patient with me!
My daughter loves the classes and is crazy about Melissa.
Melissa was a fantastic teacher. So pleasant to work with and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend her.
Melissa was great! Patient, informative and I love my first project!
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.
nothing but good things to say about melisa very help full person to work with I hope we can still do businesses together...
My niece loved her. Easy going patient and knowledgable on time would say excellent
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.
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.
Harlem Educational Activities Fund
Teach fashion design and sewing to middle school aged children. Create curriculum and lessons.
Help adults learn to use computers and write resumes.
Design, gather, sew, and maintain costumes for Sundog Theatre. Worked on Waiting for Godot, 2016, at Wagner College.
Staten Island Dance and Arts Center
Teach fashion design and sewing to children and adults. Create curriculum.
Editorial for children trip venues
Reported and wrote on business topics while managing a team of writers.
Tutored children (k-12) in all subject areas.
Staten Island Advance
College of Staten Island
Fashion Institute of Technology
Essie Couture School of Fashion
Parsons the New School for Design
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