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Melissa K.

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Athens, AL (35611)

Travel radius
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My experience didn't come from a classroom - although I have both taught and learned that way, as well - but from learning and loving doing it. I have taught a room full of restless middle-schoolers in another language, but I have also sat in more than one kitchen with an English textbook, a child's reading material, or a math book, and helped someone acquire the knowledge they needed. I love personalized tutoring not only because I teach best that way, but because I learn best that way as well.

I grew up teaching and learning to teach myself on our farm in Limestone County, with five younger siblings, and a whole array of animals. I am a self-published author, spent a year in Guatemala learning to speak Spanish, and have experience instructing in everything from ESL to crochet. I love it when people acquire knowledge that opens new vistas of thought, and it's a unique privilege to be the one who helps them make it to that place. I am a hands-on instructor. The book learning is good, and important, but if it is not useful in the real world, it is really a waste of time. When I teach something, I want both your time and mine to be well spent, and misleading or inaccurate information does not help either of us. I want to help you reach your goals, not someone's perception of the goals you should have, and do it in a timely and efficient manner, without forgetting to stop and explore the world we're entering together.

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Melissa’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Accounting, Business, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, Spanish
Sports/Recreation:
Ballroom Dancing, Chess, Cooking, Needlework
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Homeschool:
Accounting, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills, Writing
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Accounting, Business, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, QuickBooks, Tax Preparation
Art:
Ballroom Dancing, Film, Theatre, Video Production
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
History:
American History, Classics
Language:
Computer:
Macintosh, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, QuickBooks, Video Production
English:
Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing

Elementary (K-6th)

I grew up in a large homeschool family, with five younger brothers and sisters. While my mother worked with one student, it was the older siblings' job to help where we could, and I spent plenty of time on the floor with a younger brother or sister, spelling vocabulary words, reading history, or - just the other day - explaining geometry proofs. I love the look of recognition in a child's eyes when they connect the pieces and learn something new, and it is an additional joy to be the teacher of that moment. I have worked for years caring for young children, and am currently a professional nanny, so teaching is what I do as a daily routine. I love helping children, not just learn the material on hand, but actually enjoy the learning.

ESL/ESOL

I have taught English as a Second Language to a variety of people in our local community, and absolutely loved it. Unfortunately, current time and money constraints keep me from doing that as volunteer, but I still have several good friends who were my students a few years back. The English language is definitely daunting, and I am impressed by those whose handle on it is sufficient give them the status of "fluent." This is not a very forgiving culture for those who do not speak our language, and there is a real need for speedy - and thorough - English-learning. I try to push my students out of their comfort-zone, a little at a time, and make sure they are not only assimilating the nuances of the English language, but those of our particular culture, as well.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is a tool, and as such, should never hinder your finished product. A tool that is not understood or fully utilized is not everything it could be. And in this day and age, the production of the finished project - especially a document - is as vital to business and personal success as anything unconnected with character and the entrepreneur spirit could be. I have spent thousands of hours on Word and other word processors like it, and while the array of buttons and commands can be confusing, knowledge of the potential locked in that software is immeasurably worth attaining.

Needlework

I have crocheted since I was a little girl, and my mother's best friend taught me how to chain. I create my own artwork with a crochet needle, designing doilies, and personalizing the patterns I find to imitate. I would love to open up that world to others interested in the art of designing with your fingers and a ball of yarn.

Public Speaking

Plenty of people can talk, but very few can talk well. And even fewer can talk well in front of an audience. With a passion for debate, a love of the spotlight, and a feel for drama, I was always drawn to public speaking, but a college class and a seasonal stint in the community theater sealed the deal. Without actually intending to pursue the art of public speaking, I have been placed in a variety of circumstances where impromptu speeches were called for, such as several dance events and performances, where the stage was left for me to take over. Without any preparation, and barely any notification, I had to be thorough, precise, and articulate - and I loved it. I would enjoy helping others take the "hmms" and "haws" out of what they have to say.

Reading

I have read so many stories - fiction, short story, nonfiction, self-help, you name it - that the tales, authors, and titles of what I have read all run together. Reading goes far beyond the English printed (or virtual) page, to a whole world beyond where we exist. I want to help students tap into that world, experience the drama of a story or gain insight and wisdom from someone else's experiences. Reading is one of the very best ways to learn, and with that skill, we can become our own teachers.

Spanish

I lived in Guatemala for a year and understand many of the underlying conceptions behind the Hispanic culture. My instruction will cover not just a list of vocabulary words, but also the meaning behind them, allowing students to proactively communicate.

Tax Preparation

I was a bookkeeper for several years, and then, in 2012, I self-prepped and earned my RTRP with the IRS. I hold a current certification from them. I also passed the H&R Block bypass exam, and prepared taxes for them during the following season. Even though the DOJ is still, as I write this, refusing to let the IRS require CE credit for RTRPs, I went ahead and spent some time on an H&R Block program, gaining CE credit.

Video Production

My brothers and I were making movies from the time we found the movie button on our little digital camera. Now, with two music videos on YouTube, and a history of sets under my belt, I feel prepared to walk someone through the necessary steps to not just develop, write, film, produce, and edit a video project, but to enjoy and understand both the art and science behind video production.

Writing

I am a published and self-published author of magazine articles, web pages, and two full-length novels. I write like I breathe - because I cannot help it. Writing is so much more than putting words on paper. It is transferring a story, a mindset, a perspective, from one person's heart and mind to another. The utilization of vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation, is fully as important as the understanding of emotion, drama, and nuances. I love to help others learn how to use the written word to produce pumping adrenaline, fascinated brains, and an understanding of the world outside our own.

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