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I am a twelve year resident of Mystic, CT. I was born and raised in Fairfield, CT and attended Lauralton Hall for a classical college prep education. I completed a BS in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech and then went to work with IBM. During my tenure there, I studied for, and completed, a Master's degree, also in Mechanical Engineering.
My work has involved various areas of machine design, computer simulation, and system and process optimization (a lot of Math!). I love Math, and the Sciences, and have a lot of applied experience with them. This helps me to find more and varied ways to explain the foundational aspects of Math and Science in problem solving. In my schooling, I was also very well trained in Literature, English Grammar, Writing and the Arts. I am a voracious reader and test in the 99th percentile in Reading Speed and Comprehension. I am currently writing a book (semi-autobiographical).
I am a skilled teacher. With IBM, I taught engineers how to use computer software in their own environment to solve problems of design, or build, or process application. This involved my going to their workplace, quickly understanding their environment and design constraints, and then discovering a way to work within those boundaries to communicate solutions and new techniques. Every interaction or assignment was one-of-a-kind, and I loved the challenge! My feedback scores were always exemplary.
I have been told that I have a special skill at being able to explain complex ideas with simplicity, tailored to the audience’s knowledge set.
I have taught CCD at my church for ten years, for a variety of ages: Kindergartners and early grades, as well as 7th through 10th graders. I love it, and my students respond well to my teaching style and skills. I've had students come up to me years later, to thank me for their experience in my class. I am especially adept at tailoring the style to the student's development level.
I also teach Swimming at the local Y. I have many young students, and two Adult classes (beginners and intermediates). Most of the parents of the children I've taught have made a special effort to commend my teaching, and have requested my classes for their children's subsequent lessons – often rescheduling their children's lessons, just to be in my class! I have been told that I am extremely patient, very structured, committed, and flexible with different types of learners, ages, and abilities. My adult students have often told me how surprised they were at the progress they've made, after years of trying to learn to swim. I am an extremely effective teacher. I recently worked with an autistic adult who was terrified to leave the wall in the shallow end of the pool. With much encouragement and patience, I was able to get him to swim the entire length of the pool, and jump in at the deep end! He was amazed. Although I only have worked at the Y for a year, my supervisor has asked me to get special Certification in order to teach other instructors how to teach.
I am deeply committed to the success of my clients. If a student needs help understanding a difficult concept, I will go to great lengths to understand his or her knowledge set to work within that environment to lead the student to clarity. I will try dozens of ways to get an idea across, to facilitate comprehension. I can help with study skills, test taking skills, reading comprehension, writing, and vocabulary. I love kids and nothing is more gratifying to me than to give a student the gift of learning!
While I have taught and tutored adults, college level and HS subjects, I am also well qualified to teach K-6, specifically math, language arts and science. I have worked with youngsters, aged 5 through 12 on math, reading, physical science, and swimming. I am well versed in the subject matter, of course, but also have a great deal of experience with the age group. I've specifically tutored in 2nd grade math, 4th grade math, 6th grade math, K and 2nd grade science, and K and 3rd grade reading, as some examples. I am very patient and relate well to the different development phases of this age group. I have taught swimming to over 500 children, aged 6 through 12, over the last few years!
As a mechanical engineer, I am a proficient user of various softwares and computer platforms. I worked for IBM for 18 years, using a variety of their software applications - including Lotus Notes, VMWare, WebSphere, and engineering application software like ANSYS, CATIA Elfini, ABAQUS, and ENOVIA. I have also used (and debugged) the AIX software set. In my daily engineering work, I use extensively Microsoft products such as EXCEL, WORD, and POWERPOINT. I have set up new computers, loaded (and debugged) software applications and user tools, such as Skype, virus protection and Media software. I have installed (and debugged!) many peripheral components, such as printers, wireless pointers, hard drives, recording devices, etc. While I am not Microsoft certified, I have managed my own suite of computers and software tools for many years.
My computer knowledge is general and quite current.
I scored 100% on both the Word and Excel tests, completing each in less than 2 minutes.
As an engineer, I use Math - in all its forms - on an everyday basis. I have studied advanced Maths, and applied them through my Masters level classes. My qualification tests for wyzant Maths were all perfect scores, although there is no test for pre Algebra. PreAlgebra is an introduction to some of the basic concepts of number theory and variables and I am confident that - with my teaching skills and experience with the more advanced subject matter, that I am qualified to tutor pre Algebra.
I learned to swim when I was two years old, living at the ocean with my eight siblings! At aged 14, I had completed all of my Lifesaving certificates but was required to wait until I was 15 to get certified. I began teaching swimming classes at age 15 and continued for several years. I swam competitively myself from an early age through my first year of college, and still swim recreationally today. I taught my husband to swim and both children - who are proficient competitive swimmers. I have most recently taught at the Mystic Y for 10 Program sessions, now (about a year and a half). I teach both children and Adults, both Beginner swimmers, and accomplished swimmers. I teach private lessons, when it benefits the student, and have taught beginner classes as large as 11 students at a time. I am currently teaching a triathlete training class, with 15 on the roster. I have taught students with a variety of disabilities, including learning difficulties, autism, hearing problems, and physical limitations. It is very rewarding and I love it! I receive many, many compliments on my teaching abilities; I have been able to get children and adults with strong fears into the deep end and swimming independently. I have had adults who tried lessons for years unsuccessfully, learn to swim successfully with me. Many parents have told me that their child has progressed much faster in their lessons with me, than ever before!
I teach body mechanics in the water, using exercises to ease discomfort for new swimmers (the class is called Fear No More). For early swimmers, I teach stroke technique, efficient breathing, and strength exercises. For accomplished swimmers, I improve strokes for efficiency and speed, and teach various training and racing methods.
Great Tutor — Melita has been an amazing tutor for my son. He really struggles in writing, and she is very insightful to what is blocking the process. She's great about updating me every day with what they work on, and this is very helpful since my son does not! He enjoys working with Melita, and she has a kind, gentle approach. Melita worked with my son for the month of June for 2 hours, 5 days a week, and the ...
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