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Melissa P.

Savannah, GA

$26/hr

Enthusiastic Tutor for Spanish, ESL and Art

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Background check passed as of 3/18/15

Enthusiastic Tutor for Spanish, ESL and Art

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Hello, my name is Melissa and I love what I do here through WyzAnt! If you need some guidance with Spanish, ESL or Visual Arts let me help you!

As for my background, my mom is from Colombia, my father is American. I grew up with both languages and thoroughly enjoy sharing what I know with others. I earned a bachelors in Spanish from Valdosta State University and have worked with children and adults to meet their language learning needs.

For Spanish language learners, I highly recommend:
-Fire Fly or Merriam Webster visual dictionary
- a Larrouse Spanish dictionary is a great tool as well. As you look up words, you read Spanish definitions as opposed to only English translations
-McGraw Spanish grammar workbook (grammar lessons in small bites)

As much as you want to speak the language, I want to help you get there. You'll learn how to talk about yourself, your family, friends, job, hobbies, food, what you did last week, what you used to do as a kid, how to tell people what to do, how to express hopes, talk about plans for the future etc. etc. Sometimes I'll use short little Spanish articles I find online to get you practicing your reading and also to practice discussing a topic. For those who are already familiar with Spanish, we will just fill in gaps, and work on correcting mistakes. It just takes practice and patience but we can get you there.

Hola me llamo Melissa. Soy mitad colombiana, mitad americana. Si necesitas ayuda con inglés, cuéntamelo. Me encanta aprender idiomas y ensenarlos. Tengo mucha paciencia y tiempo para ayudarle.

As for art, I've been drawing portraits since I was 13 and absolutely love it. If you are interested in learning basic drawing skills with pastel, graphite or charcoal, I can help you.

"Very Positive and Knowledgeable --- Works with You!"

- Janet, Savannah, GA on 6/13/14
Melissa replied on 7/10/2014

Thank you very much Janet!! It is a pleasure working with you!!

Muchas gracias Janet!! Es un placer trabajar contigo!!

"Professional, patient and effective tutor"

- Giancarlo, Tybee Island, GA on 3/16/14
Melissa replied on 3/16/2014

Thank you Giancarlo! It was an absolute pleasure working with your son. He is a wonderful person and student. I wish you guys the very best, thank you for everything!

"Great tutor"

- Jess, Savannah, GA on 3/8/14
Melissa replied on 3/10/2014

Thanks a lot Jess! It is a pleasure to work with you! And, don't ever worry about your schedule.

"Good tutor."

- Suzette, Pooler, GA on 2/6/14
Melissa replied on 2/13/2014

Thank you Suzette, for your support! It's a pleasure working with the girls. They are bright and definitely keep me on my toes!

"Such a Thoughtful, Creative and Patient Tutor"

- Canetha, Savannah, GA on 12/10/13
Melissa replied on 2/13/2014

Thank you Canetha! It has been a pleasure and an absolute blast working with you!

English:
ESL/ESOL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
Art:
Drawing
Homeschool:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Drawing

I've been drawing realistically for more than 10 years. Graphite (pencil), pen and pastel are my main areas of strength. My minor was art in undergrad at V.S.U. I'm now studying art at SCAD.

ESL/ESOL

Throughout my college experience I took education classes, three of which were focused on ESL instruction. I have an endorsement to teach ESL (a step below certification). As part of the program we worked within the community, in public schools (elementary-high school) and in adult learning centers where we tutored students one-on-one.

Spanish

Over the 25 years of my life I have been exposed on a regular basis to the Spanish language. My mother is Colombian, so I grew up listening and understanding it. While in middle school I decided to learn it on a formal level and did so throughout high school. Once I attended college, I majored in Spanish, took 2 years of education classes and student taught at a local high school for 3 months. During that time I faced the challenge of teaching Spanish 1-3 and realized how productive I could be working one-on-one with students.

Melissa’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Melissa. View all of Melissa’s resources

I think the main confusion comes when faced with the decision between "por" or "para" when they can both be used.   El pastel fue preparado para Maria. The cake was made FOR Maria. (Maria has nothing to do with the preparation.)   El pastel fue preparado...

One of my favorite tools to use when starting lessons with students is Facebook. It's great because most students have smart phones and can open the app right there. And, you get your students to talk about people they know, or people they would like to know more about (celebrities and such). For my Spanish students, we open up a friend's page and just like that we create sentences and ask... read more

Valdosta State University
Spanish
Savannah College of Art and Design
Master's

Education

Valdosta State University (Spanish)

Savannah College of Art and Design (Master's)

Very Positive and Knowledgeable --- Works with You! — Melissa is wonderful!!! She is cheerful, very knowledgeable, and will work with you at the speed you need to work. I'm very happy she is my tutor!!! ...

— Janet, Savannah, GA on 6/13/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $26.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Melissa will travel within 20 miles of Savannah, GA 31419.


About Melissa

Hello, my name is Melissa and I love what I do here through WyzAnt! If you need some guidance with Spanish, ESL or Visual Arts let me help you!

As for my background, my mom is from Colombia, my father is American. I grew up with both languages and thoroughly enjoy sharing what I know with others. I earned a bachelors in Spanish from Valdosta State University and have worked with children and adults to meet their language learning needs.

For Spanish language learners, I highly recommend:
-Fire Fly or Merriam Webster visual dictionary
- a Larrouse Spanish dictionary is a great tool as well. As you look up words, you read Spanish definitions as opposed to only English translations
-McGraw Spanish grammar workbook (grammar lessons in small bites)

As much as you want to speak the language, I want to help you get there. You'll learn how to talk about yourself, your family, friends, job, hobbies, food, what you did last week, what you used to do as a kid, how to tell people what to do, how to express hopes, talk about plans for the future etc. etc. Sometimes I'll use short little Spanish articles I find online to get you practicing your reading and also to practice discussing a topic. For those who are already familiar with Spanish, we will just fill in gaps, and work on correcting mistakes. It just takes practice and patience but we can get you there.

Hola me llamo Melissa. Soy mitad colombiana, mitad americana. Si necesitas ayuda con inglés, cuéntamelo. Me encanta aprender idiomas y ensenarlos. Tengo mucha paciencia y tiempo para ayudarle.

As for art, I've been drawing portraits since I was 13 and absolutely love it. If you are interested in learning basic drawing skills with pastel, graphite or charcoal, I can help you.

Testimonials

"Very Positive and Knowledgeable --- Works with You!"

- Janet, Savannah, GA on 6/13/14
Melissa replied on 7/10/2014

Thank you very much Janet!! It is a pleasure working with you!!

Muchas gracias Janet!! Es un placer trabajar contigo!!

"Professional, patient and effective tutor"

- Giancarlo, Tybee Island, GA on 3/16/14
Melissa replied on 3/16/2014

Thank you Giancarlo! It was an absolute pleasure working with your son. He is a wonderful person and student. I wish you guys the very best, thank you for everything!

"Great tutor"

- Jess, Savannah, GA on 3/8/14
Melissa replied on 3/10/2014

Thanks a lot Jess! It is a pleasure to work with you! And, don't ever worry about your schedule.

"Good tutor."

- Suzette, Pooler, GA on 2/6/14
Melissa replied on 2/13/2014

Thank you Suzette, for your support! It's a pleasure working with the girls. They are bright and definitely keep me on my toes!

"Such a Thoughtful, Creative and Patient Tutor"

- Canetha, Savannah, GA on 12/10/13
Melissa replied on 2/13/2014

Thank you Canetha! It has been a pleasure and an absolute blast working with you!


Education

Valdosta State University
Spanish
Savannah College of Art and Design
Master's

Education

Valdosta State University (Spanish)

Savannah College of Art and Design (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Savannah, GA 31419

Melissa’s Subjects

English:
ESL/ESOL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
Art:
Drawing
Homeschool:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Melissa’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Melissa. View all of Melissa’s resources

I think the main confusion comes when faced with the decision between "por" or "para" when they can both be used.   El pastel fue preparado para Maria. The cake was made FOR Maria. (Maria has nothing to do with the preparation.)   El pastel fue preparado...

One of my favorite tools to use when starting lessons with students is Facebook. It's great because most students have smart phones and can open the app right there. And, you get your students to talk about people they know, or people they would like to know more about (celebrities and such). For my Spanish students, we open up a friend's page and just like that we create sentences and ask... read more


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