My name is Melissa and I specialize in both academic tutoring for children (especially those with ADHD, Dyslexia, and other learning issues) and career preparation for adults such as resume writing, interviewing skills, and job search techniques. I love watching those "thinking light bulbs" go off in children and adults when they learn something new and feel proud of their new skill. I have three young children of my own, ranging from 5 to 12 years old. I also home schooled my oldest two children for five years. I have experience teaching elementary through Jr. High school students in one-on-one situations and through home school cooperatives. I am an Illinois certified teacher for grades K-9 and a certified substitute teacher for grades pre-K through 12. I have been privately tutoring students for over two years and I am a former job placement recruiter and sales manager. I also have skills in presenting information in creative and engaging ways as my own children have ADHD and Dyslexia issues and I substitute for special education teachers and paraprofessionals.
Two of my specialties are teaching an Orton-Gillingham based phonics program to struggling readers and teaching a full scope of curriculum to elementary students in a one-on-one or small group setting through providing a private summer school or home school enrichment experience for your child. I believe one-on-one instruction boosts a child's self-esteem, accelerates his/her learning, and allows natural talents and interests to flourish.
I have a bachelor's degree from Purdue University in public and organizational communication, 30 hours of Montessori training, and a Masters of Education from Grand Canyon University. Additionally, I am a member of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education. I also have attended many home educator training seminars. My own school experience involved active participation in speech team, journalism, drama, band and National Honor Society, and being an exchange student to Japan and Spain.
In addition to teaching elementary through high school students, I can help adults and English language learners with writing, speaking, social studies, history and career preparation such as job search techniques, resume preparation and interviewing skills.
For fun, I love to be outside, listen to music, practice hospitality, dance, hike, read, camp, go on lots of new adventures, and spend time with my children.
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