My name is Melissa and I specialize in both academic tutoring for children (especially those with ADHD
, 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 6 to 13 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 nearly full time for over four years and I am a former job placement recruiter and sales manager so I know the professional demands of the marketplace. 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.
Three of my specialties are teaching an Orton-Gillingham based phonics
program to struggling readers, instructing children and adults in public speaking
, and teaching English
pronunciation and conversation to ESL
learners in a way that makes sense. Additionally, I present information to all students in cross-curricular ways so they see how an English lesson relates to social studies
, how writing relates to career success, etc. I believe one-on-one instruction boosts a person'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 Master of Education from Grand Canyon University. Additionally, I am a member of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education and was rated one of WyzAnt's top 250 tutors (out of 17,000 nationwide) in 2014.
I also have attended many home-educator training seminars to enhance my skills in home schooling children. My own school experience involved active participation in speech
, drama, band, 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.
Attention: Please note that due to my full tutoring load, the bulk of my tutoring hours are conducted at my location in Cary, IL. I can meet with students at alternate locations sometimes between the hours of 9:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. during the school year and conduct on-line tutoring sessions. I highly recommend that school-age students meet at my location for the following reasons:
* Students are not distracted by their home environment.
* I have multiple total physical response activities available for special needs
* All my teaching supplies are available for the benefit of your children.