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Melisa D.

Spanish, ESL, and Yoga for Actors (and Non-Actors)

Spanish, ESL, and Yoga for Actors (and Non-Actors)

$75/hour

  • 528 hours tutoring

  • Los Angeles, CA 90028

"Knowledgeable, patient and FUN tutor!!!!"

Laura, 33 lessons with Melisa

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About Melisa


Bio

Hello,

I'm a dynamic Spanish/ESL Teacher with over ten years of experience teaching all ages and levels. I've worked with large groups, small groups, and given private lessons for both English and Spanish learners. I have TEFL certification, and I am fully bilingual (Spanish/English). I'm also a Musical Theatre trained actor and a certified Yoga teacher. I have a BFA in Dance obtained at the University of the Americas in Mexico and have booked acting jobs in theatre, commercials, radio, and...

Hello,

I'm a dynamic Spanish/ESL Teacher with over ten years of experience teaching all ages and levels. I've worked with large groups, small groups, and given private lessons for both English and Spanish learners. I have TEFL certification, and I am fully bilingual (Spanish/English). I'm also a Musical Theatre trained actor and a certified Yoga teacher. I have a BFA in Dance obtained at the University of the Americas in Mexico and have booked acting jobs in theatre, commercials, radio, and TV in Mexico City and Los Angeles.

After graduating from college in 2007, I moved to Mexico City to pursue a career in the performing arts while teaching ESL in some of the best bilingual private schools in the country. I taught English as a foreign language in Mexico for five years at three different private schools where I taught large groups from 1st to 8th grades, I worked as a substitute professor at "Universidad Autonoma de Baja California" for one year. I had the opportunity to teach English as a Second Language to employees of an international manufacturing corporation as part of their training for one year, while I was also tutoring English and Spanish privately.

Six years ago I moved to Los Angeles pursuing a further education in the Performing Arts. I completed a Musical Theatre certificate and started auditioning while interning at a boutique talent agency, which later got me into assisting in different casting agencies. During this time I realized how many more job opportunities there are for actors who speak more than one language, and with my experience in ESL, Spanish, IPA, speech, acting, and now casting, I developed effective ways to help actors become bilingual, sharpen their pronunciation, or just be able to master a specific text for an audition. At the same time, for the past five years, I have been teaching English and Spanish to non-actors, both children, and adults; and teaching ESL to factory workers at a sustainable clothing company. I've worked with high-profile families and I've also been doing translation work for bilingual celebrities' social media.

Before deciding to pursue a career in the performing arts, I studied Medicine for over three years, so I specialize in medical terminology (English/Spanish) and medical translation.

As for my tutoring/teaching method, it varies depending on the student. I need to know my student's personality, goals, and previous training before establishing a plan of action. Not everybody is interested in the same things or learns the same way. I adapt my teaching according to each person to make the learning process both efficient and fun.

Something unique that I bring to my language teaching is an emphasis on phonetics (pronunciation). I've realized that most Spanish students have studied the language for years but don't feel confident actually speaking it in a real context. My training in IPA and accent reduction gave me the ability to not only notate, but identify, and produce sounds that are particular to each language. The correct placement of the tongue and lips; pitch; intonation; and breath are a few of the variables that can help my students achieve a native sound. It's amazing how their confidence boosts as soon as they start identifying and producing these sounds themselves!

Three years ago, I traveled to India to get certified as a Yoga teacher. I spent over a month in the world's capital of Yoga, Rishikesh, completing an intensive Yoga teacher training course with amazing and knowledgeable traditional teachers. The tools that Yoga has provided me with are applicable not only to my daily life and personal relationships, but also to my performing, and teaching.

Last year, I furthered my Yoga education by completing a Yoga for Kids certificate with Kidding Around Yoga with the amazing Haris Lender, as well as a Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with the wonderful and knowledgeable Amber Voiles.

I love connecting with people, and I find tutoring and teaching very enriching, my favorite part of being a teacher is making a connection with the students, learning something new from every single one of them and, of course, watching my students' progress is the most rewarding feeling in the world! I also enjoy the flexibility of the job, which allows me to combine it with acting.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you're looking for a tutor for yourself or your child(ren). I'd be happy to help!

Happy learning and Namaste,

Melisa


Education

BFA
Dance

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $75
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90028
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 3/10/2018

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Theater

Theater

I hold a BFA in dance as well as a musical theatre certificate. I have professional experience in musical theatre, TV, and commercials.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I took the BridgeTEFL Course (120 hrs). I hold both Business and Young Learners endorsements. I have seven years of experience in private bilingual schools: 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th grades. I have eight years of experience teaching private lessons and tutoring. I have three years of experience in corporate teaching. I have a year of experience subbing at a college level. I know IPA.
Spanish

Spanish

I'm a native Spanish speaker. I'm fully bilingual (English/Spanish), I'm a certified ESL Teacher. I have 7 years of experience in private bilingual schools: 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th grades; 8 years of experience teaching private lessons and tutoring; 3 years of experience in corporate teaching; and a year of experience subbing at College level. I have some Speech training and know IPA. I'm also an actor and have worked in both the Spanish and General market in Los Angeles.

Elementary Education

Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I took the BridgeTEFL Course (120 hrs). I hold both Business and Young Learners endorsements. I have seven years of experience in private bilingual schools: 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th grades. I have eight years of experience teaching private lessons and tutoring. I have three years of experience in corporate teaching. I have a year of experience subbing at a college level. I know IPA.
Spelling, Vocabulary

Homeschool

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I took the BridgeTEFL Course (120 hrs). I hold both Business and Young Learners endorsements. I have seven years of experience in private bilingual schools: 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th grades. I have eight years of experience teaching private lessons and tutoring. I have three years of experience in corporate teaching. I have a year of experience subbing at a college level. I know IPA.
Spanish,

Spanish

I'm a native Spanish speaker. I'm fully bilingual (English/Spanish), I'm a certified ESL Teacher. I have 7 years of experience in private bilingual schools: 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th grades; 8 years of experience teaching private lessons and tutoring; 3 years of experience in corporate teaching; and a year of experience subbing at College level. I have some Speech training and know IPA. I'm also an actor and have worked in both the Spanish and General market in Los Angeles.
Spelling

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I took the BridgeTEFL Course (120 hrs). I hold both Business and Young Learners endorsements. I have seven years of experience in private bilingual schools: 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th grades. I have eight years of experience teaching private lessons and tutoring. I have three years of experience in corporate teaching. I have a year of experience subbing at a college level. I know IPA.
Spanish

Spanish

I'm a native Spanish speaker. I'm fully bilingual (English/Spanish), I'm a certified ESL Teacher. I have 7 years of experience in private bilingual schools: 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th grades; 8 years of experience teaching private lessons and tutoring; 3 years of experience in corporate teaching; and a year of experience subbing at College level. I have some Speech training and know IPA. I'm also an actor and have worked in both the Spanish and General market in Los Angeles.

Most Popular

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I took the BridgeTEFL Course (120 hrs). I hold both Business and Young Learners endorsements. I have seven years of experience in private bilingual schools: 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th grades. I have eight years of experience teaching private lessons and tutoring. I have three years of experience in corporate teaching. I have a year of experience subbing at a college level. I know IPA.
Spanish

Spanish

I'm a native Spanish speaker. I'm fully bilingual (English/Spanish), I'm a certified ESL Teacher. I have 7 years of experience in private bilingual schools: 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th grades; 8 years of experience teaching private lessons and tutoring; 3 years of experience in corporate teaching; and a year of experience subbing at College level. I have some Speech training and know IPA. I'm also an actor and have worked in both the Spanish and General market in Los Angeles.

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I took the BridgeTEFL Course (120 hrs). I hold both Business and Young Learners endorsements. I have seven years of experience in private bilingual schools: 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th grades. I have eight years of experience teaching private lessons and tutoring. I have three years of experience in corporate teaching. I have a year of experience subbing at a college level. I know IPA.

Science

Anatomy

Sports/Recreation

Ballet,

Ballet

I have been training since a young age, I've trained with great ballet dancers and choreographers who have danced professionally in companies around the world. I have a BFA in Dance and I have Musical Theatre training. Besides Ballet, I dance Jazz, Flamenco and Tap. I believe that a solid classical training is critic to master any other style of Dance.
Yoga

Yoga

I studied Yoga in India. I completed an intensive 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh, where I stayed for over a month getting trained by talented teachers. I am a certified yoga teacher recognized by the U.S. Yoga Alliance.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I took the BridgeTEFL Course (120 hrs). I hold both Business and Young Learners endorsements. I have seven years of experience in private bilingual schools: 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th grades. I have eight years of experience teaching private lessons and tutoring. I have three years of experience in corporate teaching. I have a year of experience subbing at a college level. I know IPA.
Spanish

Spanish

I'm a native Spanish speaker. I'm fully bilingual (English/Spanish), I'm a certified ESL Teacher. I have 7 years of experience in private bilingual schools: 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th grades; 8 years of experience teaching private lessons and tutoring; 3 years of experience in corporate teaching; and a year of experience subbing at College level. I have some Speech training and know IPA. I'm also an actor and have worked in both the Spanish and General market in Los Angeles.

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Ratings and Reviews


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Melisa is terrific to work with!

Melisa is patient and organized. I appreciate her keeping our objectives in mind at every lesson. My 11 year old enjoys her weekly Spanish lesson with Melisa.

Alex, 7 lessons with Melisa

Excellent Spanish tutor

Melisa was wonderful with my high school aged daughter. She had very specific grammar questions and Melisa was able to clear up her confusion. I would definitely recommend her!

Lisa, 3 lessons with Melisa
Tutor responded:

Thank you! Happy to help :)

Excellent

Melisa is always patient and encouraging. She makes learning Spanish so much easier. She is able to review my homeschool assignments and help me really learn it.

Ruth Anne, 26 lessons with Melisa
Tutor responded:

Thank you so much! I'm very happy to see your progress. Keep up the hard work!

Great tutor!!

Melisa had great practical tips for my son to be consistent. She understands how people process learning a language. It all comes from repitition!!

Lorri, 4 lessons with Melisa
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Lorri. I'm happy to help Samson improve his Spanish.

Job well done

Melisa was great! I booked her for my boss and my boss enjoyed her lesson. Great communication, would definitely recommend her.

Brandon, 6 lessons with Melisa
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Brandon! It's been great talking to you. Meeting your boss was lovely, and I'm more than happy to help her achieve her goals in Spanish.

VERY knowledgable and helpful!

Melisa is amazing! She helped me so much, while working at a fast pace as I asked her to. She explained things very clearly and helped me grasp ideas by sharing her knowledge. She is by far the best Spanish tutor I've ever had!

Abigail, 1 lesson with Melisa
Tutor responded:

Thank you, it was my pleasure! I'm happy I could help.

So fun!

Melisa was a very great tutor! She made me actually have fun while learning which helped me get the information down faster, I would recommend her!

Kayla, 1 lesson with Melisa
Tutor responded:

You are the sweetest! It was my absolute pleasure tutoring you for your test. Hope to see you again soon.

Awesome first class!

We went over basic things but I was surprised I knew a lot more than I thought! Melisa was nice and very helpful! I promise I will practice!

Sarah, 1 lesson with Melisa

Helping my son connect to SpanishII

My son connected to Melisa's teaching. He is way behind in Spanish and has stayed focused in her lessons. He can't thank her enough when she leaves. He seems relaxed and positive.

Paige, 10 lessons with Melisa
Tutor responded:

I'm glad I could help. I'm really proud of your son's progress, but it was crucial to have teamed up with you to make it all happen. Hope to see you all next year!

$75/hour

Melisa D.

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