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Melisa D.

Los Angeles, CA

$70/hour

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

300+ Hours
Background check passed as of 5/11/15
5.0 average from 150 ratings
Knowledgeable, patient and FUN tutor!!!!
— Laura, Playa Del Rey, CA on 6/15/16

$70/Hour


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Dance

Education

BFA (Dance)

About Melisa

Hello,

I'm a dynamic Spanish/ESL Teacher with nine years of experience teaching all ages and levels. I've worked with large groups, small groups, and given private lessons both for English and Spanish. I have TEFL certification, and I am fully bilingual (Spanish/English). I'm also a musical theatre trained actor. 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.

Five 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 Speech, ESL, Spanish, IPA, 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. As well as doing some translation work for bilingual celebrities' social media.

Besides the performing arts, I specialize in medical terminology teaching and 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!

Two 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 satisfying 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
Hello,

I'm a dynamic Spanish/ESL Teacher with nine years of experience teaching all ages and levels. I've worked with large groups, small groups, and given private lessons both for English and Spanish. I have TEFL certification, and I am fully bilingual (Spanish/English). I'm also a musical theatre trained actor. I have a BFA in Dance
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Special prices for homeschooling families. (Restrictions apply)

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90028
Background Check: Passed

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

- Laura, Playa Del Rey, CA on 6/15/16
Melisa replied on 6/22/2016

Thank you! It's been so much fun teaching you. You have the most amazing energy both as a student and as a person. I hope to be your teacher for years to come ;)

"Excellent"

- Ruth Anne, Glendale, CA on 1/13/17
Melisa replied on 1/18/2017

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

"Great tutor!!"

- Lorri, Los Angeles, CA on 11/30/16
Melisa replied on 12/7/2016

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

"Job well done"

- Brandon, Los Angeles, CA on 11/7/16
Melisa replied on 11/17/2016

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!"

- Abigail, Los Angeles, CA on 6/23/16
Melisa replied on 6/24/2016

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

"So fun!"

- Kayla, Encino, CA on 5/17/16
Melisa replied on 6/22/2016

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

"Awesome first class!"

- Sarah, Sherman Oaks, CA on 4/19/16

"Helping my son connect to SpanishII"

- Paige, Pasadena, CA on 4/14/16
Melisa replied on 6/22/2016

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!

"Simply the best. She is creative and makes learning fun. I am lucky to be her student."

- Shiela, Los Angeles, CA on 12/1/15
Melisa replied on 6/22/2016

And I am lucky to be your teacher. Thank you so much for your review and for being such an amazing student. You're awesome!

"Wonderful and inspiring Yoga Instructor"

- Danielle, Burbank, CA on 11/16/15

"Great tutor"

- Monica, Encino, CA on 10/30/15

"So far so good"

- Nancy, Los Angeles, CA on 9/15/15

"Great Tutor and Very Patient"

- Victor, North Hollywood, CA on 6/28/15
Math:
Elementary Math
Science:
Anatomy
Art:
Theatre
English:
ESL/ESOL,
Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
Common Core
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Homeschool, Phonics, Spelling, Vocabulary
Sports/Recreation:
Ballet,
Yoga

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.

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.

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

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.

Theatre

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

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.

BFA
Dance

Education

BFA (Dance)

Knowledgeable, patient and FUN tutor!!!!

AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!!!! I've only had one lesson with Melisa, but I can tell, based on past bad tutor experiences, that she is going to be amazing! She is smart, witty, makes learning interesting and fun and explains everything so very concisely and directly. She's really great and I can't wait for our next lesson.

— Laura, Playa Del Rey, CA on 6/15/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Special prices for homeschooling families. (Restrictions apply)

Travel policy

Melisa will travel within 10 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90028.