University of Denver (Political Science)
University of Denver (J.D.)
liverpool hope university (Other)
After serving as an attorney with the Colorado State Legislature, I returned to my first love – teaching. I have taught and tutored middle school students all the way through college students, as well as adult literacy, citizenship tests, students with learning differences and test preparation for SAT, ACT and LSAT. I love teaching and helping students who are struggling to even like school, let alone excel at it.
I had a double major in college (Political Science and History) and double minors (English and Education) to increase my ability to teach many different subjects and won an award for teaching during my first year. After serving as an attorney with the Colorado State Legislature, I returned to my first love – teaching. I have taught and tutored middle school students all the way through college students, as well as adult literacy, citizenship tests, students with learning differences and test preparation for SAT, ACT and LSAT. I love teaching and helping
Not only is Melissa a well educated professional, she also has insights that target the needs that will ensure success. Melissa's methods of tutoring address the intellectual as well as the personal emotional blocks a student may have to learning. The results will be a well rounded motivated and educated student who can meet their educational challenges with confidence.
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I passed the bar exam after graduating from the University of Denver law school and practiced law for 12 years before becoming a teacher. I have tutored pre-law and government classes at the college level.
I practiced as general counsel for the Colorado legislature and the Colorado Department of Health, also serving as an administrative law judge.
I am very well qualified to tutor in this area.
I majored in Political Science at the University of Denver, then graduated with a law degree, passed the Colorado bar exam and practiced law for ten years before becoming a teacher. As such, I took a year of Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, as well as courses in Constitutional Procedure, Criminal Procedure. The level of understanding required in these classes and in passing the bar far exceeds anything middle school, high school or college classes requires. I handled criminal cases on both sides – defense and prosecution.
I began teaching 5th and 6th grade, which I found to be incredibly rewarding and enjoyable. Students of that age are able to do much more, learn much more than many realize. In my 5th grade English class, we astounded the parents, principal and other classes by not only reading a Shakespeare play, but actually putting in on for the parents and other classes. In addition, I was able to challenge their reading goals by promising to read every book the students read – 120 in all. I also taught Social Studies to that grade, which included geography, maps, government and world cultures.
I won the 'Rookie of the Year' for the Archdiocese of Dallas Schools in my very first year.
I am qualified to tutor in the subject of film because I took several courses in college that covered not only classic films, but examined film genres such as film noir and film-making, including cinematography, script-writing, directing techniques and symbolism.
In addition, I have been an avid movie-goer for decades.
A degree in English
Taught Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Writing in middle and high school
Tutored those subjects at the college level
Proofread textbooks for publisher
Wrote laws and regulations for the State of Colorado
I am of an age when handwriting was taught and practiced, as well as graded. I also am an artist and I enjoyed handwriting from an artistic as well as a practical point of view. I have taken several calligraphy classes.
As a teacher of middle school students, I re-introduced handwriting as a subject and built student enthusiasm, which was welcomed and appreciated by the parents and other teachers who found that student work in their classes became more legible and resulted in higher grades for the students. A win-win-win!
I have studied music and music theory for years, first with piano and voice lessons, then performance in choirs from the age of 10. Most recently, I sang in a cathedral choir, which required audition and a demanding practice schedule; we also recorded a series of CDs that received critical praise and national sales.
In addition, I have a master's degree in popular music that required a year-long course in musicology.
I had a dual major at the University of Denver in History and Political Science, which complemented each other perfectly.
I did extremely well in classes such as US government, world political systems, comparative government, and policy formation.
These were extremely useful when I went to law school and concentrated on constitutional law and procedure.
I served as an attorney for the General Assembly (state legislature) of Colorado, which required drafting statutes, working with committees of senators and representatives, as well as the governor to resolve issues, drafting amendments and studying statutes to determine if they were constitutionality.
These qualifications far exceed what would be required of high school or college courses and make me extremely qualified to tutor political science.
I excelled in public speaking and debate courses in high school and college, which was useful when I became an attorney and needed to be able not only to prepare and deliver opening and closing arguments, but to be ready to answer questions from the judge.
When I served as an attorney for the State of Colorado, I was required to present proposed statutes and regulations to committees of Senators and Representatives, as well as the State Board of Health. These were highly pressurized situations when being able to deliver a presentation and respond to questions, to think on one's feet, were essential.
After taking a course in learning differences and what study skills work best with specific challenges, I taught a seminar to other teachers in a K-8 school. In addition, I reviewed study skills in my classes for many years to help my students prepare and perform on their homework and tests, as well as presentations.
I have used a variety of study skill techniques in helping students prepare for standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT and LSAT.