Melissa T.

Melissa T.

LocationPittsburgh, PA
zip15213
Member SinceSeptember, 2012

Preferred Subjects

ESL Spanish
Italian History
Study Skills Writing
Hourly Rate$25/hour
Average Rating
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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About Melissa
Member Since:September, 2012
Gender:Female
Preferred Subjects:ESL, Spanish, Italian, History, Study Skills, Writing
Education:I graduated in April 2013 from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in African history, a certificate in African Studies, and a minor in Italian. I was on the Dean's List every semester and graduated at the top of my class.

I have a certificate in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) from the internationally-renowned Boston Language Institute. I am qualified to teach English as a Second or Foreign language both in America and abroad.
Experience:I am currently serving refugees and immigrants in Pittsburgh with AmeriCorps. I am teaching advanced ESL classes and am looking to take a few private language clients, for English, Italian, or Spanish.

I have been tutoring Spanish, Italian, and English since August of 2012. I have experience tutoring all levels of Spanish and Italian, including beginning language learners.

The TEFL certificate I earned gave me top-notch instruction and hands-on practice teaching English as a Second Language.

I love being a teacher and tutor because the social sciences are often viewed as "easier" or not as important. Yet, the social sciences, including history and language, are challenging for many students and are of immense importance. I strive to make history and social studies interesting for students, and I work to make language learners more confident in their speaking, writing, grammatical, listening, and reading skills so they can communicate more effectively with others.

Relevant subjects:
-TEFL certificate from the Boston Language Institute
-US-Latin American relations
-25-page independent study on African history
-The Politics of Violence in the Middle East
-Italian Media and Gender
-Caribbean History
-History of Southern Africa
-History of Africa Since 1800
-History of West Africa in the Era of the Slave Trade
-History of the United States Since the Civil War
-History Seminar for Majors: The Japanese Perspective on World War II
-History: Jewish Culture in Medieval Spain
-Modern Latin American History
-ENGLIT 0615: Literature and Race
-African Literature and Society
-English Comp 0200 (Honor's College)
-Intro to Women's Studies (Writing Option)
-Spanish 0025: Grammar and Composition
-Italian 1-4
-Beginning Afrikaans
Hobbies:I love to read, write, and watch movies with friends. I also draw and paint and love going to art museums. I love learning and I love helping other people learn!
Trivia: Bon Jovi is my favorite band.
Average Rating
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
Client Reviews (2)
  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
She has been working with my daughter for 2 months and it has made all the difference in the world! Our situation is a little different than most and she has been very flexible and accommodating. She is simply wonderful. I have not reservation about recommending her to others.
  • Currently 5.0/5 Stars.