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I enjoy teaching almost as much as I enjoy learning. My credentials include a Masters Degree in Elementary and Special Education, a Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science (Psychology), Dual Pennsylvania Teaching Certification (Elementary and Special Education), and Brain Injury Specialist Certification from the Brain Injury Association of America. I have 4 years of formal teaching experience and 10 years of experience in positions that require excellent interpersonal skills (healthcare, psychology and education).

I have enjoyed the opportunity to teach diverse groups of students, including those with a variety of learning, emotional, behavioral, and neurological disabilities, those who perform at or below grade level, and English Language Learners. I have collaborated with various treatment teams composed of teachers, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and family-based services in order to better address students' needs. These experiences have helped me to become the balanced and caring educator I am today.

My strengths include strong problem-solving skills, proactively assessing my classroom and students, creativity in motivating various types of learners and being flexible in various situations. I enjoy creating lessons that bring a multi-sensory approach to learning and accommodate students' varied learning needs. When preparing lessons, I take into account what motivates my students, what their interests are, learning styles and what challenges they face (if applicable). I believe that every person deserves to learn and to be challenged to reach his or her potential. I am passionate about supporting my students and teaching them to support themselves.

Feel free to contact me with any questions, learn more about tutoring and schedule a lesson!

Melissa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Saint Joseph's University - Bachelor of Science, Psychology

Graduate Degree: Saint Joseph's University - Master of Science, Dual Elementary and Special Education

State Certified Teacher


Music, dancing, traveling, art, films, sports, fitness, nutrition,

Tutoring Subjects


Algebra 2



College Algebra

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

Competition Math

Creative Writing

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing




High School Chemistry

High School English

Human Development




Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing









Social Sciences


Spanish 1

Special Education


Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep


Q & A

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I help students stay motivated by incorporating their interests into lessons.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I use a variety of different presentations. Every person learns differently. What might work for one person, may not work for someone else.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would find out the student's interests and relate the subject to something the student enjoys.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I use visuals and hands-on activities to enhance learning as often as possible.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I believe frequent positive reinforcement is one of the best ways to boost student confidence.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs both formally and informally through the use of verbal and written means.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Before, during, and after each session, I consider whether or not my tutoring met the student needs. I constantly revise accordingly.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I will typically use a mixture between the materials the student is being exposed to at school and some new materials that I have prepared to enhance the student's learning in that area.