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I decided to have two majors in college. As a curious person who is good with numbers, I studied applied mathematics because it taught me which mathematical tools to use to learn about the subjects that interested me. I also studied Spanish, as I viewed it as an additional tool to learn about the world and many of its cultures. After 13 years in the corporate world doing research for a neuroscience company, I became an entrepreneur and opened a dance studio. In the four years we were open, the business steadily grew from nothing. Through my many responsibilities at the studio, I learned to value my ability to multi-task, think analytically and creatively, be organized, stay focused, communicate, and provide excellent customer service, all while serving the community through dance. I used my Spanish to communicate with many of the customers who regularly visited us from as far as Latin America, South America, and Spain, which helped to make them feel welcome. While running the dance studio, I also tutored part-time in math and Spanish, never letting go of my passion for those subjects. We sadly lost our lease as a result of the booming real estate market in Oakland and since then, I have been tutoring more students and really enjoying the work. I am now looking for more ways to reach students.

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Melissa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Johns Hopkins University - Bachelors, Mathematical Sciences


swimming, dancing, traveling, cooking, photography

Tutoring Subjects

Conversational Spanish

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading




Middle School Math



Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My goal is always to bring understanding of the subject rather than just answer homework questions.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Introduce myself, ask if there are any questions right off the bat, and try to gauge where the student is in the subject area.

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