Hi! I’m melissa
As a native English-speaker born and raised in the United States, I have a background with a wide-range of experiences within the legal field, community participation, organizationS, civic engagement, and education.
Luckily, my journey has brought me to Spain where I earned a Masters in Teaching in 2020. I currently work as a Language Assistant in the public school system. Since I arrived in Spain in 2018, I have gained experience in teaching elementary school learners (“primaria”) and high school learners (“secondaria”) in Spain. I also take pride in mentoring learners who may be interested in specific areas of professional interest.
In my personal time, I am taking advantage of immersing myself in Spanish culture by learning Castilian and I am pursuing the development of my interest in music and dance. I am studying music theory in Flamenco, taking Sevillanas dance classes, and exposing myself to an array of musical instruments. I am also advancing my education by working towards various certifications and music-related classes which I plan to combine as an educator in the near future.
My Teaching Philosophy
As an advocate for learners, I believe in using a holistic approach to education. All aspects of a person’s education including, psychological factors, social influences, family dynamics, and life experiences, are all variables that should be considered as contributors to a student’s learning style.
My aim is to enhance my understanding of the perceived strengths, weaknesses, and inadequacies of the learner to help take them to the next-level in cross-cultural education. I believe guiding them to push past their comfort-zone will empower them to challenge themselves and the world around them in a meaningful way.
“If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, we must teach in the way the child can learn.”
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
Photo: Exit by Faizal Omar
“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.“
~ Madeline Albright
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone though to achieve that beauty.”
~ Maya Angelou
“Your path is your character defining itself more and more every day, like a photograph coming into focus.”
~ Jodie Foster
“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”
~ Mother Teresa
“Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential advocate, every minute a chance to save the world.”
~ Dolores Huerta
“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”
~ Malala Yousafzai
“Let us pick up our books and pencils. They are our most powerful weapon..”
~ Malala Yousafzai