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Melissa R

English, SAT Tutor

Skidmore College

Majors: English

Other Certificates: MA: English Literature, Secondary English Education; CT Certified English Teacher 7-12

About Me



Teacher and student come together in my classes or tutoring sessions as peers who collaborate to dig deeper into a line of inquiry, whether this line of inquiry be the close reading of a passage, how to revise a thesis statement, etc. Students learn by initiating, asking questions, and taking risks. My role as a teacher is to facilitate, model, and build the necessary scaffolding to help a student reach his/her goals.


Analyzing literature and teaching reading and writing have been my passion since my undergraduate years, when I majored in English and tutored fellow undergraduates in the Writing Center at Skidmore College. This work was the catalyst for attending Brown University to earn my Masters in Secondary English Education (MAT). I have recently completed my MA in English literature at St. John’s University and am currently working on my PhD dissertation.


I taught high school English for four years (CT), and undergraduate English literature and writing courses at St. John’s University (NY) and Skidmore College (NY) for three years. I am certified to teach undergraduate English courses online through St. John’s University and have taught online courses for one year.


Throughout my undergraduate and graduate years, I danced classical ballet, attended Women’s Studies events, and participated in honors societies, including: Periclean Honors Society; Honors Forum; Sigma Tau Delta honors society.