- Hourly rate $20
- Response Time 24h
1st lesson free!
Retired Doctor and Science Guru Who Is Ready To Help You Succeed!
- Daytona Beach
- at your home
About the lesson
My teaching philosophy is simple: Education should be learner and learning-centered. My outlook on education stems from personal experience. I took my first tertiary course at Brevard Community College the summer before I entered the University of Central Florida. In terms of instructional vs. learning-centered academia, my experiences determined that my personal successes were not dependent on the type of institution. Rather, my personal successes were dependent on the professor’s ability to support my learning styles and personalize the learning process.
Medical school challenged my learning abilities with such incredible intensity that I contemplated dropping out. My first year, I was paying to teach myself. I was wasting precious learning and study time, sitting there listening to a PhD boast about his research, foregoing the subject of the course. For the first time in my academic career, I skipped class so that I COULD learn…and I was paying a TON of money to learn on my own! To avoid failure, I sought academic/psychological counseling. I grew to appreciate my “learning styles”, “multiple intelligences”, strengths, and learning weaknesses. Once I started to personalize my learning, I began to succeed.
Regardless of what I teach, I commence the course by getting to know my students and getting them to know themselves. I post one of my favorite quotes by Socrates on the board: “Know thyself.” My students engage in learning styles, multiple intelligence, study skills, test-taking, personality and career tests so that we can identify strengths, interests, and areas to improve. With these assessment tests, I get accurate data on my students and their needs. Thus, I teach to all learning styles and intelligences, differentiating the learning experience. One size does not fit all.
“Whole-brain” learning is crucial to the learning process. Arts and activities combined with analytical thinking engage more of the brain. This proves to have a profound effect of learning and retention. Therefore, I always integrate movement and creative projects into my lesson plans.
College / University Preparation
- Elementary School
- Middle School
Advanced Technical Certificate
College / University
Dr. Melissa Williamson
• Des Moines University, B.S. in Medical Science
Born in Orlando, Florida, Melissa grew up on the Space Coast, enjoying the beach and Space Shuttle launches from NASA. Driven, Melissa graduated from medical school in 1996 and practiced as a podiatric surgeon in Illinois. Melissa completed an internship at the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas, Texas, which inspired her to become a personal trainer, exercise physiologist, yoga/Pilates and aerobics instructor, plus educator. Melissa is a certified Biology, Health, PE, and Reading endorsed teacher. Recognized for her passion to teach and tutor, Melissa received the “Teacher of the Year” award for Brevard County (Area IV) and Titusville High School, plus the “Florida Health Teacher of the Year” award in 2005.
Melissa has instructed, conducted research, and served as an author/editor as a university professor both in the USA and South Korea, where she has taught several courses, including her favorite: Anatomy & Physiology. She has also taught Communication Disorders, English, German, Research Writing (graduate level course), Medical Terminology, Introduction to Health Care, Aerobics, and First Aid/Safety. At the secondary level, Melissa has taught a plethora of courses: Intro. to Health Care, Medical Terminology, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Environmental Science, Biology, Marine Biology, Chemistry, Integrated Science I-III, Health, PE, Career Research & Decision Making, Critical Thinking & Study Skills, Reading, English, Writing, Journalism, ACT/SAT prep, Physical Science, Life Science, and mathematics (Algebra I and II). As a tutor, she has helped students succeed in all of the aforementioned courses as well as College Prep, Economics, American Government, Speech/Public Speaking, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, World History, and Life Management Skills.
Melissa has volunteered as an American Heart Association plus Red Cross CPR/FA/AED and babysitting instructor for many years. Melissa’s passion for writing is evident in her published works and editing projects for Reebok Instructor, textbook companies, doctors, collegiate researchers, and graduate students. An advocate for world peace, Melissa “goes green”, eats organic food, and thrives on physical and mental fitness: dance, running, swimming (in the ocean), kayaking, white water rafting, water and snow skiing, biking, boxing, weightlifting, “tramping” (trampoline workouts), tennis, Pilates, yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Budokon, meditation, Reiki, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Body Talk, visualization, organic (raw) cooking, and gardening. She possesses the following certifications: FL Professional Educator: Biology, Health, PE, Reading; AHA BLS for Healthcare Workers; Red Cross CPR/FA/AED; Pilates/Yoga/Fitness Instructor; Life Coach; Master Personal Trainer; Herbs/Supplements; Stress Management; Reiki. “Be the change” is her mantra.
- 5h: $18
- 10h: $16
Depending on your location, I may have to charge more for travel expenses (e.g. $1-$5 extra depending on distance). If you live within 20 minutes or less of my location, then there is no extra charge.