Melanie Valenciana
  • Melanie Valenciana
  • Hello and welcome to my profile! My name is Melanie Valenciana. I have my Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Our Lady of the Lake University in Texas. I am certified in ESL (English as a Second Language) (K-12) and have my 120 hour TESOL certificate. I have been teaching English online for 2 years. After college, I worked full time as a Biomedical Research Technician and then as a Laboratory Research Assistant. I am also an Entrepreneur at USANA Health Sciences Inc. and run a small business in Dominican Republican with my fiancé where I am currently living. I have worked with children for 20 years. My experience includes teaching students from ages 3 to 18 and up in a variety of different settings (in the classroom, home private lessons, after school programs, school club organizations, social groups, online platforms, and community groups). A few subjects that I’m most passionate about teaching include science, art, volleyball, and English. I love school and to learn new things. This is why I consider myself a lifelong learner and would love to share with you. Some of my passions in life are my family, teaching, and the outdoors. Some fun facts about me include: •Speak 2 languages - English & Spanish •Scientist - blood research & animal surgeon •Actress - Friday Night Lights •Designer - jewelry •Motorcycle owner •Dancing - bachata/hip hop/shuffle/Soca •Dog owner - Poncho (pitbull/certified service dog) & Playa (rescued dog from beach in Dominican Republic) •Traveled to 19 countries •Spirit animal - white tiger & dolphin •Favorite quote - "You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get." ~Michael Phelps •Professional beach volleyball player In 2012, my volleyball career went to the next level and I pursued my childhood dream. I was given the opportunity to play professionally in Europe where I finished the 2013 season with Switzerland. Soon after, I decided to transition over to beach volleyball. In 2015, I joined the U.S. Virgin Islands Nation beach volleyball team and am currently playing on tour. My recent achievements include 2012 Rio Olympic trials, top 8 finish in the Norceca Pro International Tour, 2018 Barranquilla Central American and Caribbean Games, 2019 Lima Pan American games, and what is now the 2021 Tokyo Olympic trials. I love being a teacher! I love seeing the joy that comes when a child learns and masters a new skill. I am a very energetic teacher who loves making kids excited about learning. I have taught kids of all ages and enjoy the challenge of connecting and teaching kids from all walks of life. I take pride in teaching kids and sharing their passion. My goal while teaching with Kids Connected is to make learning fun, enjoyable, and entertaining! I can’t wait to meet you!

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