Melissa Uchiyama is a US National Board Certified teacher who has worked as a mentor for other educators and has led and continues to lead small group classes, whole classrooms in early literacy, emergent literacy and sophisticated writing programs.
Melissa has been published in The Washington Post, The Japan Times, Kyoto Journal, in Mamalode, within anthologies, and additional journals. She has worked one-on-one with one of the most prominent, living poets, and stays current in top writing and editing strategies, enrolling in courses through Writers’ Digest, privately, with best-selling authors and international writing groups.
With over sixteen years in education, Melissa has worked with a variety of needs and communities, both in south Florida, where she began, to the Japanese and international families that make up Tokyo. Ms. Uchiyama worked as one of two writing teachers in her elementary school, expressly focusing on every component of the writing process full-time, fueled by data-driven, straight-from-Harvard-Ed research. She cultivated best practices and saw students soar, both on paper and what shone through their eyes and in conversation.
She has met privately and in classrooms, teaching kindergarten, elementary, middle school, and high school students working towards college acceptance, even coaching MBA students in their essay writing.
“I believe in the power of asking good questions, of prompting and facilitating a prime learning environment. I believe that young writers can be each other’s biggest fans as they build community with their insightful words,” she says.
Ms. Uchiyama believes that helping young people become strong writers will serve them within multiple languages, through relationships, careers, and within every calling and season of their lives. Writing and language, similar to other fine arts, can bridge gaps and bring forward quick and thorough growth. She can meet the need of any student, at any age.
This summer, Tokyo kids will get writing, reading, and thinking like authors while collaborating, giving and receiving detailed feedback. They will remember that writing can be so much fun–truly rewarding!
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