Project SPELL, a free tutoring service for UCLA employees, loves to acknowledge individuals who advocate, work hard, and dedicate themselves to the program, which is why we chose to celebrate Project SPELL’s 2015-16 President, Marissa Mayeda. Currently a 4th year student and a double major in Psychobiology and English, Marissa plans to teach after she graduates. She was recently accepted into the Teach for America program, which is a two year commitment. She will teach chemistry to high school students in Los Angeles and is looking forward to the new and exciting experience.
Marissa is one of Project SPELL’s most hardworking tutors. She discovered SPELL through an Applied Linguistics mailing list her freshmen year, making her the current tutor who has been with the program the longest. Her learner this quarter is Alba Roche, a Senior Custodian at UCLA who wants to improve her oral communication and listening skills. With Marissa as her tutor and Alba’s determination to learn, her English skills have vastly improved this quarter.
When asked what she loves most about Project SPELL, Marissa states that she enjoys working with people who are eager to learn and grow. She loves seeing the learners’ confidence grow as they progress through the program with their tutors, and she is genuinely grateful for the large number of dedicated students who work together as volunteer tutors. “Having the chance to help someone else can be inspiring,” Marissa explains, “…whenever we give, we receive so much more.”