Bio & Contact


Melissa Nazario has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Communication from Valparaiso University, and Master of Arts in English and American Literature from The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She received the 2006 UTEP Honors Convocation Outstanding English Thesis Award for her master’s thesis, “Parting the Shadowy Veil: Trauma, Testimony, and Shadow in Toni Morrison’s Beloved.”

Melissa is a staff writer for Total Okinawa magazine and website, and regularly reviews local restaurants, beauty spas, and other businesses. She also contributes articles to Okinawa Hai. If you’re a business on Okinawa and want some exposure, please contact her at to have your business reviewed. It’s free!

Melissa has been teaching English since 2003. She currently enjoys teaching English to native Japanese speakers from preschool age to adult. She also privately tutors a middle school DODDS student, and is working on her tutor certification through the National Tutoring Association. Contact her at if you’re interested in private tutoring.

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