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Before pursuing a teaching certification in Biology and General Science, I worked as an agricultural research biologist- using my master's degree, which was in Botany.
I am also an accomplished seamstress, and have sewn professional. I work 1-on-1 with sewing students, all ages, all levels, in your home or mine.
I have taught public high school biology, environmental science, and forensics. As teacher, I held study sessions after school to help students prepare for tests, and they were so effective, that students who weren't mine started to attend. I teach by presenting the information in a logical, visual way, so that students can 'see' the concepts. I am very animated, and use many 'memory hooks'. I like 'hands-on' demos, videos, colors, hand motions, chants, ... whatever helps the student to understand and remember the material. This year I have also done 'homebound instruction' for students at the middle and high school level. As your biology tutor, you will do labs and demos in your kitchen. I have two college age children of my own, who are both very artsy and creative. I spend as much time as I can outside - gardening and horseback riding ... or inside sewing, which has been my life-long passion!
I have recently taught public high school biology, environmental science, and forensics. I have worked as a 1:1 with the Bucks County IU #22 with high and low functioning middle schoolers with autism and ADHD.
I worked as an one-on-one tutor with the BCIU #22 with a middle schooler who was Aspergers and ADHD, for 1 1/2 years. He was fully-included, so I monitored and assisted with academic as well as social issues. I have worked for 6 summers (2006-2012) in the IU summer program (ESY)- 2 of those with students with Aspergers. That job included weekly field trips (CBI's. I also did homebound science instruction for a 16 y/o Aspergers HS biology student spring of 2012, for 22 sessions. During that time, the student successfully completed the course work with an A-.
I worked as a 1:1 with the Bucks County IU #22 in a middle school classroom that was Autistic Support. I also worked for 6 summers with the IU in their ESY program, in an Autistic support classroom.
I love teaching biology, and incorporate current findings into the basic facts. I have taught high school biology for 4 years, and love doing hands-on science. For instance, when learning about the cellular respiration, I teach it from a human being standpoint, a plant standpoint, and a microorganism standpoint, and talk about the consequences in each organism if it doesn't work properly.
I have taught high school environmental science (ecology), including units on power, water, pollution, food supplies, and recycling. I have a strong interest in gardening and composting, and re-purposing household items and garbage, and incorporate that into my lessons.
I hold an MS in plant physiology, and have taken genetics at the graduate level. I have taught HS biology for 4 years (Hatboro Horsham HS and Upper Dublin HS), and am very knowledgeable as to teaching genetics at the HS level. These areas include the history of, mono and di-hybrid crosses and Punnetts, vocabulary, disorders, and the 'exceptions' to Mendelian genetics (codominance, incomplete dominance, etc).
I have taught high school biology for 4 years, and included in that curriculum is both plant and animal physiology. My masters degree is in plant physiology - specifically the biochemical processes in plants, such as protein/amino acid synthesis, photosynthesis, and aging. In animal physiology, I use hands on resources to teach the systems, including respiratory,circulatory,digestive,excretory, and nervous systems.
I have sewn professionally for over 30 years. I have done everything from traditional clothing for men, women, and children with and without patterns, to mass producing costumes for elementary plays, backstage emergency repairs for ballets, to prom gown alterations, hand smocking, and wedding dress construction. I have also done all aspects of home decor sewing - from quilting to curtains, pillows, slipcovers and fabric shades. I also specialize in repair of equestrian clothing and equipment, as well as repair of soft-sided equipment bags. Recently, I gave 8 hours of private sewing lessons to a young woman who is a professional artist. Here are excepts of her letter:
"Mary's passion for sewing rivals her skill as a science teacher, and her capacity as teacher exceeds both. She is both patient and enthusiastic, and open to a teaching challenge. I brought an intricately patterned and fray-prone fabric for my first lesson, and she walked me through every step of the project to its completion, instead of telling me to wait when my skills were more developed. Because of her extensive background, she turns mistakes into learning opportunities by switching directions and taking a new approach. I learned 3 ways to insert zippers and two ways to make a sleeve in just one lesson. Mary anticipates potential pitfalls, and gives students directions to avoid such obstacles. This builds student confidence and reduces anxiety and frustration. Mary possesses both the technical expertise and qualities of character that make for a truly exceptional sewing teacher."
I worked as an aide with the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 for 6 summers in their ESY program with a variety of special needs children. This included all ages of students, with disabilities ranging from non-verbal severely autistic, where I fed and diapered, to wheel-chair bound mentally retarded children, to highly-functional students prone to violent outbursts. To work in this program, I was certified each year, from 2006 - 2010 in CPR, First Aide, and CPI (passive restraint).
I couldn't have done it without her! — Mary was awesome! Very knowledgeable and extremely flexible with her time, not to mention PATIENT! I'm moving shortly so won't have the opportunity to work with her again but I couldn't have done it without her. ...
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