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Mary P.

Teacher of thirty years makes learning fun!

Georgetown, TX (78628)

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This tutor enjoys teaching reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, geography and history with a variety of methods to keep the student interested and eager to succeed. Students learn vocabulary through concrete experiences. This teacher can help to build student self-esteem by meeting short term goals they learn to set for themselves. This teacher's love of books and reading is contageous.
Such professional teaching comes from years of experience with kindergarten to high school level young people in a variety of settings. Travels from coast to coast in the USA and to Israel, Mexico, Canada, and Costa Rica have given this teacher appreciation for cultural differences in students.
This tutor's education includes: a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and English, with a lifetime Texas teacher certification in K-12 and media specialist; a Master of Science in Education Supervision and English; and a Master of Divinity.

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Mary’s subjects

Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Music History
American History, European History, Music History, Religion, World History
Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing

Bible Studies

I completed a Master of Divinity that included studies of the Bible such as the book of Mark, new Testament history, New Testament Greek, old Testament theology and the Pentateuch.

Elementary (K-6th)

My BS degree is in Elementary Education with an all level (K-12) lifetime teaching certificate from TEA. I have taught K-6 students reading, spelling, handwriting, creative writing, geography, science, and arithmetic for 13 years of my 30 years' teaching experience.


As a high school librarian, I was tutoring students regularly when they came to the library to study or do research. I have three degrees with an English minor in two of them. I helped research history and literature and biology for research papers. I enjoy working with 10th graders. I have two granddaughters who are 15 and excellent students.


I taught all grade levels at one time or another and have enjoyed some study of Spanish. We can practice conversation in English and study grammar and the differences in Spanish and English grammar, vocabulary, etc. Actually many words in Spanish are very much like some words in English. If you need help in a different language, I can still teach you the basics of English reading, speaking, writing, etc.

European History

I was a high school librarian for 17 years and helped students study and research all subjects. My minor on my BS and my MS degrees was English, so I can be sure you use proper grammar, etc. I enjoyed my college classes on history, so this could be fun for us both.


English was my minor for my bachelor of science and master of science degrees. Four courses I completed with an A and a B were "English 101 and 102: rhetoric and composition." My grammar was especially scrutinized when I wrote my thesis on diagnosing spelling difficulties, and when I wrote all my papers for all 90 hours of study at Asbury Theological Seminary.


I am certified by TEA to teach K-12. I have taught all grade levels in the 30 years of my career. In the elementary classes 3-6 I successfully taught cursive writing. I taught printing to K-3 students.


I taught 3rd grade phonics for four years. Then I taught spelling and handwriting to 5th graders using phonics to troubleshoot spelling difficulties. I researched the phonetic development of word sounds from their cognates and wrote and normed a diagnostic test to use with my students (before we began using CTBS tests) who were having difficulties. I believe phonics is the best way to teach reading and spelling.

Public Speaking

Before I taught for 30 years, I took the Principles of Speech in college, earning 3 hours credit with a B average. At seminary I took a graduate level course called "Servant as Proclaimer," which was a course in preparing speeches and stories and practicing preaching using those stories. We were videotaped and critiqued, not only for content but for our methods of delivery. I have completed "Student Teaching" in college with grade A for speaking and teaching to all different ages and grade levels.


I not only taught spelling and handwriting to 5th graders at one time, I was a school librarian for 17 years.


My Master of Divinity degree included studies in theology, Greek, church history, evangelism, preaching, and Biblical analysis. I have been preaching and teaching and writing Bible studies since 1998. I have been under appointment in the United Methodist Church since 1999.


I taught spelling and handwriting to fifth graders and wrote my master's thesis on helping students with spelling difficulties.

Study Skills

Throughout my teaching career I have had the responsibility of teaching my students how to take notes, study, and research subjects. As a media specialist, I often had students studying in the library who needed coaching on how and what to study and how to research for a term paper. I have applied study skills to obtain three college degrees. I used my skills most when learning Greek at seminary.


I am a lifetime Thespian. Beginning in Junior High, I have performed in many dramatic and musical productions. Continuing into college, I sang in the opera La Traviata and performed in multiple college choir productions. While teaching at Carrizo Springs High School, I volunteered as drama costume and set producer and assisted the director in multiple productions including The Glass Menagerie, which competed at state, and the musicals Godspell and Fox Tales. I soloed as the director of The Diary of Adam and Eve for our high school UIL competition when the director suddenly quit. Throughout my childhood I attended most of the college productions in Kingsville, TX and have a tradition of attending the Nutcracker with my family every year.


I studied grammar and writing in college with an A and a B in "English 101 and 102: Rhetoric and Composition." I made an A in "Education 505: Thesis Preparation" and also "Education 506: Thesis" which was the actual writing of my thesis about diagnosing difficulties children have with spelling. My graduate level classes in seminary all required writing papers for each class.

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University of Texas Austin (Elementary Education)

Texas A & M Kingsville (Master's)

Asbury Theological Seminary (Master's)

Wonderful Tutor Mrs. P is a wonderful teacher and she is very patient and understanding. My daughter respects her and loves her, and we enjoy my child's learning experience with her. ...

— Anita from Leander, TX on 7/1/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

$30 per hour for twice a week or more

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Mary will travel within 30 miles of Georgetown, TX 78628.

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