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Mary Gail F.

Expert in English - all aspects of language use

Vashon, WA (98070)

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In my many years of teaching, tutoring, coaching and leading youth in out-of-school experiential learning, I have become skilled in connecting with students of all ages and abilities to help them to success. I prepare High School Students for the SAT Writing and Grammar Sections and also specialize in tutoring college students through the Master's level in English and Writing. I speak Spanish as a second language and can assist English language learners to produce college level writing. My upbeat positive attitude make the tutoring experience fun and enjoyable. Teaching students with learning disabilities is an area I am trained in, so I can address specific issues in every learning style.

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Mary Gail’s subjects

ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
American History, European History, Geography, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

ACT English

Learning English is one of the most important skills a student can learn. It is useful in all careers. I am prepared assist advanced students in this important endeavor.


My Master's of Science in Education degree included courses on teaching students with ADHD and ADHD. I also have many years of experience both in public schools and in experiential learning programs, working with ADD students and participants. I have successfully tutored ADHD high school students who have subsequently scored well on their SATS and been accepted to WA Colleges.


I have worked as a tutor for children with autism, in schools and camps for autistic students and teaching high functioning autistic students in public school classrooms. I connect well with these students and have had success in helping them to interact socially as well as with their studies.


Within my Master's of Science degree program with Old Dominion University, I did in-depth study of methodology for teaching students with all learning disorders, including dyslexia. I have also spent six years working as a substitute teacher, at least half of those days working in the resource rooms with special needs students, including those with dyslexia.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked in the public school system as an elementary teacher for the last 7 years. I am familiar with elementary curricula and study requirements. I have worked with elementary age children in out-of-school experiential learning activities, which has developed my skills for interacting with students and helping them to have fun while learning.


The English language - the five aspects - reading, writing, speaking, listening, and media, are so important to success. I love the language and with a certification in Secondary English (pending) am very qualified to teach it. I bring an informed yet relaxed attitude to the challenging task of acquiring or improving these skills.


I have tutored many ESL students, especially in building written language skills. During my two years as a student at Tacoma Community College, I worked an ESL language tutor in the writing lab for my work -study job. My most recent English Language Learner gave me a Five Star Rating on the WyzAnt site. He was polishing his writing and speaking skills to pass an entrance exam.


Grammar is one of my favorite subjects, and one I have taught and studied for many years. I recently took a college-level undergraduate grammar class as part of my Secondary English Certification requirements. Therefore, I am refreshed on all aspects of English Grammar and ready to help high school students readying for SATs as well as college students who need to improve their writing.


I have been trained to teach phonics techniques for learning to read by learning to connect sounds and symbols. It is different from traditional reading in that the student practices blends of sounds, prior to actually learning words.

Public Speaking

I have taken 2 Public Speaking courses at the college level and received top marks in both classes. I speak have given public talks on numerous occasions and am very comfortable doing so. I can pass these skills on to my students.


Reading is a personal passion of mine, and I welcome the opportunity to pass it on to my students. I am trained in many techniques to teach and improve reading skills.

SAT Reading

I have been able to help students to dramatically improve their SAT reading, writing and grammar section scores. I use a simple process that makes it easy to succeed and score well on the SAT exam.

SAT Writing

The Writing Section of the SAT requires students to write a two page response to a provocative question, by hand. It must be organized and thoughtful. I can help students learn how to structure an essay, and improve their creative thinking and expressive writing skills. Doing practice drills to learn grammar rules and to be able to improve sentence structure is another part of doing well on the SAT Writing Section. My teaching experience helps students to succeed with this portion of the test.

Social Studies

Social studies is a subject that I am very familiar with. I have an Associates in Applied Science as my first degree and did a lot of studying in the social sciences. It is topic of interest to me and I do extensive reading both of social and cultural history, as well of keeping up with current events.

Special Needs

Special Needs and all variations of learning styles and abilities were covered in the courses I took in acquiring my MSEd. Additionally, in my over 6 years of substitute teaching in public schools I have taught in many Resource Rooms, gaining valuable experience and learning best practices for successfully teaching Special Needs students.

Study Skills

The most important skill I teach for studying is how to locate the main idea of any paragraph, take good notes, and to review them before taking a test. The other two things I teach my students is how to remain calm and confident during tests. Anxiety and nervousness are the main causes of test failure. Finally, I coach my students to eat well, including plenty of proteins and to get adequate rest and exercise. This combination of will have positive results.


Good writing skills are key to student success. Learning to write well and easily helps with every aspect of education. I am passionate about teaching writing and have an excellent track record with students and parent satisfaction.

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Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA (MEd)

The Best! Mary is super super super HELPFUL in writing. You rarely find good writing tutors, but she is so on top of her stuff and knows exactly what you need help with!! I will definitely stick with her and always ask for her help!! Thank you Mary!! I WOULD recommend her to ANYONE AND EVERYONE. ...

— Tiffany from Bellevue, WA on 4/20/12);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

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Mary Gail will travel within 40 miles of Vashon, WA 98070.

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