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Mary H.

Van Nuys, CA

$65/hour

Master's in Education and Special Education Certification Teacher

Background check passed as of 12/1/14
4.6 average from 21 ratings
Great with my young son!
— Cindy, Northridge, CA on 6/1/15

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California Polytechnic University, Pomona
Liberal Arts
California Polytechnic University, Pomona
MEd

Education

California Polytechnic University, Pomona (Liberal Arts)

California Polytechnic University, Pomona (MEd)

About Mary

I am a certificated teacher who has a Master's in Education. I have taught for the Los Angeles Unified School District and tutored for over 25 years. I have been a Resource Specialist Teacher and have worked for the past 22 years with students with learning disabilities. I have taught all grade levels, but have taught K-6 specifically in the LAUSD school system. I have also taught a gifted program in many of my schools. I have worked with students with learning disabilities, dyslexia, severe emotional problems and gifted student. I have also homeschooled a student from 4th grade through 12th grade.

I am dedicated to fostering a desire to learn in each of my students. I believe each child has a special talent that makes him or her unique from everyone else. These special talents make us who we are and can help us learn and grow as individuals. I believe in creativity when teaching. Each student is unique in his or her learning styles and needs individualized lessons to help them access the curriculum. I also believe learning can be fun and incorporate play, games, and challenges in my teaching.

I begin by assessing each students' abilities. At the same time, I begin to increase the skill levels so that mastery comes smoothly and automatically. Learning can be challenging and difficult at times, but so can learning to ride a bike or how to swim. With encouragement, patience and practice all students can achieve their goals and learn to be independent learners.

I am also able to give your child assessment tests to determine their strengths and weaknesses in the areas of decoding, reading comprehension, reading fluency, writing skills, math, and spelling. I have several assessment tools to help determine if your child has a disability in auditory or visual processing.
I am a certificated teacher who has a Master's in Education. I have taught for the Los Angeles Unified School District and tutored for over 25 years. I have been a Resource Specialist Teacher and have worked for the past 22 years with students with learning disabilities. I have taught all grade levels, but have taught K-6 specifically in the LAUSD Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Van Nuys, CA 91406
Background Check: Passed

"Great with my young son!"

- Cindy, Northridge, CA on 6/1/15

"Sweet and Patient"

- Keren, Sherman Oaks, CA on 10/1/14

"Flexible and Very Kind"

- Jeanne, Los Angeles, CA on 6/3/14
Math:
Prealgebra
Science:
Biology
English:
Bible Studies,
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Special Needs:
Dyslexia,
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Homeschool,
Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Bible Studies

I have taught in the Children's Ministry at my church. During this time, I have helped children understand and learn about the Bible. I have taught them how to related the messages in the Bible to their own lives. I also engage them in activities including arts and crafts, singing, and memorizing verses. I have also tutored many children in Catholic schools. I have helped them with their religious homework. I have read and studied the Bible for many years and enjoy helping student with their Bible Studies.

Dyslexia

I have my Learning Disabilities Certificate and it is current. I have worked the Renee Herman Program for reading dyslexia. I have worked in the LAUSD school system as a resource specialist teacher and have worked with students with dyslexia. I have done research on dyslexia (although years ago) and written papers for school on dyslexia. For students with dyslexia, I always provide a card with the
correct directions of the letters and numbers they have difficulty with on their desks and on the board for reference. I quietly correct them when they make reversal mistakes and do not count it against them when they reverse during tests. I usually just ask them to spell the word out loud or ask them what letter it is the wanted to write. I use a very non-invasive approach.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have my teaching credential that qualifies me to teach students from K to 12 grade. I also have a Masters in Education. I have been teaching for 35 years and tutoring for more that 25 years. I am well versed in many kinds of curriculum. I have taught reading, writing, spelling, math, science, social studies, P.E., elementary art and music, and ESL. I have taught students with learning challenges for more than 25 years.

Homeschool

I have homeschooled a student from 4th grade through 12th grade graduation. I tutored him 4 days a week for 2-3 hours each day in all subject areas. He had some learning difficulties which his private school wasn't able to help him with so I was hired by his parent to teach him at home. Since I have a Learning Disabilities certificate and a Resource Specialist certificate, I was able to meet his needs with an individualize learning plan. I am a certificated teacher with a Master's in Education and am qualified to teach all academic areas including reading, math, writing, social studies, and science. I worked with his private school to make sure all academic areas were covered and taught. He was able to graduate and was accepted into a college in New York at the end of our time together.

Phonics

I have taught phonics for the past 35 years. In the last 2 years I taught at a Primary Center with students from grade K-3. There has been a great emphasis on teaching phonics in the past 15-20 years. Numerous programs have been adopted by schools requiring teachers to spend large quantities of time teaching phonics. I have been required to teach students phonemic segmentation, nonsense word decoding, blending, vowel and consonant digraphs, etc. All of this have given me ample practice teaching student phonics.

Reading

I have a Masters in Education, a Learning Disabilities Certificate, and a Resource Specialist Certificate.
I have also developed a website for a reading program I designed.

Study Skills

Study skills are the foundation for learning. Most students cannot successfully get high scores on quizzes, tests, and assignment unless they have good study skills. I have been able to help many students succeed in learning excellent study skills. To start, organization is very important. Timing is also important. Making sure you have given yourself enough time to study or finish a project so you are not scrambling at the last minute. Next, is the variety of ways of learning. I have lots for fun and unique ways to help you learn faster and more efficiently. Since I have worked with many student with special needs, I have developed several approaches to learning. And more important is the ability to "learn how to learn". What is your learning style? What are your strengths? Are you a visual, auditory or "hands on learner"? Do you know how to study based on these strength? I am able to help you with these questions and get you on your way to success! I can help you study in the areas of reading, math, getting ready for tests, etc.

California Polytechnic University, Pomona
Liberal Arts
California Polytechnic University, Pomona
MEd

Education

California Polytechnic University, Pomona (Liberal Arts)

California Polytechnic University, Pomona (MEd)

Great with my young son! — Mary was able to understand my sons' problems and come up with a lesson plan for helping him learn the alphabet and their sounds. She also is working on the best method to help him learn to read. She is very knowledgeable about reading problems in young children and has shown great patience when working with my son. ...

— Cindy, Northridge, CA on 6/1/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mary will travel within 10 miles of Van Nuys, CA 91406.