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Mary Carol R.

Fort Collins, CO

$30/hour

Loves teaching! Credentialed teacher can help your student learn

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Antioch College
Education
New College of Califonia, SF
Master's
UNC Greeley
Graduate Coursework

Education

Antioch College (Education)

New College of Califonia, SF (Master's)

UNC Greeley (Graduate Coursework)

About Mary Carol

I love teaching. I have a credential for grades K-6, but have also worked with teenagers who needed one-on-one tutoring. I have an ESL Endorsement and four years of experience teaching second-language learners. A deep love of literature and of writing means that I can usually help my students get through their resistance to these subjects. Sometimes my students even learn to love literature! High-school level math is not my strength, but I can help untangle other subjects which might seem mysterious, such as history or government. All children can learn and can succeed ... it's just about figuring out the right approach. I love teaching. I have a credential for grades K-6, but have also worked with teenagers who needed one-on-one tutoring. I have an ESL Endorsement and four years of experience teaching second-language learners. A deep love of Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Fort Collins, CO 80526
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading,
Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History, Social Studies
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Reading,
Spelling, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

For students with ADHD or ADD, it is very important that the teacher is well-organized, since ADHD sometimes makes it difficult for students to organize their own thoughts and materials. Breaking subject material down into discrete, easy-to-manage "chunks" also helps students with ADHD. Finally, allowing extra time to complete projects or writing assignments is very helpful.

I have worked with many students who have ADHD and generally find that they are also highly creative and interesting people.

Algebra 2

I have tutored high school students in algebra before

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a K-6 teaching credential from the State of Colorado, extra training in teaching reading and in working with ELL (English language learning students), and several years experience teaching in public schools. Thus, if your child needs help with homework or strengthening a specific area (such as reading), I can help.

I have passed WyzAnt's subject-area tests in elementary math, reading, writing and history. However, what cannot be tested on the computer is the ability to help a child feel confident in their own abilities. I have been told I am very calm and patient with children.

Elementary Math

If students attempt to simply memorize the "rules" of math, they quickly get overwhelmed. Although math does require repeated practice, first students should understand the math concept they are learning. This can be explained in words, or by playing math-related games, or by looking for applications in the real world. I struggled with math in elementary school, but I was lucky -- my dad was a math teacher and tutored me. From that experience, I learned how to "get through" to other kids who might find math difficult.

English

I am a published poet, and currently taking a course from the Iowa Writer's Workshop in writing fiction. I have a graduate degree in literature (poetics, to be specific) and additional training in teaching both reading and writing.

ESL/ESOL

I studied ESL instruction at UNC Greeley for two years, and have worked as an ESL (also called ELD) teacher in public schools for more than five years.

Literature

I have a Masters degree in Poetics (which is very similar to a Masters of Literature degree). In addition, I have taught students from first through eighth grade in a wide variety of subjects. The one I enjoy the most is teaching literature. I have helped students move from not understanding a complex novel AT ALL to understanding and enjoying it.

Proofreading

For many years I worked at the University of California, Berkeley where I edited two newsletters (among other tasks). I took a class in proofreading through UC Extension and am aware that proofreading for CONTENT and for grammar and/or small typos are two very different things. Really one should proofread a document more than one time.

Reading

Reading well is the key to success in many other courses, such as history, geography, and even math. When students are having difficulty with reading, it might be because they cannot decode enough words or read quickly enough to keep track of the meaning of the words. If we want to improve comprehension, we use one set of strategies; for ease of reading (fluency) we do something different. I have many different ways to motivate your student and help improve reading skills.

Social Studies

Social studies is generally considered to be a mix of history and geography. For students who do not "get" social studies, I try to find a way into the subject by emphasizing an aspect they enjoy, such as historical biographies, historical fiction, or land forms and national park.

I am a credentialed teacher with more than 5 years of experience working with both elementary and middle school students.

I also like to give students assignments that help them experience social studies in a personal way. For example, I might ask the student to pick one older family member or relative to interview and type up their notes, creating a personalized oral history for that family member.

Writing

I am a published writer myself and have helped many students improve their writing ... and some have even learned to love writing! I have a Masters in Poetics, as well as an ESL Endorsement ... when working with ESL students, I had to help them all learn to write.

Antioch College
Education
New College of Califonia, SF
Master's
UNC Greeley
Graduate Coursework

Education

Antioch College (Education)

New College of Califonia, SF (Master's)

UNC Greeley (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mary Carol will travel within 15 miles of Fort Collins, CO 80526.