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Mary Carol R.

Fort Collins, CO

$30/hour

Loves teaching! More than a decade of experience.

50+ Hours
4.7 average from 12 ratings
Patient and insightful with special needs teen
— Carol, Fort Collins, CO on 1/5/17

$30/Hour


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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, and have worked with students from kindergarten through the first year of college. Can help with language-based courses (such as English, geography, psychology) up through the college level, but my expertise in math tops out at 6th grade.

I am both patient and creative.
I love teaching, and have worked with students from kindergarten through the first year of college. Can help with language-based courses (such as English, geography, psychology) up through the college level, but my expertise in math tops out at 6th grade.

I am both patient and creative.
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24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Fort Collins, CO 80526
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"Patient and insightful with special needs teen"

- Carol, Fort Collins, CO on 1/5/17
Mary Carol replied on 1/6/2017

Carol's son is a very bright and creative young man and a pleasure to work with.

Science:
Anthropology
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading,
Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Common Core, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL
Computer:
Desktop Publishing, General Computer, Microsoft Excel
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
History:
American History, Anthropology, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Political Science, Religion, Social Studies,
World History
Special Needs:
ADHD,
Dyslexia,
Phonics, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Homeschool, Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Excel

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

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.

Dyslexia

I have used the Orton-Gillingham method in tutoring students as well as using the materials from Reading A-Z. The Orton-Gillingham method is probably the best-known way to systematically help students with dyslexia. Reading A to Z is a series of short booklets which teach students to link letters with sounds (I.e. phonics).

In addition I just completed a class at CSU giving additional strategies in helping students with dyslexia.

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. In addition, I have tutored adult students in conversational English.

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.

SAT Reading

I did quite well on the SAT Reading test myself and since then have helped many secondary students with reading comprehension.

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)

Patient and insightful with special needs teen

My 15 year old son has a writing learning disability and attention problems. Mary Carol did an excellent job of helping him figure out what he wanted to communicate and how he could best express his ideas. She showed great insight into his thinking processes and was able to draw him out. She was also very patient with his problems in sustained attention and his need to occasionally take breaks,

— Carol, Fort Collins, CO on 1/5/17

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.