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Boston College (Sociology)
SUNY New Paltz, NY (MEd)
I am an Enthusiastic, Patient, Skilled, Knowledgeable, Retired, Certified Special Ed Teacher with over 20 years of classroom and tutoring experience. My Elementary level Comprehensive Reading Instruction has included: development of literacy skills and strategies in phonics, phonemic awareness, sight words, fluency, speed, accuracy, spelling, reading, comprehension, vocabulary development, and writing.
I have successfully worked with children on the Autism spectrum, and with students with ADD/ADHD, LD, ED, OCD, ODD, and Selective Mutism. I am proficient in creative lesson adaptation, modification, and curriculum design. I use a variety of teaching strategies in different combinations so that my students can become actively involved in the learning process.
As your child’s tutor, I will support, supplement, and extend your child's classroom teaching.
September is around the corner, fall slots are available but will fill fast.
Email me ASAP to schedule a Meet & Greet and to discuss your child's road to success! I am an Enthusiastic, Patient, Skilled, Knowledgeable, Retired, Certified Special Ed Teacher with over 20 years of classroom and tutoring experience. My Elementary level Comprehensive Reading Instruction has included: development of literacy skills and strategies in … Read more
My rate drops with multiple sessions per week.
For eight months now, "Ms. Mar" has been tutoring our 7-year old daughter who absolutely loves her and the time they spend together. We've been very happy with the whole experience and the results achieved! What we were looking for in a tutor and feel blessed to have found in Mar, is a professional with a specialized skill set and extensive experience who is focused and prepared, engaging and inspiring but, most importantly, effective. Our daughter has made significant progress during the course of this school year and we attribute much of it to Mar's efforts with her. We are looking forward to and confident in her continued progress. Finally, it's worth noting that Mar has been very generous in taking additional time to keep us fully apprised and involved, to include a detailed report emailed to us following each session. Again, more than we hoped for!
Your family's insight, dedication, and commitment to J.'s academic achievement are the groundwork every educator needs to help their students proceed down the path of success. J.'s intrinsic drive and natural curiosity provide an optimal setting within which achievement is made simple! I look forward to creating and applying specific lessons designed to allow J. to achieve and advance, and I appreciate J.'s wonderful sense of humor and tenacious persistence during our tutoring sessions. Thank you for your very kind review, I truly appreciate your thoughts.
My son was not too enthusiastic about starting tutoring again after so many weeks off. Within minutes of Mary's arrival, my son was fully engaged and enjoying his lesson!
I look forward to my sessions with your son. He is animated, enthusiastic, and truly involved in all aspects of the lesson plan! He makes Shakespeare fun. What a joy it is to teach ELA! And vital to the process- Mom and Dad's commitment to education make it easy!
Mar has been working with my nine-year-old daughter for several months. She gives 100% to every lesson that she provides. She always has my daughter's best interest in mind and finds the perfect balance of challenge and fun. In addition, she has provided me with support by going to school meetings to determine the best ways to aid in my daughter's education. She also gives me great ideas of how I can help. My daughter does not speak directly to Mar, but she has been able to work around this obstacle and there is no doubt in my mind that she truly cares for my daughter and wants her to succeed. I appreciate all that she has done for us!
K. is a unique student and, as such, has challenged me to become a more creative and innovative tutor for students with special needs. She continues to fuel the desire in me to ensure that ALL students receive accommodations, adaptations, and services in order for them to reach their fullest potential. Thank you for bringing me into your home, confiding in me, and trusting me to reach your daughter and find her potential.
My child loves working with Mary and looks forward to it every time. He thanked me for getting him a tutor. He said, "Mary makes everything seem so much easier to understand."
Working with such a polite and bright student is a pleasure. I look forward to our sessions, too!
An exceptional tutor! Everything we were looking for and more! Mar is friendly, knowledgeable, patient, structured, supportive, engaging, and kind. She gives great feedback for each individualized lesson and is really able to not only pinpoint, but address, both the student's strengths and weaknesses. We just love her and you will, too!
Your student makes my job easy and one to which I truly look forward to going! His eagerness to learn and enthusiasm and willingness to engage in every task presented makes him an ideal student.
As usual, it was a pleasure and relief of stress to have Mary come and tutor my son. It has only been about a month of having Mary as his tutor and I already see a positive change in his grades. THANK YOU!
Kenny's genuine dedication to his studies and his warm and loving home provide tremendous academic support which make this tutoring assignment productive and enjoyable. Kenny has a bright and exciting future.
I have a 5 year old who was really having a hard time transitioning in Kindergarten. He expressed that he was not "smart". I thought finding a tutor might help, but I did not expect to find such a wonderful person with a passion for teaching. I believe my son is progressing and has developed confidence in his academic abilities. I am so happy we found Ms. Mary!!
Jake is a quick learner, is well-mannered, and a happy and energetic child.
I enjoy our tutoring sessions tremendously. He has a very bright, successful future in front of him.
I have 11 YO twins, a boy & a girl. My son was the one who really needed the help. He is smart but he needs improvement on organization, writing & speaking skills. I knew what I needed in a tutor, so once I have read Mary's bio, I knew she would be perfect candidate for the job. We met at a public area and discussed my concerns about my kids. Mary's listened to me & then gave me her feedback, which was exactly how I have envisioned what my kids need to improve in school work. No offense to the younger generation but I wanted somebody who has more experience in the ESL field.
Mary is very professional & sticks to the rules. She is on time, always prepared & expects the kids to perform. She doesn't want to waste anybody's time. She has a bubbly attitude which my daughter loves especially when it comes to storytelling.
She is a new edition to my family. lol My son likes when she comes. He actually reminds me when she comes. My husband is a high school teacher & he likes the way she conducts the kids sessions.
It is a joy to enter a home that embraces education such as this family. A teacher's dream scenario! The children are well prepared for and eagerly await their tutoring sessions. They are attentive, animated, and well-mannered, AND they enjoy learning. They make my job easy and one to which I truly look forward each week.
Mary R is a great tutor. She is a teacher the that the Board of Education trained very well. She finds joy in education. She engages my son to reach his potential and challenges him to bring out the very best that he has. She has lots of patience and cares deeply for education. She has an enormous wealth of experience in all levels of education. She uses this knowledge every time she tutors my Son. Mary is teaching my Son to do critical and analytical thinking in his approach school work. My Sons grades have improved thanks to Mary. We are fortunate to have found her. The lord works miracles and we definitely found one.
I am touched and grateful for your generous feedback. I do care deeply for quality education and feel blessed that I found my purpose. Your son is a pleasure to have as a student, and it is quite gratifying to know that I can make a difference. Thanks.
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Students with ADD/ADHD often need task analysis, positive directives, redirection, praise, and a positive and patient educator. A good special education teacher is trained to adapt and modify lessons so as not to overwhelm or bore a student with ADD/ADHD. One must employ creative interventions and modifications to engage a student so that he/she can reach his/her potential.
Asperger's is a developmental disorder grouped with other conditions within the Autism Spectrum (ASD) or Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). A student with Asperger's is considered to be on the "higher" end of the functioning spectrum, but still exhibits difficulty in demonstrating socially appropriate communication skills. A student with Asperger's has difficulty understanding innuendo, sarcasm, body language, and intonation, and therefore, is challenged by social interactions and expected associated behaviors. As a special education teacher, I know to limit vocabulary for a literal interpretation and allow extra time for processing.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. A student with autism typically avoids eye contact, engages in repetitive movements (such as spinning or rocking), has difficulty with or disinterest in making friends, can be preoccupied with objects or subjects, does not engage in imaginative play, obsessively adheres to rituals and routines, which not only sets the child apart from his/her non-autistic peers, but severely limit the student's ability to communicate needs and wants, which in turn can lead to anxiety and/or depression.
Students with dyslexia have many strengths: oral skills, comprehension, good visual spatial awareness/artistic abilities. It is vital that teachers work not only with the dyslexic student's specific areas of difficulty, but also his/her specific areas of strengths. Teachers dealing with dyslexic children need to be flexible in their approach, so that they can, as far as possible, find a method that suits the pupil, rather than expecting that all pupils will learn in the same way. In my twelve years of special education classroom experience, I used a multi-sensory approach whereby I would encorporate visual, auditory and kinesthetic-tactile elements to ensure success and build confidence. I have used the PCI, Edmark, and Brigance Reading Programs.
A Master's Degree in Special Education K12 plus HOUSSE qualification in English, History, Math, and Science (K-12).
16 years classroom experience and after school tutoring, home visits, and after school activities.
I implemented a multi-sensory learning environment, used the Mayer-Johnson Boardmaker™ (for PECS), Touch Math™ system, Edmark™, Explode the Code, Saxon, Fundations, and a variety of other reading, math, and computer programs.
I adapted and modified lessons and classroom setting to suit the unique needs of the individual student based on Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences.
It is my goal to help your child build a strong, broad math foundation using a variety of activities, which cover more than just arithmetic, math facts, and operations, and will include the five math strands of the elementary math curriculum.
•Number Sense and Operations - Knowing how to represent numbers, recognizing 'how many' and using numbers to compare; place value, quantity, meaning
•Algebra - The ability to sort and order objects or numbers and recognizing and building on simple patterns
•Geometry and Spatial Sense - Learn to reason spatially, read maps, visualize objects in space, and use geometric modeling to solve problems.
•Measurement - Learning how to measure and compare involves concepts of length, weight, temperature, capacity, money and time-telling.
•Data Analysis and Probability - Using charts, tables, graphs will help them learn to share and organize data.
I have taught 8th, 9th, and 11th grade ELA to students with special needs including learning disabilities, mental health issues, and other interfering behaviors. I have modified and adapted Shakespeare and other grade level literature in order for my students to comprehend content. I have instructed students on the essential skills for writing successful research papers and book reports all while developing appropriate grade level vocabulary.
As a tutor, I have enhanced both AP English students' skills as well as develop ELA skills in students that are well behind their peers and turned both into avid readers and lovers of literature.
Language Arts is divided into specific content categories- language, communication, writing, research, logic, informational text, media, and literature. A lot is covered, but it is necessary for the student's future success in all subject areas.
Grammar is the building component to reading and writing. Sentence construction and structure can be taught in a variety of methods from books, to worksheets, to games, to the environment. Students must not only learn the rules of grammar and parts of speech, but how to apply them in both the written and spoken word. In teaching elementary grammar, it is my goal to provide a solid foundation for effective communication and further learning.
I taught Computer Lab Skills and Fundamentals and was the advisor for the elective, Computer Lab. As a High School English teacher, my students were required to turn in numerous written reports and projects with specific demands that called for proficiency with Word. It is essential that the High School students know how to navigate not only the keyboard efficiently and quickly, but that they can use many of the options Word provides to create interesting, grammatically correct, and acceptable assignments, and then know how to save, organize, retrieve and make changes to the documents.
Phonemic Awareness is an understanding about the spoken language. Phonics is the ability to hear (and make) the sounds in spoken words and correlate that sound to the written symbol that represents it. Phonemic awareness is essential in order to learn to read and write. As a veteran special education teacher, I have a wealth of knowledge as to how to facilitate a child's acquisition and use of phonics in a fun, non-threatening way.
Seventh-grade math marks the time when students begin studying advanced concepts in addition to building upon basic functions they already know. They will be introduced to beginning algebraic equations and inequalities, rational numbers, visual representations of measurements and other concepts as the school year progresses.
7th grade Math skills include:
Number Theory, Measurement, Decimals Numbers, Charts and Graphs, Operations with Integers, Fractions and Mixed Numbers, Exponents and Square Roots, Linear Function, Coordinate Graphs, Ratios and Proportions, Percents, Consumer Math, Problem Solving and Estimation, Properties, Probability, and Statistics.
I am currently tutoring both 7th and 8th grade Math. In order to develop a better understanding, I attempt to make a connection between the topic of study and the student and his/her real world. As a Math tutor, I provide practice and review sessions as well as use supplementary instructional strategies to engage the student which lead to mastery and success.
Extensive reading is critical to the development of reading proficiency. It is the high accuracy, fluent, and easily comprehended reading that provides the opportunities to integrate complex skills and strategies into an automatic, independent reading process. Motivation for reading is dramatically influenced by student reading success which can be achieved with a steady diet of "easy" texts – texts one can read accurately, fluently, and with strong comprehension.
The following are a few common reading strategies that are taught in elementary schools:
Pre-reading, Cause and Effect, Inferences and Drawing Conclusions, Prediction and Context Clues
I hold a Master's Degree in Special Education K-12. I have 16 years of classroom experience. I am familiar with augmentative communication devices, PECS, ABA, sensory integration, and other teaching strategies. I write for a publication directed towards parents of children with special needs. My Master's research was focused on teaching preschoolers with Autism how to play with their (non) Autistic peers. I believe in Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences, and therefore, modifying and adapting lessons to specific learning styles is my specialty.
I taught Study Skills for 8th, 9th, and 11th graders. I possess a wealth of resources for creative organization--using color codes, a planner, a check-list, note taking, reflection, time management, etc. I show the student how to avoid the traps of trick questions. I show the student how to elicit relevant information from text. I promote discussion of topic and encourage point-of-view and relevance to his/her world today.