Mary R.

West Bloomfield, MI


Experienced, Certified, Elementary/Special Ed Reading/Math Instructor

In-person lessons
700+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/17/12
5.0 average from 242 ratings
More than we hoped for!
— Tim, Berkley, MI on 2/24/16


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Boston College
SUNY New Paltz, NY


Boston College (Sociology)

SUNY New Paltz, NY (MEd)

About Mary

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.

My approach to Math is to create a math-positive environment as I model math behavior. My primary goal is to provide students an opportunity to learn mathematics through gradual development of concepts and the practice of those concepts extended over a period of time. An additional goal is to help students measure up to the demand for greater mathematical competence and problem solving ability. Instruction incorporates problem solving, mathematical reasoning , communication – both oral and written, the use of manipulatives, connections (use of literature), and representation.

I have successfully worked with children on the Autism spectrum, and with students with ADD/ADHD, LD, ED, OCD, ODD, SI, Narcolepsy, APD, 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.

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 phonics, phonemic awareness, sight words, fluency, speed, accuracy,
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My rate drops with multiple sessions per week.

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Travels within 12 miles of West Bloomfield, MI 48322
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In-person lessons

"More than we hoped for!"

- Tim, Berkley, MI on 2/24/16
Mary replied on 2/26/2016

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.

"Dedicated teacher"

- Sarah, Farmington, MI on 9/16/16


- Victor and donna, Wallkill, NY on 8/17/14
Mary replied on 8/17/2014

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!

"Truly Caring Tutor!"

- Katie, Wallkill, NY on 6/19/14
Mary replied on 7/3/2014

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.

"Awesome tutor"

- Ronica, Walden, NY on 2/15/14
Mary replied on 2/18/2014

Working with such a polite and bright student is a pleasure. I look forward to our sessions, too!

"5 stars for Mar!"

- Deirdre, Westtown, NY on 8/22/13
Mary replied on 8/26/2013

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.

"Great tutor with excellent communication skills."

- John, Walden, NY on 4/2/13
Mary replied on 4/2/2013

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.

"Absolutely Wonderful!!"

- Marlo, Middletown, NY on 1/18/13
Mary replied on 1/19/2013

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.


- Dana, Highland Mills, NY on 1/8/13
Mary replied on 1/9/2013

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.

"Great Tutor and Very Patient"

- Mayra, Middletown, NY on 12/4/12
Mary replied on 12/4/2012

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.

Algebra 1, Elementary Math,
Biology, Physical Science
Vocabulary, Writing
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
American History, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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As a teacher of students with ADD/ADHD, I provided organizational skills support and strategies, I modified worksheets to have fewer questions and problems, provided extra time to complete assignments, kept instructions brief, allowed for oral (rather than written) responses, and used behavior plans with rewards for positive behaviors.
As a tutor of students with ADD/ADHD I use task analysis, positive directives, redirection, praise, and patience. I use my training and experience to adapt and modify lessons so as not to overwhelm or bore a student. I employ creative interventions and modifications to engage a student so that he/she can reach his/her potential.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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.

Elementary (K-6th)

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.

Elementary Math

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.

Microsoft Word

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

Social Studies

As a Special Education teacher certified K-12 and HOUSSED in the four curricular areas (including Social Studies), I taught the interdisciplinary subject of Social Studies curricula which covered various fields including history, geography, political science, law, civics, and economics. I facilitated student learning to understand the past and how that past influenced the present and the future. In addition to bridging a connection about the past to contemporary events, as a Social Studies teacher, I assisted students in understanding the nature of historical inquiry and the role of primary and secondary sources, encouraged the consideration of multiple perspectives on events, and engaged students in speculation about the known and unknown motives and actions of historic figures. The goal of Social Studies is to offer students the knowledge and skills necessary to become active and informed participants on a local, national and global level.

Special Needs

I hold a Master's Degree in Special Education K-12.
I have 16 successful years of classroom experience teaching children with a variety of special needs and different abilities. The term Special Needs (in the education setting) is used whenever a student's educational program requires official modification, adaptation, and or changes. Modifying and adapting lessons to specific learning styles is my specialty.

Study Skills

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.

Boston College
SUNY New Paltz, NY


Boston College (Sociology)

SUNY New Paltz, NY (MEd)

More than we hoped for!

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 in

— Tim, Berkley, MI on 2/24/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

My rate drops with multiple sessions per week.

Travel policy

Mary will travel within 12 miles of West Bloomfield, MI 48322.