Academically Advanced, Born to Teach Reading & Writing
Academically Advanced, Born to Teach Reading & Writing
Dear parents and students,
After twenty-five blissful years of serving in the world of public education, I have retired (effective July 1, 2013) from my educational career at North Hunterdon High School in Annandale, New Jersey where I had the fabulous opportunity to inspire and transform the lives of thousands of students. This year, I began dreaming of reinventing myself and expanding my service as a private tutor, mentor, or evaluator of students and/or new student teachers. Because I...
Dear parents and students,
After twenty-five blissful years of serving in the world of public education, I have retired (effective July 1, 2013) from my educational career at North Hunterdon High School in Annandale, New Jersey where I had the fabulous opportunity to inspire and transform the lives of thousands of students. This year, I began dreaming of reinventing myself and expanding my service as a private tutor, mentor, or evaluator of students and/or new student teachers. Because I still have such a strong desire to be involved with academics and to serve as a catalyst for augmenting academic and personal growth in both students and upcoming teachers, I am interested in jobs both as a private tutor and as a supervisor of student teachers.
As a student, I excelled and consistently ranked as top performer. I graduated from Montclair State University with a 4.0 GPA and a Bachelor of Arts degree. I was an English major, and I minored in education. When doing my student teaching, I earned the distinction of Saul Cooperman's Student Teacher of the year. That same summer, I was offered several opportunities to teach in a variety of high schools and chose to work at North Hunterdon Regional High School. Within three years, I decided to further my education at East Stroudsburg University, and I procured a Master's Degree in Special Education and once again, graduated with a 4.0. While employed at North Hunterdon, I continued to expand my learning and took the necessary classes to become a certified supervisor. My most recent certification is in the area of special education as an LDTC (learning disabilities teacher consultant) at Montclair State University. This is a Post Graduate Certification which authorizes me to use evaluative tests such as the Woodcock Johnson to assess students and to analyze the results of the data to determine learning strengths and weaknesses.
While at North Hunterdon, I was fortunate enough to fill a number of roles from English department supervisor to special education teacher to an English instructor. As the English department supervisor, I was able to lead my staff to improving HSPA scores. When I first took the post in 2011, 39% of our students were scoring in the Highly Proficient category. By the time I retired in 2013, 53.6% of our students scored in the Highly Proficient range. One specific class recently infused into the curriculum at North Hunterdon is an English IV College Preparatory class which specializes in teaching students how to write college essays, and I am proud to have been part of that process which better prepares me to tutor students with creating all of their essays and in particular their college essay. Another unique class mandated at North Hunterdon High School is a class which was designed to equip students with the necessary skills to be successful in the 21st century. The title of the course is Advanced Academic Literacies, and it is a project based class which provides students with an array of opportunities to expand from developing their collaboration skills to honing their critical thinking skills to tracing their metacognitive processes to improving their public speaking skills, etc., etc. I was a strong contributor in the creation of this course and had the chance to include my knowledge of brain-based learning, multiple intelligence knowledge, project based learning, curriculum development, differentiation practices, emotional IQ adeptness, a deep understanding of task analysis, etc. This Advanced Academic Literacies course opened the door to co-authoring an article which is showcased in an educational based text entitled, Collaborative Units That Work. Yet, another honor bestowed upon me during my employment at North Hunterdon is that I was the recipient of the 2001 North Hunterdon/Voorhees District’s Teacher of the Year Award.
Over the years, I have also had the pleasure of working as a home instructor in my district serving all grades and abilities. For example, I worked with students with Asperger’s syndrome, Down syndrome, emotional disturbances, school phobia, and overall reluctant learners. I have also tutored enthusiastic honors students with a love of learning and a strong desire to achieve. Last year, I began doing some private tutoring, and I am able to supply letters of recommendation.
Because of my vast experience, I am able to relate to all students of all grades and ability levels. I've always been able to find effective methods of teaching to motivate and to tap into the most impactful learning style for each individual student. More importantly, I've yet to find a student that I haven't been able to love. I enter each relationship by thinking about how I wanted my own children to be instructed and validated and revered by their teachers. I take time to understand how each student's brain operates and to work within the confines of the unique schema. It is my hope that you are able to hear the sincerity of my words and to appreciate the enormity of my experience as an educator.
I thank you in advance for the time that you have taken to read my letter of interest in tutoring. Please know that I'd like to be of service to you. If you believe I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. I’m looking forward to hearing from you in the near future and wish you well as you make your final choice.
Mary has been a wonderful asset to my daughter's life. Mary was able to teach my daughter so much about herself personally and academically. I am truly grateful for the experience we have both had with her. My daughter and Mary had an instant connection and my daughter always looked forward to seeing her. It was nice to know that I had someone who I could trust. I would highly recommend Mary for someone who is seeking a tutor. This was our first time using a tutor and it was wonderful. I appreciate everything she has done!Kerri, 5 lessons with Mary
Working on skills and enthusiasm.
Mary is awesome! I really like Mary's approach to teaching. She always have positive way of communicating her feedback on my progress. She is knowledgeable and very patient. I highly recommend her as a tutor.Joy, 3 lessons with Mary
This was my son's first lesson with Mary and we couldn't be more pleased. Mary created a very comfortable environment for my son which translated in an open communication in the learning process.Jerry, 14 lessons with MaryTutor responded:
Dear Jerry, I am elated that you were pleased with my initial session with Trey. He is a fine young man with untold potential. I look forward to continuing to work with him.
Mary is a detailed oriented person and I am not she has touaght me to think about how I could expand on my topics by doing further research and digging into the information for more detailsEsther , 155 lessons with MaryTutor responded:
Thank you Esther. I truly appreciate that you believe I have helped you regarding adding more details to your text and thinking more critically about your responses. I enjoy working with you and hope that I will continue to meet your needs and advance your skills.
My son has had 4 sessions with Mary and we are very happy with how much he has improved in such a short time. He found every lesson very useful, productive and constructive, all of which served to increase his confidence in writing. Mary is very helpful, patient and knowledgeable, and has him working the whole time. My husband and I would highly recommend Mary!Gloria , 92 lessons with Mary
Great first session
My girls had their first session with Mary to prepare for the ISEE and it was a wonderful experience. Both girls loved Mary and come out of their sessions energized, confident and "already feeling a lot smarter" as they told me. We are looking forward to the additional sessions we are having with Mary over the next couple of months.Cindy, 9 lessons with MaryTutor responded:
Thank you so much for letting me know that your "girls" enjoyed the lesson. I, too, enjoyed working with them. They are bright young ladies who are eager to maximize their potential.
Two thumbs up!
Mary is helping me with my vocabulary. She is very passionate about tutoring/helping. She is genuine and compassionate. Mary is very kind, thoughtful, easy to work with.Darlene, 1 lesson with MaryTutor responded:
Thank you Darlene for your kind words. They mean a lot to me. I look forward to assisting you with the success that you deserve.
Great tutor - very patient and understanding!
My daughter needed help in ELA and Mary's been great. She's a super listener and has worked with her to improve upon her weaknesses. We've seen results right away!Caroline, 3 lessons with Mary
Tutoring with the goal of developing skill level
Mary is keeping my son engaged in his school work by developing strategies for better reading comprehension and writing skills.Eleanor, 7 lessons with MaryTutor responded:
Hi Eleanor, Thank you for your recent review. I appreciate your support
We have found Mary to be an exceptional tutor and exceptional writing coach. She was able to determine early on our child's strengths and weaknesses. Mary is very practical in her approach as well as being very professional.June, 9 lessons with Mary
Response time: 9 hours