Mary W.

Rock Hill, NY


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Memphis State University


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About Mary

I home schooled my three children for many years. I have two children with learning disabilities (i.e. dyslexia, dysgraphia and ADD). I learned Orton-Gillingham which is a multi-sensory approach to teaching children struggling with reading. I like making this a fun experience so the children will enjoy reading. I always told my children "reading is the magic key to take you where you want to be"! Phonics and spelling rules are very important in building a strong foundation. Writing skills and learning to organize their thoughts are also important.

Organizational skills are an important area in which to become proficient as well as good study habits.
I am willing to come to your home or you to mine.

My three children were given a very strong educational base and subsequently my eldest daughter is now a doctor, my second daughter is a graduate of the Culinary Institute and my son is in Engineering school. I feel that when we have high expectations they will meet these expectations with the proper guidance.

I look forward to helping your children achieve their goals.

I home schooled my three children for many years. I have two children with learning disabilities (i.e. dyslexia, dysgraphia and ADD). I learned Orton-Gillingham which is a multi-sensory approach to teaching children struggling with reading. I like making this a fun experience so the children will enjoy reading. I always told my children "reading Read more

12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Rock Hill, NY 12775
In-person lessons
ACT English, Bible Studies,
English, Grammar,
Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
ACT English, Career Development,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Reading, Vocabulary
Chess, Cooking,

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Bible Studies

I am a member of a bible-based non-denominational church. I have been a part of many bible studies and taught more children both old and new testament. I am a born again believer and feel that I could help any child learn to love the Lord.

Career Development

I have helped guide a number of young people toward their life professions. I usually talk with them extensively about their likes and dislikes. If they are uncertain, I suggest that contact local business people either directly or through the local Chamber of Commerce, Jaycees, Rotary Club, etc and have them ask if they can job shadow or work for free at various occupations to see if they have any interest. After they have determined the field they would like to pursue, there are many scholarship opportunities to be pursued. All three of my children have received scholarships for the majority of their college educations. The scholarships are there; they have to be sought after.


I have had a love for cooking and baking since I was a young child growing up on the farm in Tennessee. I have won many baking contests while in the 4-H club.

Cooking is a great way to bring family and friends together. It is also a good way to budget your monthly food allowance. I believe in the sustainable style of cooking bringing to the table what is currently "in season" which allows us to better budget out monthly food allowance. I have had all three of my children in the kitchen since they were old enough to stand on a stool and one of my daughters will be graduating from the Culinary Institute in March. I believe that food should be healthy; yet tasty. I enjoy cooking with various herbs and have my own garden. I would be happy to teach food preparation on any level. There would, of course, be an extra fee for the various ingredients.


I have a son who is dyslexic. I learned the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory process of teaching children with dyslexia. I would cut out the letters of the alphabet that were three feet tall. I would have him walk on the letters, trace them with his hands, glue leaves or macaroni or whatever we had to it. I would tape that letter to the dining room wall for the week. Next to the letter, we would cut out pictures of things that began with that letter (i.e. horse, cat, dog, kite, etc) write the name next to the picture and place on the wall next to the letter. I would use colored sand in a cookie sheet for him to trace letters. I would spray shaving cream on the bath tub wall for him to trace letters. Colored sidewalk chalk was always popular as well as making pudding and placing outside on picnic table on waxed paper to trace letters....also a nice treat.

Phonics and the phonics and spelling rules are a must.

I would do choral reading with him so that he didn't lose himself in the sentence and still be able to comprehend the meaning. By the time my son was in fifth grade, he was reading on a college level. I so much wanted him to love and enjoy reading as much as I always have. He is now attending law school and deeply appreciates my determination and my fun approach to helping him learn how to read.

I have used these same methods with other children quite successfully.

Elementary (K-6th)

I home schooled my three children for many years. I believe that a good foundation is fundamental in a child's developmental education. The basics- reading, writing and simple math- are the building blocks for a good education. Also, exposure to many different areas of education. National Geographic has wonderful films. There are many wonderful films that I have on great inventors, writers, artists and musicians. Often, when a child is exposed to all different avenues, they will become interested in a particular aspect which will become their passion for their future and perhaps even their profession. Developing their love for reading is most important because if they can read....they can learn anything!


It is so important to have a good foundation in grammar by learning the basiscs. The basics are learning both the phonics and spelling rules and how they apply to sentence structure, parts of speach, diagraming sentences, etc. It is also important to know how to do an outline in order to organize your thoughts and thereby improving your writing skills.

I home schooled all three of my children. Two of them have learning disabilities. I found going back and teaching them the basics and building a strong foundation has allowed them to be successful and be able to complete college.


Phonics is definitely the basis for learning how to properly read and write. Understanding and recognizing the sounds of the various vowels and consonants along with all of the blends will catapult your child into reading and also develop a love for reading. Once they are able to read, they can develop in their other subjects as well. I have been trained in Orton-Gillingham, which is a special technique developed for dyslexia; however, it is a very "hands-on approach" and can help anyone know and understand phonics a lot more readily. I home-schooled my children for several years and found the areas that had been neglected in their education were the phonics and spelling rules. The home-school curriculum that I used was Christian Light. They have a very solid approach to phonics and reading. We started back at the beginning and went from blends to dipthongs, etc. Since my son is dyslexic, it was very important that he learn phonics forwards and backwards to enable him to be successful. I have also tutored many other children with reading problems and I always start with phonics which is their foundation.

Public Speaking

I have spoken before many groups both professionally and socially. I worked for Xerox corporation as a sales representative and made presentations before various panels within various companies. I was a member of the Toast Mistress Club where we were asked to deliver speeches for various topics. I also took speech interpretation classes in both high school and college. I was president of the Chamber of Commerce where I presided over many meetings and boards. I have taught numerous individuals on how to become more assertive and confident in their presentations.


I have been sewing since I was a very young girl. I learned to sew from my mother and while I was in the 4-H Club. I participated and won in several dress revues
where I participated in making all different types of outfits. I have also made draperies, valances and many other window treatments as well as tablecloths, napkins, etc.

Memphis State University


Memphis State University

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mary will travel within 20 miles of Rock Hill, NY 12775.