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Mary V.

Pipersville, PA

$60/hour

Biology and Sewing: I teach with hands-on methods

In-person lessons
200+ Hours
Background check passed as of 6/21/12
5.0 average from 49 ratings
Exceptional!
— Harry, Newtown, PA on 4/1/16

$60/Hour


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Miami University Ohio
Botany and Chemistry
University of Oklahoma-Norman (Plant Physiology)
Master's
Gwynedd Mercy College
Graduate Coursework

Education

Miami University Ohio (Botany and Chemistry)

University of Oklahoma-Norman (Plant Physiology) (Master's)

Gwynedd Mercy College (Graduate Coursework)

About Mary

Before pursuing a teaching certification in Biology and General Science, I worked as an agricultural research biologist using my master's degree, which was in Botany.

I am also an accomplished seamstress, and have sewn professionally. I work 1-on-1 with sewing students, all ages and levels, in your home or mine.

I have taught public high school biology, environmental science, and forensics. As teacher, I held study sessions after school to help students prepare for tests. The sessions were so effective that students who weren't mine attended them. I teach by presenting the information in a logical, visual way, so that students can 'see' and understand the concepts. If students understand the 'why' behind the facts in biology, they can remember them and connect the information between the concepts. I use 'hands-on' demos, videos, color-coding, memory hooks, hand motions, chants, ... whatever helps the student to understand and remember the material. I also specialize in preparing students for the state Keystone Biology exam. My students have unlimited access to me through emails or texts in between lessons. For over 4 years I have provided homebound science instruction for Central Bucks students at the middle and high school level.

I have two creative young adult children (a musician and a photographer), and my husband is an oil painting restorer, so I am the science nerd in the family, and proud of it! I spend my free time outside gardening and horseback riding, or inside sewing.
Before pursuing a teaching certification in Biology and General Science, I worked as an agricultural research biologist using my master's degree, which was in Botany.

I am also an accomplished seamstress, and have sewn professionally. I work 1-on-1 with sewing students, all ages and levels, in your home or mine.

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Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required

Science tutoring - $60 Sewing tutoring - $45. Many sewing students prefer to work in blocks of 2+ hrs. A discount may apply. $4 mileage charge if I travel more than 15 miles

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Pipersville, PA 18947
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Exceptional!"

- Harry, Newtown, PA on 4/1/16

"One of the most energetic and knowledgable tutors. Very patient and understanding of the students needs."

- Maria, Doylestown, PA on 1/23/17

"Excellent tutor!"

- Marlynne, New Hope, PA on 1/3/17

"Great tutor"

- Saj, Chalfont, PA on 5/22/15

"I couldn't have done it without her!"

- Laura, Revere, PA on 6/25/14

"Very Knowledgeable and personable!"

- Amanda, Philadelphia, PA on 8/5/12
Special Needs:
ADHD,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
ADHD
Sports/Recreation:
Sewing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADHD

I have recently taught public high school biology, environmental science, and forensics. I have worked as a 1:1 with the Bucks County IU #22 with high and low functioning middle schoolers with autism and ADHD.

Biology

I love teaching biology, and incorporate current findings into the basic facts. I have taught high school biology for 4 years, and love doing hands-on science. For instance, when learning about the cellular respiration, I teach it from a human being standpoint, a plant standpoint, and a microorganism standpoint, and talk about the consequences in each organism if it doesn't work properly.

Botany

I have a BS and a MS degree in Botany, and worked for 17 years in the agricultural industry. I taught 9th/10th grade biology for 4 years, and botany is my specialty!

Ecology

I have taught high school environmental science (ecology), including units on power, water, pollution, food supplies, and recycling. I have a strong interest in gardening and composting, and re-purposing household items and garbage, and incorporate that into my lessons.

Genetics

I hold an MS in plant physiology, and have taken genetics at the graduate level. I have taught HS biology for 4 years (Hatboro Horsham HS and Upper Dublin HS), and am very knowledgeable as to teaching genetics at the HS level. These areas include the history of, mono and di-hybrid crosses and Punnetts, vocabulary, disorders, and the 'exceptions' to Mendelian genetics (codominance, incomplete dominance, etc).

Physiology

I have taught high school biology for 4 years, and included in that curriculum is both plant and animal physiology. My masters degree is in plant physiology - specifically the biochemical processes in plants, such as protein/amino acid synthesis, photosynthesis, and aging. In animal physiology, I use hands on resources to teach the systems, including respiratory,circulatory,digestive,excretory, and nervous systems.

Sewing

I have sewn professionally for over 30 years. I have done everything from traditional clothing for men, women, and children with and without patterns, to mass producing costumes for elementary plays, backstage emergency repairs for ballets, to prom gown alterations, hand smocking, and wedding dress construction. I have also done all aspects of home decor sewing - from quilting to curtains, pillows, slipcovers and fabric shades. I also specialize in repair of equestrian clothing and equipment, as well as repair of soft-sided equipment bags. Recently, I gave 8 hours of private sewing lessons to a young woman who is a professional artist. Here are excepts of her letter:

"Mary's passion for sewing rivals her skill as a science teacher, and her capacity as teacher exceeds both. She is both patient and enthusiastic, and open to a teaching challenge. I brought an intricately patterned and fray-prone fabric for my first lesson, and she walked me through every step of the project to its completion, instead of telling me to wait when my skills were more developed. Because of her extensive background, she turns mistakes into learning opportunities by switching directions and taking a new approach. I learned 3 ways to insert zippers and two ways to make a sleeve in just one lesson. Mary anticipates potential pitfalls, and gives students directions to avoid such obstacles. This builds student confidence and reduces anxiety and frustration. Mary possesses both the technical expertise and qualities of character that make for a truly exceptional sewing teacher."

Special Needs

I worked as an aide with the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 for 6 summers in their ESY program with a variety of special needs children. This included all ages of students, with disabilities ranging from non-verbal severely autistic, where I fed and diapered, to wheel-chair bound mentally retarded children, to highly-functional students prone to violent outbursts. To work in this program, I was certified each year, from 2006 - 2010 in CPR, First Aide, and CPI (passive restraint).

Miami University Ohio
Botany and Chemistry
University of Oklahoma-Norman (Plant Physiology)
Master's
Gwynedd Mercy College
Graduate Coursework

Education

Miami University Ohio (Botany and Chemistry)

University of Oklahoma-Norman (Plant Physiology) (Master's)

Gwynedd Mercy College (Graduate Coursework)

Exceptional!

Harry was very happy about finding someone like Mary, she went above and beyond our expectations, she prepared in advance of coming to tutor, made the important contacts to get all and any information to help Harry. She is very clear in getting across Biology to a 15 year old and after only the first visit I saw an elated, enthused 15 year old. Can't say enough about Mary. She is dedicated and

— Harry, Newtown, PA on 4/1/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Science tutoring - $60 Sewing tutoring - $45. Many sewing students prefer to work in blocks of 2+ hrs. A discount may apply. $4 mileage charge if I travel more than 15 miles

Travel policy

Mary will travel within 20 miles of Pipersville, PA 18947.