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Mary V.

Memphis, TN

$40/hour

Patient Tutor Specializing in Learning Differences, ESL/EFL, and Art

900+ Hours
Background check passed as of 6/24/15
5.0 average from 237 ratings
Extremely knowledgeable and patient tutor
— Tanisha, Olive Branch, MS on 3/3/17

$40/Hour


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University of Memphis
Fine Arts and Art History

Education

University of Memphis (Fine Arts and Art History)

About Mary

I love teaching. I have considerable experience tutoring adults, teens, and students with learning differences, as well as ESL/EFL, and art. The subjects I teach cover a broad range because my experience covers a broad range, and I enjoy it all.

I am currently teaching in elementary schools in the Memphis area as a sub, as well as tutoring. In addition to having a background in early childhood education, and having a Bachelors degree, I am certified to tutor in several academic subjects here on Wyzant. I am also certified to tutor drawing, painting, and art history. (I have taught Homeschool Art Class and I would be happy to again).

I am a parent of three myself, so I have extensive personal experience teaching my own children, as well.

Much of my experience includes working with children with ADD/ADHD, as well as other special needs. I was a certified respite care worker, licensed day care owner, and an approved child care provider for Catholic Social Services in Illinois. Here in Tennessee I have taught at several schools specialized to increase student scores in low scoring areas of the city. I have experience in leading RTI learning groups and teaching study skills.

When I teach, I teach with patience and encouragement, though I can be firm about keeping a student on task. I sometimes provide breaks during sessions, usually based on the student's response to the subject. Frustration is never productive, so, if those situations arise, I may provide a brief break for the student, and then return to learning.

My experience tutoring adults has mostly been in subjects such as art, ESL/EFL, and reading.

I love learning myself, as well as teaching others. Seeing the "light come on" in someone's eyes, when they understand something they have previously struggled with, is a joy. I hope to hear from you so I can share the fascinating world of learning with you and/or your children.

Relevant College Credit:
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Development
Developmental Psychology
Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Art History (Cum Laude)
I love teaching. I have considerable experience tutoring adults, teens, and students with learning differences, as well as ESL/EFL, and art. The subjects I teach cover a broad range because my experience covers a broad range, and I enjoy it all.

I am currently teaching in elementary schools in the Memphis area as a sub, as well as
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Memphis, TN 38134
Background Check: Passed

"Extremely knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Tanisha, Olive Branch, MS on 3/3/17

"Great!"

- Namita, Germantown, TN on 1/30/17

"Great!"

- Junko, Germantown, TN on 12/8/15

"So far so good!"

- Shelley, Cordova, TN on 12/4/15

"Accurate"

- Lloyd, Germantown, TN on 11/18/15

"Patient Tutor"

- Carolina, Cordova, TN on 9/17/15

"Knowledgeable, Kind and Wonderful tutor"

- Maki, Memphis, TN on 7/10/15

"Patient tutor."

- Anne, Memphis, TN on 1/18/13
Mary replied on 1/18/2013

Thanks Anne! He is working very hard too.

Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Reading,
Writing
History:
Art History,
Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL,
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ADHD

I can help children with ADD/ADHD focus and get more out of their study time and lessons

Relevant College Credit:
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Development
Developmental Psychology

Most recently I have worked with local school districts such as the Achievement School District as a sub (The ASD's assigned task is to move the bottom 5% of schools in Tennessee to the top 25% by 2018) . While a licensed home day care provider for approximately 10 years I was also a certified respite care provider for children with special needs and an approved provider for Catholic Social Services clients. I cared for older children as well as preschool. In addition, my experience includes volunteer work with the Head Start program in Illinois. I have raised three children of my own. The youngest has ADD, has always maintained a B average or better and is now attending a major university.

Art History

I will provide an overview of art history from ancient times to modern. I can also assist in study habits for drafting reports and to retain information for testing.

Relevant College Credit:
World Art I & II
Medieval Art History
Contemporary Art History

Bible Studies

I have been studying the Bible for over 20 years and have gained a solid bank of knowledge. I began studying because of my basic faith but later in my teen years I began to study in depth as I began to question. As an adult I continue to study because I am always discovering something new. I use reference materials in addition to the Bible including history books, historical documents and dependable Internet resources.

Drawing

I will teach basic drawing in different media or critique and help refine the more experienced art student.

I am an experienced artist. My favorite drawing media are charcoal and graphite. I have earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a minor in art history graduating Cum Laude.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a Bachelors degree and most recently I have been working in local school districts (Bartlett, Shelby County, and the Achievement School District) both long term and substitute. In the past, I was a licensed home day care provider for approximately 10 years while my own children were small. I cared for school age children, as well as younger children. I taught regular lessons and helped the school age children with their schoolwork. I also volunteered with the Head Start program, was a certified respite care provider for children with special needs, and an approved provider for Catholic Social Services clients. In addition, I have raised three children of my own. The youngest has ADD and has always maintained a B average or better.

Elementary Science

I personally enjoy science very much and would love to share that enthusiasm with my students.

ESL/ESOL

Having lived in South America and having learned a foreign language (Spanish) on my own has helped equip me to assist persons desiring to learn English as a second language. I understand how difficult it is being in a foreign country, what it takes to learn a language that is not native, as well as the nuances of usage vs. direct translation.

I have a variety of experiences tutoring ESL/EFL, from tutoring entire families to individuals. I have tutored persons from Europe, Asia, and the Americas. I thoroughly enjoy this subject as I love learning about my students and their culture as they learn and/or perfect their English speaking skills.

Grammar

Good grammar is essential for good communication. I help my students get their ideas across to their audience in an effective way, whether in writing or in speech.

Painting

I will provide instruction to the beginning painter in oil painting, watercolor, gouache or tempera, and acrylic.

I can provide more advanced instruction in oil painting as that is one of my favorite painting mediums and where I have the most experience.

Qualifications:
I am an experienced artist and I have earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a minor in art history graduating Cum Laude.

Phonics

I will teach reading and spelling techniques using phonics while also providing information regarding exceptions to the phonics rules.

My relevant college credits include: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Development and Developmental Psychology.

I am currently teaching K-6 subjects, especially ELA, in one of the local school systems. I learned reading with the phonics system. I have many years of experience working with young children through being a licensed day care provider, volunteering at Head Start, working in the Achievement School District, and raising my own three children.

Proofreading

I am very detail oriented when editing documents. My eye picks up even small errors in almost anything I read, as well as in movies and speeches.

Reading

I love to read and I will share my passion for reading with my students. One reason people struggle with reading is that they don't see the value. Because they find it difficult it doesn't seem fun or worth the trouble. Once a person learns how, then they are able to explore all of the new worlds reading opens to them. I believe that reading should be fun. Even when it doesn't seem to be, such as a class assignment in a subject a student finds "boring," it can still be viewed in a positive way when you know how to find and understand the information needed. I look forward to helping anyone to read. It's like opening a door to a brand new world.

Special Needs

I was a certified respite care provider in Illinois. I have experience working with children with various developmental and/or learning challenges including ADD, ADHD, and physical disabilities. I also have experience working with adults and the elderly.

Study Skills

There are keys to studying any topic efficiently and effectively. These keys include time management, identification of key information when reading, memory tools, such as acronyms, environment, familiar relatable clues, personalization of the material, and repetition.

Vocabulary

Teaching vocabulary is a rewarding experience for student and teacher. Having a good vocabulary enables you to communicate well in a broad variety of environments and with many types of people. I will teach vocabulary according to the student's needs and I will also provide the student with tools to help when my tutoring time is completed.

Writing

I took Accelerated Composition in college and currently still write poetry, short stories, and journal. I'll be happy to assist anyone struggling with writing. Each situation is unique just as each assignment is unique, so I am unable to delineate here exactly what a lesson would entail. I can say that I will try to make lessons fun, as well as useful.

University of Memphis
Fine Arts and Art History

Education

University of Memphis (Fine Arts and Art History)

Extremely knowledgeable and patient tutor

She is patiently observant with my son and informative! She has been providing him with great study tips while helping him to understand an easier way to break down his assignments so that it doesn't seem so complex.

— Tanisha, Olive Branch, MS on 3/3/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mary will travel within 25 miles of Memphis, TN 38134.