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Mary V.

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

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

$40/hour

  • 1,147 hours tutoring

  • Memphis, TN 38134

About Mary


Bio

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...

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)


Education

University of Memphis
Fine Arts and Art History

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $40
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 25 miles of Memphis, TN 38134
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 6/24/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Art History,

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
Drawing,

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.
Painting

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.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

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,

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.
Proofreading

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.

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

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,

Elementary Science

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

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.
Phonics,

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.
Reading,

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.
Study Skills,

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

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.

English

ESL/ESOL,

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,

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.
Proofreading,

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,

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.
Vocabulary,

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

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.

History

Art History,

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

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.

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

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.
ESL/ESOL,

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.
Reading,

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.
Study Skills,

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.
Writing

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.

Language

ESL/ESOL

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.

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

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.
ESL/ESOL,

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.
Reading,

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.
Study Skills,

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.
Writing

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.

Other

Bible Studies,

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.
ESL/ESOL,

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.
Study Skills

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.

Special Needs

ADHD,

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.
Phonics,

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.
Special Needs,

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

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.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

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.
ESL/ESOL,

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.
Reading,

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.
Study Skills,

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.
Writing

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.

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews

Great teacher for ESL

My daughter starts ESL lesson with Mary. They are so shy to speak English. But, She is so patient and has ability to teach English as second language. They are excited to take next lesson.

Katsuhiro, 7 lessons with Mary

Great Teacher!

My 6 year old son loved Mary! After completing his lesson, he said "thank you so much mommy for bringing me here. I had fun". She has her own methods for explaining tricky concepts, which are fantastic for helping students understand. I'm definitely looking forward to continuing sessions with her! Thank you Mary!!

Tierra, 8 lessons with Mary

Knowledgeable and insightful

Mary worked for an hour with each of my boys. She is very patient and knowledgeable. Mary confirmed the areas that each boys needs tutoring. She has a plan for each boy to reach his fullest potential. My boys enjoyed meeting and working with Mary. They are looking forward to seeing her again next week!

Kellie, 15 lessons with Mary

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, 12 lessons with Mary

Great!

She taught about form and realism. I learned these and practiced some shading and design. She will teach me designing and paint bird. She is a good teacher. I love learning from her.

Namita, 66 lessons with Mary

Great!

She prepares ahead of time for what I want to learn and prepares accurately. She watches over me to see if whether I understand the material or not and it is very helpful for me.

Junko, 4 lessons with Mary

So far so good!

Mary made us feel comfortable right away. We met at the library where she and my son spent the hour getting to know each other and discussing his academic needs. My son told me that he feels like she can help him. We are looking forward to meeting with her again.

Shelley, 3 lessons with Mary

Accurate

Mary met us at the library. My six year old was anxious to be tutored and responded well to Mary. When I sought out a tutor my child was doing poorly in Kindergarten but she started doing well even before she met with Mary. Mary gave me an honest review. She said my child was doing well and didn't need tutoring. We did agree, however, that if we continued seeing Mary my little girl would learn at an even better pace. My six year old wants to meet with Mary again.

Lloyd, 33 lessons with Mary

Patient Tutor

She was very patient with my daughter and was able to identify her weakness and where to focus more to help bring her up to speed with her reading.

Carolina, 12 lessons with Mary

Knowledgeable, Kind and Wonderful tutor

I am Japanese, so Mary taught me English speaking as a second language with using some tests. She was a wonderful teacher for me because she made efforts to realize what I know or not. She used very valuable print for pronunciation and sentences. I like her personality too. She can bring out my positive feeling for learning English and lecture was interesting to me. I am sure that I can brush up my English skill with Mary. I hope many students could take her nice lecture! I am so glad to see Mary and also appreciate WyzAnt for connecting with her.

Maki, 63 lessons with Mary

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