Over 100 tutoring hours

Mary D.

Smyrna, TN

$50/hour

Help Along the Path

Background check passed as of 3/29/13
4.9 average from 74 ratings

Message Mary

Send Mary a message explaining your needs and you will receive a response shortly. Have you already emailed Mary or another tutor? If so, you have an account! Sign in now

 Checking availability…
Please enter the tutor's email address.
Please enter the student's email address.
Please describe how you heard about us.
Replies in 3 hours
Replies in 3 hours

Receive responses from additional tutors

If you select this option, WyzAnt will ask interested tutors to contact you by email if they are able to help. A maximum of five different tutors will email you and none of your personal information, including your email address, will be released.

MTSU Murfreesboro, TN
Interdisciplinay Studies
WGU, Utah
Graduate Coursework

Education

MTSU Murfreesboro, TN (Interdisciplinay Studies)

WGU, Utah (Graduate Coursework)

About Mary

I taught in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for 12 years. I was also a Robertson County teacher for 2 years.

I have extensive training and experience in a wide range of grade levels and subject areas: ESOL, struggling readers, English, writing, Special Needs, Autism, Aspergers, Study Skills, and Public Speaking.

I currently coordinate events which involves coaching team leaders and their teams. I own multiple businesses, and I am currently a blogger, coach, author, and speaker. I consider myself a servant leader. Most importantly, it is my calling to help others. How can I help you?
I taught in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for 12 years. I was also a Robertson County teacher for 2 years.

I have extensive training and experience in a wide range of grade levels and subject areas: ESOL, struggling readers,
Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Smyrna, TN 37167
Background Check: Passed
English:
ACT English, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, Career Development,
College Counseling, GED
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers,
Autism,
Dyslexia, Phonics,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Sports/Recreation:
Swimming

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.

ADD/ADHD

I taught general education in a resource inclusion classroom for most of my teaching career. Many of my students had ADD or ADHD. I have taken courses on teaching students with ADD and ADHD, Multiple Intelligences, and Differentiation in the Classroom. I understand the struggles that students with special needs face, as well as the advocating parents must do on their behalf. Above all, I understand that students must be taught according to their own strengths and style of learning. I understand the need for students to move and learn actively.

Aspergers

I have taught students with Aspergers for 14 years. I have spent much of the past 7 years researching skills and strategies to teach children with this sydrome. I also have an understanding of the difficulty with social skills that Aspergers students face, as well as the varying sensory issues that must be taken into consideration for individual students to be successful. I also have a 12-year-old son with Aspergers, so I understand how to deal with children with Aspergers from a parent's perspective, as well.

Autism

I taught general education in a resource inclusion classroom for most of my teaching career. I have taken in-service hours focused on teaching students on the Autism Spectrum, as well as, courses on Multiple Intelligences, and Differentiation in the classroom. Additionally, I helped raise a step-son with Rhett's Syndrome (a relatively rare Autism Spectrum Disorder), and other comorbid conditions such as Cerebral Palsy and Seizure Disorder. I also have a 12-year-old son with Aspergers (Autism I). He was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety, a Short Term Processing deficit, and ADD (Inattentive Type) at age 5. I fought for testing and accommodations for him and understand the struggles that students with special needs face, as well as the advocating parents must do on their behalf. Above all, I understand that students must be taught according to their own strengths and style of learning.

Career Development

In addition to my teaching degree, I hold a certificate in Life Coaching. Career Development is one area in which I have coached and consulted clients. I first help them explore their strengths, talents, and desires. I then help them navigate their career path, and adjust their course through the process. This entails figuring out where they are and where they want to go, then figuring out how to get there. This plan includes figuring out what education or training is needed, and planning the action steps that must be taken along the way.

Cosmetology

From 1980 until 1983, I attended Cosmetology classes in the vocational department of Sullivan East High School in Bluff City, Tennessee and at Cameo School of Beauty Culture in Oak Lawn (1981), Illinois. I obtained my cosmetology license in May of 1983. I worked in hair salons in Bristol VA, Bristol TN, and Antioch TN. I eventually co-owned a salon in Bristol, TN before deciding to go to college to become an educator.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have 12 years experience in Elementary Education. I have experience in all grade levels from Kindergarten through eighth grade. I have taught all subject areas, specializing in reading intervention and resource inclusion. I currently teach ELL.

Elementary Math

I taught 4th grade (all subjects) for 10 years, and math at all grade levels, as a general educator in an inclusion setting, from Kindergarten through 7th grade.

ESL/ESOL

I am an ELL teacher in a Metro Nashville Public School. I have had experience both as a general education teacher serving English Language Learners, and as an ELL specialist using both push-in and pull-out models.

Phonics

I have 12 years experience working with struggling readers. I currently work in the primary grades (K-3), teaching ELL students. All of these require an understanding of phonics as a sound/symbol relationship (phonemic awareness/letter recognition). Mastery of phonics is essential to decoding, thus opening the door to fluent reading. It is an area I know well and teach daily.

Public Speaking

I have taken courses in Public Speaking, and I have used the skills I learned there in my teaching career, as a teacher trainer, and in my personal coaching. I am skilled at preparing a presentation, speech delivery, and dealing with performance anxiety. More importantly, I can teach these skills and coach students through the process of becoming confident and effective public speakers.

Special Needs

I taught general education in a resource inclusion classroom for most of my teaching career. I have taken in-service hours focused on teaching students on the Autism Spectrum, as well as, courses on Multiple Intelligences, and Differentiation in the classroom. Additionally, I helped raise a step-son with Rhett's Syndrome (a relatively rare Autism Spectrum Disorder), and other comorbid conditions such as Cerebral Palsy and Seizure Disorder. I also have a 12-year-old son with Aspergers (Autism I). He was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety, a Short Term Processing deficit, and ADD (Inattentive Type) at age 5. I fought for testing and accommodations for him and understand the struggles that students with special needs face, as well as the advocating parents must do on their behalf. Above all, I understand that students must be taught according to their own strengths and style of learning.

Study Skills

Having taught for several years, I have experience with teaching students how to study. I have taken courses which emphasize how learning occurs. I also led study groups in college, and have taken a college course in study skills. Additionally, I worked for a nationally known tutoring company which taught study skills as part of its curriculum.

Swimming

As a teen, I took and passed a Junior Lifesaving course. I took a swimming class in college. I am an avid swimmer and taught all of my four children how to swim. I took my oldest child at 10 months old for swimming lessons and learned how to teach him to swim to safety if he fell in and how to teach him to actually swim. I have an understanding of strokes, safety, and having worked with children in multiple capacities, I understand how to encourage students without stressing them too much.

MTSU Murfreesboro, TN
Interdisciplinay Studies
WGU, Utah
Graduate Coursework

Education

MTSU Murfreesboro, TN (Interdisciplinay Studies)

WGU, Utah (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mary will travel within 40 miles of Smyrna, TN 37167.