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Texas Woman's University (English)
Texas Woman's University (Master's)
University of Houston at Clear Lake (Graduate Coursework)
Greetings! I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English (minor in Spanish) as well as an M.L.S., Masters of Library Science degree from Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas. I have worked 20 plus years in public libraries (Houston Public Library, almost 16 years, and City of League City Library, 11 years). I have provided reference service to all ages during these years. In addition, as recently as 2007, I have completed the College of the Mainland Alternative Education Program aka P.A.C.T., except for my required one year of internship as a Teacher-of-Record. I passed the courses in the top of my class.
In the interim, I substituted at the CCISD, Clear Creek ISD, elementary schools (Kindergarten through Grade 5) for an entire Fall and Spring session, using the AESOP online system to acquire substitute jobs on a daily basis. I worked in 18 different elementary schools of the CCISD, assuming the responsibilities of the teacher in different grades and schools for five days a week (Kindergarten through Grade 5, Special Ed, Resource Teacher, Music Teacher for all grades once, Drama Teacher for all grades once, and Science Teacher for all classes twice). The highest grade that I taught in CCISD was 5th grade.
I have always helped all ages learn better by providing personal reference services to the public. I am known for my organizational ability, my creativity in developing programs for children, and my sense of humor. In some of the CCISD elementary schools, I have worked with mainstreamed students in their group classes, observing their interactions and helping them reach out to other classmates for assistance or for sharing of their knowledge. I welcome the opportunity to help your children, tweens, teens, and young adults succeed in their individual and intrapersonal/interpersonal goals. I also believe that some children need positive, supportive mentors like me in order to succeed in our multinational, global economy.
I can help ESL learners of all ages, GED test-takers, college students, elementary school and SAT or ACT preparation students. I have also helped 9th and 10th graders with their TEKS Buen Viaje Spanish textbooks, introducing verb conjugations along with popular words. I am interested in having Spanish learners write simple prose or poetry as well as study Spanish fiction and nonfiction works. In my last two years with Wyzant, I have been privileged to help adult as well as college-level students succeed in their public speaking efforts.
Informing me ahead of time about your individual needs will afford me the opportunity to organize your sessions effectively. I also would love to help you succeed in other subjects like social studies, government, history, creative writing, philosophy, or science when you need to write essays, poetry, or research papers, providing you with interpersonal editing assistance. I do not tutor in math and science beyond fifth grade, since these subjects are now taught in different ways which I have found, personally, to be more confusing than logical.
Tutoring different ages is challenging and rewarding. I coach my clientele in area public libraries, like Pasadena Public, Freeman Public, Alvin Public, Pearland Public, and Friendswood Public on a year-long basis. Greetings! I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English (minor in Spanish) as well as an M.L.S., Masters of Library Science degree from Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas.
No-shows/those who cancel within 6 hours of a lesson without calling & leaving a msg. or emailing me in time are charged a $30.00 flat fee.
Mary has been helping my daughter study for her GED for the last several months. She has worked with her on GED language queries, social studies, science, and some math. She has been a great motivator and extremely helpful. So far, she has passed every test she's taken.
Mary is teaching my son reading and math. Mary is a very patient and knowledgeable tutor. She has boosted my sons confidence in reading.
My son is a 4th grader. And he was having trouble with reading and math. And I chose Mrs. Mary because her great reviews, and experience. She is a great person, very patient and lovely. My son really likes her, he loves working with her. He is getting better at his reading and math. I have to stop for a few months but definitely I would choose her again. Thanks Mrs. Mary
She helped me tackle an assignment I had for an upper level literature class. I would without a doubt take her again. She was amazing!!!
Keeps my son interested and excited about reading and writing. He has been excited to meet with Mary every week and looks forward to the work they do.
Helping student understand what is being asked and to carefully read instructions. She doesn't give you the answer but raises question that make you think about the answer you chose and why it was right or wrong. To understand the question and figure out or reason through the different answers.
My son has had a hard time reading and since we started seeing Mary he reads so much better! He now picks up books to read on his own.
Mary helped my son with his writing. She was patient, pleasant and determined to help him improve. She is good at identifying weaknesses and displayed positive attitude in correcting them. He benefited a lot from her lessons and he enjoyed his time working with her. She does excellent reports about each lesson. I highly recommend her.
Thanks to Ms. Mary I was able to raise my Spanish grade up from a 75 to an 89. She is a wonderful and patient person and I am really glad I found her. She also helped me with my History and Chemistry classes for which I am very grateful. Thanks Ms. Mary!
I am very happy with everything Ms. Mary has done with my 3 year old. My daughter is always excited to tell me what she has learned after a lesson.
It really makes me happy to have found Mary through WyzAnt. We had tried several avenues for a little help and this is finally the focused and patient attitude we were looking for.
Our son feels really comfortable with her and is ready to go back. Questions he is a little timid to ask us, he freely asks Mary with a nice response. 4th grade is easy to learn, sometimes hard to teach (if you are not a teacher).
All I can say is that if you are thinking about a tutor you will not find a nicer person to begin with.
Mary has done a great job with our son this summer. On those days my son didn't want to go and see her, she was able to get him involved and on the right track to where they had a great lesson.
I like how she had him write down new vocabulary words in the back of his notebook and would explain to him what they mean. We have tried to use some of those new words every day so he will remember them. Thanks Mary!
I am bummed we don't live closer to the facility though, so I could make arrangements to have our son get tutoring from her during the school year. We would use her again next summer if she was available.
My son has been seeing Mary for a few weeks and she is great. Keeps him on task during the lesson. She is very patient with him but makes him work harder each lesson. Thanks Mary!
Ms. Mary was very thorough in her review to help me know an approximate idea of where my son's issues are with his school work and test grades. It was only his first meeting but he already has more self confidence and was studying hard on his own this past weekend for his finals. Ms. Mary is very patient and humorous, which are excellent qualities to help students be more open about the help they need.
Mary has helped my 7th grade son so much the last few weeks. He was failing Language, he is dyslexic and has trouble organizing ideas and writing essays, but with Mary's instruction and guidance he has now pulled up his grade to a 93! Not only that, but he was also able to now successfully write an essay in History as well. My son really enjoys working with Mary, he says he feels very comfortable with her and that she is very patient and encouraging.
Mary was a great tutor for our 10 year old son who is currently in 4th grade, loves sports, artistic, and very outgoing. Mary helped with his writing skills improving his organization.
This tutor has been working with my HS freshman son in pre AP English and my HS junior daughter in AP English III. They have very different needs and she has been able to relate to both of them. Excellent tutor.
Mary has started tutoring my 6 year old with reading, letters, and sounds. She is awesome, very nice, direct, and knowledgeable. My son seems to really enjoy his time with her and we are looking for many more tutoring sessions with her.
My daughter used to dread working on Spanish. However, Mary has given her enough guidance and confidence that she is studying Spanish far more than she ever did before. She is doing this all on her own. We are not having to push her to study. She grade has increased 4 letter grades!
I just started looking for an English tutor a week ago when I came across Wyzant, Inc. I was very impressed how quickly Mary responded to my urgent situation. My son is in college and really struggles with writing papers. Mary is a great tutor, she makes the students feel comfortable and has a great style of teaching. My son feels very comfortable with Mary. We will continue to use her in the future!
So thankful for your help. My son's content is usually good but he struggles with sentence structure and use of better words. Many thanks for helping him work through his paper.
My daughter has learned so much from Ms. Mary. We are very lucky to find her because she is a such wonderful teacher. She is very knowledgeable and friendly. We always feel so calm when we talk to her. She has been assisted my daughter in whatever topic my daughter feels like to improve. She has been tutoring my daughter in writing techniques, SAT vocabulary, Latin and essays for applying to a scholarship. Ms. Mary is always prepared for every session and always on time. She is very organized and responsible. She writes us the summary right after each session. We just like that so much. One of the wonderful things about Ms. Mary is that she is so easy to reach, never having to wait long for her response. I would like to have her to work with my daughter throughout her high school year.
Mary is very patient with my son who is easily distracted and sometimes very tough to teach. She keeps him going in the right direction despite his many frequent efforts to get off track. Mary always comes prepared with a lesson and is always ready and waiting for our arrival. She is very personable and enjoys chatting with my other boys after the tutoring session is complete.
Mary is doing a great job of analyzing what the needs are, and how to meet those needs. She truly enjoys what she does. When a teenager likes an adult, that alone says so much about the adult!
Mary is an outstanding tutor who sincerely cares! She meet weekly with my son regarding the challenges he is having in English IV. She has devised a plan to get him where he needs to be in order to be successful in his senior year and upcoming college years. She is very communicative and responsive with feedback immediately following each tutoring session. I highly recommend Mary as a tutor, you won't be disappointed!
I was very pleased with Mary M. She is very patient with my child and he really likes her. He told me that he really had fun learning today.
We meet at the library. She had a lot of information for me. She is well spoken and very prepared. Gave me some ideas for me to think about. Great experience.
I came to Mary with a first grader who has a handwriting and spelling weakness. Since tutoring his spelling grade has improved 9 points and his handwriting is turning a corner. She's been very patient with him in teaching him stroke technique and trying different strategies to help it all take root in his brain. She even comes up with her own "lessons" to aid him that are different from the teacher. I've been very pleased in her knowledge of how kids learn and what's normal vs. not quite normal. Her observations were very well documented and helped in getting him evaluated for possible dyslexia. He's not but we did discover a below average ability in handwriting and Mary is willing and able to learn new strategies that the diagnostician gave us.
We lucked out in choosing Mary as our tutor. She is the best! Mary makes tutoring FUN. She is soft spoken, patient and enjoys teaching. I could not be more pleased, she comes prepared to every session. She always has useful information and handouts that she gives me to review and she brings my son stickers and colorsheets as a reward for doing well in his tutoring session. Mary has made a great impact with our son and his learning ability. I cannot thank her enough!
Our daughter was in need of tutoring to assist with obtaining a higher SAT score for becoming a student/athlete in college.
Mary was selected based on her outstanding academic background in teaching reading/writing skills. From day 1, Mary has been completely engaged in the process of tutoring our daughter for the SAT. In addition to the current needs, Mary is preparing our daughter for being successful in college.
She is a great communicator, providing emails in the tutoring session content and progress. Every lesson, our daughter feels like she came away better at her weaknesses.
As a parent, I like want to know if the time and money is well spent. With the feedback Mary provides and the positive comments from our daughter, I would highly recommend Mary for any and all reading/writing tutoring.
Mary was a wonderful tutor. She helped my son with his reading, writing, and grammar issues while we considered if he might be dyslexic or have attention-deficit issues. He became more confident after each lesson. She was very patient and he really enjoyed working with her. I would highly recommend Mary's services.
Mary is a great tutor. She is currently helping my 5 year old daughter Spanish. Mary has different techniques rather than just reading straight out of a book. My daughter is very pleased and looks forward to every lesson.
Your daughter is a quick-learner as well as being precocious! I am having such fun teaching her.
Mary was a very good choice of tutors for my 15 year old son. He does not like to write and needs to re-take the STARR test this summer. Mary was very helpful in this process. She was very flexible with the times we met. We met at the local library for the sessions, which turned out to be a convenient location and the study room was a good learning environment. We will continue to use Mary as a tutor would highly recommend Mary to others needing help.
I would like to say thanks a lot to Mrs. Mary. I am pleased to have the opportunity to obtain from Mrs. Mary all necessary training material for my TEAS reading test, and I especially appreciate the information and advices she has shared with me. Mrs. Mary helped get me organized my skills, and what is more important, focused on my mistakes during the reading. Her assistance has been invaluable to me for this section.
Mary is a very nice tutor. She was very patient and has of a very good way of explaining the lesson. My 8 year old nephew really enjoy it when I honestly thought the opposite. He is looking forward to his next lesson.
Mary did a fantastic job with the time she spent with my daughter. My daughter left the sessions more confident in her ability and with a reduced stress level of knowing the required subject matter. If you are looking for a quality tutor that can relate to students and the anxieties, pressures and demands of the education system, I would recommend Mary.
Ms. Mary M is a wonderful person; she is very kind and patient. I have always had trouble writing essays and lab reports since English is not my first language; but I figured that a lot of native speakers face the same problem. My experience with the tutoring centers at the two schools I have attended was horrible. Tutors on campus never give insightful advice when they read your paper. Also they do not edit or correct your mistakes; they would simply mark them wrong and leave them up to you to correct. However, that does not help when you have a very important paper due. Therefore, I would usually get a B on a paper that I was supposed get A, if I didn't make tons of grammar and/or sentence structure errors. This time I had to write a review on a very famous research study done by more than twenty scientists and professors from the world's most famous schools, such as the University of Oxford. Their calculation was simply wrong, however, in order to prove that, I had to submit an excellent review paper without any mistakes. My research paper will be published soon. Before talking to Ms. Mary M, I contacted several other tutors at WyzAnt who did not respond back in timely manner. I was very disappointed. However, Mary called me back after I e-mailed her for the first time, she finished editing my paper on the same day, and above all, she gives excellent advice from the bottom of her heart. I am very satisfied with the new edition of the paper and I feel very respected. We did not meet in person and that's what I was looking for. I just needed someone who can polish my research paper. My paper was about 9 pages long but she charged me for only three hours. I highly recommend Ms. Mary M.!!!
My son is a procrastinator and shy. He will not give you lots of information about the things he needs to do, which makes it difficult to tutor him. Mary was is very patient with him and she is helping to guide him through his project. I am very thankful that we found Mary.
She helped me to critically read and comprehend passages on the GMAT. She is very patient and I would highly recommend her.
Ms. M. is such an amazing person. She has really helped me improve my writing skills. I had three papers due, all in one month, and on the same day. She was very patient with helping me, and helped me with all three papers. She responded in a timely manner and was always on time for our sessions. She really wanted to help me became a better writer. She is so passionate and I really appreciate her time. I have noticed the difference in my writing.
Mary was very detailed in how she could help my daughter when she responded to my initial inquiry. She was very flexible with scheduling the day & time for the sessions. She was patient & detailed during the first session with my daughter. She is excited for her next lesson with Mary!
In just three meetings Mary has helped me learn how to prepare for upcoming presentations where I will be expected to speak publicly. She has showed me where knowing my subject and preparing is giving me confidence toward public speaking that I never had before. Thanks Mary.
Mrs. M, was extremely flexible with scheduling lessons. Her responses are prompt via email and/or telephone call. She was very easy to communicate with and values your time. She was very helpful with my son's struggle in Spanish with verb conjugations. After two one hour lessons with Mary, my son feels very confident in taking his Spanish final today. We will see how he fairs today on his Spanish final. Will keep you posted. Thanks Mary. God Bless you.
Mary M. was very helpful in guiding me to setting up proper account through this service. Once account was set up, she was reachable and approachable by telephone to schedule a tutoring session. Upon arrival at the library, I found that she was prepared with study material. After reading through study material, we started to negotiate Critical Reasoning questions for the GMAT test preparation. Our styles in approaching these questions differed immensely. I have an analytical mindset, and try to focus on the question at hand. I found that she approached the questions in a manner more synthetic than what was helpful to me for Critical Reasoning. For example, she would take information from worldly inferences/assumptions, but would not use the evidence specifically given in the argument.
In my humble opinion, she is professional, prepared, and patient. For a younger mindset, which would benefit from soft encouragement and synthetic cognitive skills, she would offer a great service as a tutor and a mentor.
I enjoyed helping Joseph C. from League City. I have worked with adult women and men, college males, high school and middle school males and females, as well as preschoolers, during my year-and-a-half career as an independent tutor with Wyzant.
I was so glad to learn something very important from Joseph C.'s comments about our first-and-only session. When I face a client who controls the reading and analyzing of critical-reasoning material (whether the GRE exam, which I formerly took and passed without the help of the manuals, or the GMAT, SAT, PSAT, ACT, or GED preparation books), I cannot reason as well as when I sit beside him or her, reading the material in concert and separately.
I worked diligently to communicate with Joseph during the one session, however, even though I felt at odds with the situation. After all, reasoning critically is very important to our success in life. Critical reasoning is an objective we all wish to attain, but not at the expense of criticizing or judging another based upon our innate opinions and motivations.
In my humble opinion, I have found his review to be more critical and limiting than analytical, open-ended, and encouraging.
My daughter was struggling with Spanish and we found Ms. Mary. She is very organized and dependable, and I always get a note that describes what they covered that night. My daughter says she makes it fun, and she comes up with some great new concepts to learn with.
Mary has been working with our son on his SAT and ACT testing. He has enjoyed her very much and feels she has helped with different techniques to take the test.
Mary is a great tutor, she tutored my son in both English and Spanish during his Sophmore year and we plan to continue with her in the future. She is very intelligent and knoweldgable. She is always prepared for the sessions and often brings additional material from her own collection. It is always easy to communicate with Mary, she is redily available via phone or email. Thanks to Mary, my son has improved in both subjects and had a very successful Sophmore year.
My 16-yr old son is an Honor Student in AP English. He has been seeing Mary since August 2010. My son has a tremendous amount of outside reading and was in need of a reading coach. WOW! I hit the jackpot when I found Ms. Mary through WyzAnt! She is amazing and my son really enjoys tutoring sessions with her and his English annotation & timed writing grades have improved significantly. I am so pleased because my son dreaded reading and would always do things as a "crash course." Ms. Mary is showing my son how to plan his reading out doing a little at a time which will help him remember his material better. I plan on keeping Ms. Mary with us till my son graduates in May 2012.
Diana's sons and I have established clear learning goals during the last year. As I meet individually with each son, I see him following through with his essays and other critical writings and readings. These high school students have set realistic goals for themselves and they stick to their established work ethic. Their parents are consistently promoting their efforts and ensuring that they reach their individual potential.
Mary has played an important role in my educational process. With her help I passed the TOEFL test. During a test, I was very cogent in answering questions. As a result, I received 90% on writing section.
I had 15 hours with Ms. Mary. Within this short time she did a fabulous work with me. With her unique method of teaching, she gave me directions how to develop my reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. Especially, I was amazed about her method on a essay writing. Ms.Mary helped me to interpret my essay from my point of view. She explained techniques on how to structure an essay. My teacher, also, offered me several exercises how to build my speech which I enjoyed doing a lot. Ms. Mary challenged me to think critically about improving my diction as well as my usage of grammar. She corrected my pronunciation issues.
Ms. Mary is a high level professional and dedicated teacher. I felt comfortable during her lessons. I would recommend her for both, beginners and high level of English learners. I have never met person with such of rich vocabulary. Working with Mary improved my confidence in learning English.
Oksana clearly communicated her personal and business goals from the beginning. She had already set bigger expectations for herself by pursuing a GMAT program. Her family encouraged her to succeed. She is a fabulous listener, patiently allowing me to correct her pronunciation and listening to my suggestions on other essay methods, knowing that, ultimately, I would want her to express her own thoughts in her own way.
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I have worked with Attention Deficit and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder elementary students in the Clear Creek Independent School District (League City, Texas) as a substitute teacher-of-the-day. I worked for a full Fall and Spring session substituting as the Teacher-of-Record in a group of 18 different elementaries serving Grades K-5 plus Specials. I consulted the school district via computer each weekday, deciding which grade level and class to assist. Sometimes, I had five choices, other times, two. I have worked with all levels of elementary pupils, including classes with 24 or 35 students, and Specials Rooms with 5-8 students and special assistants assigned to help one student in particular.
As a tutor, I will ask the students to write something, read something, and express their opinions about their favorite topics in order to get to know them as unique individuals with different assessment needs. Then, I will prepare a coaching plan to help them. If they are enrolled in public or parochial schools, I can help them with their learning tasks outside of class or explain their classroom work to them in different ways to see how they learn different subjects effectively. If they get frustrated easily, I am very patient and considerate. I will quietly ask them to take a time-out and think about what I can do to help them learn to get past their frustration, encouraging them to apply their excess energy to constructive learning patterns. I will encourage them to do their best, even if they cannot understand or reason the right answer yet. I will attempt to fathom which multiple intelligence tactics work best for them (Is their verbal ability stronger than their kinesthetic learning aptitude, for instance?).
As a librarian and tutor, I belong to organizations like NCTE, the National Council of Teachers of English; and I keep apprised of cutting-edge developments in the education industry (Education Week). I have timely articles on-hand to share with prospective college-essay applicants. As an English major and published essayist/poet, I am well-versed to help applicants "present themselves" positively to college admissions offices. Any extracurricular information the student shares will be presented in a unique manner in order to help that applicant "stand out from the crowd".
As a former public library Reference Librarian, I counseled different-aged patrons in pursuing college careers using traditional library reference works as well as Internet sources to ascertain what different colleges and universities were expecting of their students regarding personal career goals and aspirations.
Having been educated in Texas public schools, I have always helped other people learn better by explaining subjects to them in different ways. I usually begin working with dyslexic students by asking them what issues they have encountered in the classroom: Scheduling of assignments and completing them in a timely manner, spelling or handwriting issues which might require the teacher to focus their grades on content and not on grammar, problems with copying information displayed on the board (maybe the student needs a netbook, if they have keyboarding skills, in the classroom to enable them to responsibly copy whiteboard assignments in their word processing calendar form). I appreciate anything the parent or teacher can bring to the table to help me tutor the student effectively. I have worked directly with learning-difference individuals in elementary schools (special education and mainstreamed students), and I praise their strengths and address their weaknesses to embolden them and give them the power to achieve their goals on their own merits.
Recently, I have read "Dyslexia Definition Now Covers Wider Range of Reading Disorders" by Tom Corrigan 3/20/2012 (Issaquah Press): "Dyslexia really encompasses anyone who has difficulty reading," Atwater said. Kathy Gottlieb, a literacy TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) at Issaquah School District said the district does not use the word "dyslexia" in describing student reading problems. It is a medical diagnosis. The Issaquah District does complete comprehensive testing for reading disabilities. Atwater sees dyslexia issues in terms of coding and decoding words or letters in which persons have issues with connecting the letters or words on a page with the sounds normally connected with those words or letters. It is a reading disability combined with auditory processing problems. A dyslexic, for instance, cannot properly visualize a letter or word. Gottlieb explains that a dylexic can read a paragraph on a page and have no idea what it means. The brain's decoding of what is seen on the page is slow or interrupted. Atwater has noticed that reading a paragraph or page of written materials is a lot of work for dyslexic readers who do not like to read as a result. Similar words like "pear" and "pair" add to the confusion. Discriminating between homonyms, synonyms, and antonyms must be frustrating (my opinion). Each dyslexic has different reading problems...Each teaching plan, therefore, is unique. Atwater believes that MRIs can help identify what parts of the brain are having difficulties. Identifying the type of cognitive skill impairment can help teachers give individual attention to that needed skill, using phonics, teaching roots of words, etc. Look online for the frequently-updated list of people who have had dyslexia issues and overcome them successfully (my interjection). Reading and writing issues can be overcome through giving gifted people individual instruction, retraining parts of the brain that do not make the right-on connections needed for academic understanding.
If you are having trouble understanding, pronouncing, or writing in subjects being studied in classes, I can work with you to find out what is confusing or frustrating you. We will start simply and build our team skills together to bridge what you know and what you need to know to succeed in the subjects, based on your school's grade-level expectations.
My strongest subjects are English, Reading, Writing, Social Studies, History, and Science. I like Math and I can usually explain it well, but it is not my strength. I love art and music, but I am not an artist or musician who has been formally schooled. I use my creativity in music and art by sight singing in a choir, recording on karaoke, or developing scrapbooks of my writings or lifelong friendships. I was a drummer in middle school (three years), but I was never interested in learning to read music. I was taught the art of drumming by using math principles when counting drum rolls, etc. Luckily, I have "an ear for music."
I am a creative and original thinker because of all the teachers who encouraged me to pursue my natural talents once I had mastered basic class subjects. I welcome the opportunity to help you become a successful student so that you can participate in extracurricular activities of your choice while you build basic life skills that will enable you to be successful in your future careers.
I minored in Spanish in college, and I have substituted for a whole day in a third grade Hispanic bilingual (1/2 day English, the other half, Spanish) class in the Clear Creek ISD. I would like to help increase your fluency in English so that you will be more inclined to attend college or a special trade school instead of dropping out or losing direction during your middle school years. I will work with you on literacy topics or other subjects with which you are having concerns. Bring books, magazines, or newspapers, and we will work in tandem to understand them literally and figuratively. I also have some materials which I can share with you, once we have mastered your prioritized ESL needs. I wish you to grow in your understanding of English so that you will be successful in school and in life.
As an English major and scrapbooking aficionado, I have employed the craft of cursive handwriting and lettering in many of my artistic exploits. In the last year, I have helped two students, a fourth-grader and a fifth-grader, learn the old-fashioned method of cursive handwriting. Of course, left-hand writers may deploy a different slant to their cursive handwriting, and I am happy to work with them, too. I oversee each person's technique, then we discuss and address any hard-to-read letters, on a client-by-client basis.
I ordered phonics materials during my 10-year-stint as a Children's Librarian in a public library. I served many home schoolers and their parents/caregivers directly. I welcome the opportunity to work with your child on a one-to-one basis, giving her/him the quality attention they will need to succeed as independent readers. Word families are also important to fluent readers. If your child has any materials with which they are having difficulty, they can bring them to a mutually-agreed-upon library (like Freeman Library in Clear Lake), and I will work with them to improve their fluency and understanding.
I took the Praxis EC-Grade 4 subject content and pedagogy tests in 2010 or so in order to qualify for the College of the Mainland's Galveston County Alternative Certification requirements. After that year, the Praxis was extended to EC-Grade 6. I never secured a full-time job in the Galveston County School District (Hurricane Ike hurt their schools significantly during this threshold-of-time). Instead, I read about Wyzant online, submitting my qualifications to tutor as a contractor. In the interim, I substituted daily for two full semesters at 18 Clear Creek ISD elementary schools, daily selecting from different job options available in the AESOP system (Grades 1 through Grade 5). After this, I worked at a private/parochial school as a substitute teacher in Spanish, Music, and Science grouped-classes or in individual classrooms, as needed, from Grades 1-5. I also have a Master's degree in Library Science and a B.A. in English, with a Spanish minor.
Recently, I proofed, assessed, and qualified the "best" essays and poems for NCTE's (National Council of Teachers of English) annual 2014 contest for eleventh grade students in the U.S. Also, I am an established poet and book review writer on the Writer's Network website. I have edited 5,282 other writings on this site since 2012. My own creations have been viewed almost 2,335 times. Since mid-2010, I have edited essays and speeches for Grades 4 through adult in the process of helping my various-aged WyzAnt customers.
I am an experienced public speaker who has presented story times in public libraries, introduced speakers and programmers to groups of families and their children, participated in Toastmasters meetings, and shared an original poem or two with upper elementary students. I am a good listener who can help you mature in your speaking ability when making small- or large- group presentations. You prepare the speech, deliver it, and I provide constructive feedback. Together, we will work to fine-tune your presentation so that you will be "putting your best foot, or feet, forward."
If you are younger, say elementary age, I will work with you to increase your confidence in speaking before your classmates, or in front of your teacher, or in the assembly room when you are introducing others.
I am a member of NCTE (the National Council of Teachers of English) as well as the IRA (the International Reading Association). As of January 2015, the IRA has been renamed to the ILA (The International Literacy Association). I keep apprised of current techniques and strategies in reading and comprehension. I work with all ages of readers to help them achieve their personal and academic goals (from pre-K through adults). I share reading strategies with different types of learners on a one-to-one basis, including making each person aware of internet sites which can help them locate information which appeals to their individual interests. I have been trained to interface well with all types of learners.
Titles I have ready to discuss with middle, high-school, and college students include: Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave Written by Himself, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, most of Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (notes containing information about this prequel to Jane Eyre), Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Sylvia Plath's Blackberrying Poem paraphrased, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Animal Farm by George Orwell, Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Chosen by Chaim Potok, Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (Logo-therapist), Blood on the River, James Town 1607 by Elisa Carbone, significant portions of Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma by Camilla Townsend (a true historical account), rereading of Othello, Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, studying Virgil's Aeneid with an outstanding Accelerated Reading student, sharing readings and interpretations of Roman and Greek gods' interference with human affairs, paraphrasing and discussing Shakespeare's MacBeth with an English IV student, reading Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin, ages 9-12, dealing with a high-functioning autistic girl's point-of-view, ALA Notable Books for Children Winner 2015/School Library Journal's Best Book 2014, and Booklist Editor's Choice for 2014.
I teach Spanish to PreK through high school learners at area public libraries close to where I live using materials purchased over my lifetime from bookstores and libraries. I don't have math materials in Spanish like a school teacher would receive in their classes. I only meet clients in public libraries, not in their homes. I have return customers, and I prearrange days and times to meet in certain Southeast Houston area public libraries after school is out on a daily basis as well as on Saturdays. When the public libraries are closed for whatever reason, I take a day off.
Presently, I help the Spanish-Language-Learner who speaks English best. I help them pass the difficult Spanish-speaking classes they take in middle and high school when they have not been schooled in Spanish from the first grade. I also teach Spanish along with English in a conversational manner to K-grade 6 or so children that I tutor if the parent wishes me to do so. I teach pronunciation of Spanish words, vocabulary, and verb conjugations; and I share recorded materials in which I sing Spanish songs like those of Jose Luis Orozco (or read sample academic material or poetry for older learners to help them listen to Spanish better and become fluent by repeating what I have said or sung).
I am basically a Caucasian who taught myself Spanish in classrooms in which the teachers from high school through college-level didn't demand fluent speaking in class. I have always loved the Spanish Language, and I want other Anglo-Americans to appreciate its Romantic Language flair. For instance, I read Cervantes' Don Quijote in Spanish in a Spanish Literature class. I can read the material and figure it out 'in context' in Spanish, especially academic writings, I can pronounce the words well, and I can understand many Spanish speakers who need my assistance (former librarian), and answer library-related questions. While I was very fluent in college, I lost my fluency when I didn't use the language on a daily basis. However, I still love to work with motivated Spanish learners to develop the confidence needed to master the language in high school, college, and adult life.
I have substituted in Clear Creek ISD (18 elementary schools)for an entire fall and spring session, checking each substituting opportunity daily and working in a different elementary and/or grade level daily, based upon need. I have substituted in Pre-K, Kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grades. I have worked in Special Ed classrooms, Life Skills classes, even mainstreaming an individual student in a regular classroom situation or helping two or three students at-a-time in a mainstreamed classroom, as well as substituting in a classroom with students of mixed abilities many times.
I believe every child can learn and I can help a person learn better. Let me know your child's strengths and weaknesses and I will help them comprehend better. I truly believe, for instance, that keeping a child on-task during summer, winter, and spring breaks is very important for short-term and long-term memory potential and personal knowledge growth.
When I tutor adults, young adults, and children, I quietly correct their speech issues, especially with ESL/ELL and special needs learners. Some people realize that their conversational speaking troubles result from habitual repetition of words they never realized were mispronunciations (cultural mores are included). They wish to succeed in school and business and they do not mind my patient attempts to help them secure their personal, business, and academic goals. (I have corrected some of my own mispronounced words by helping others who are not afraid to return the favor in a thoughtful manner).
I have assisted five different-aged students with specific Texas-related STAAR testing needs since 2012: A 3rd-4th grader with reading needs and a little ADHD; a 7th grader with ELA (English Language Arts) writing needs who spells phonetically and has some dyslexic issues; two 9th-10th graders who requested help with STAAR and SAT writing, in general; and two 10th-11th graders, one of whom needed writing tips, the other, who failed to pass STAAR in the 9th grade and 11th grade, possibly due to dyslexia and other special needs when taking tests, such as being distracted by noise in room, etc.
I have worked one-to-one with other students who asked for help with AP (Accelerated Program) reading and writing, ELA queries, Pre-AP/ SAT/PSAT/ACT reading and writing concerns, and one person concerned with writing a group of 6-8 GED essays in order to attend a community college. I have always helped different types of learners who express a need to motivate themselves better. I carefully observe their interpretations of what is read or written, finding other ways to reach them so that they can proceed on their own as independent readers and writers. Most assuredly, the STAAR essay format of a single page seems to cause concern with all types of students, whether they are advanced, middle-of-the-road, or dealing with issues like dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, mild autism, or sight/hearing/handwriting deficits.
I have life-long experience in helping people around me focus on their best ways of learning. As an accredited public librarian, I qualified each person's individual needs and wants while finding the best materials to help them study, write, or speak effectively. I performed reference queries for children, tweens, teens, college students, and adults using reference materials, subject-interest books, and the Internet. As a substitute teacher (NCLB's No Child Left Behind Highly-Qualified-to-Teach program for Galveston County), I followed the teachers'-of-record procedures in their classrooms (PreK through Grade 5), while suggesting other ways for the students to achieve their individual and team goals. "The new Every Student Succeeds Act will take full effect during the 2017-18 school year. During 2016-17, schools will transition between rules under No Child Left Behind and the ESSA." Presently, as a tutor, I find better ways to reach different populations of students and adults. I show them how to organize themselves based upon their own habits or proclivities, scaffolding what they already know, using concrete steps to enable them to achieve their individual and learning goals.
TEAS, the Test of Essential Academic Skills, offered by Assessment Technologies Institute, serves as an admission tool for post-secondary education programs like the Clinical Technical Studies courses for Nursing Programs. I have taken the Accuplacer Test as part of College of the Mainland coursework in 2007, and I made a superior score on English, Reading, & Writing using an in-house, computer-based test. I have been tutoring all ages of High School AP students in the subjects of reading, spelling, English, and writing. My reference materials include higher-level reading vocabulary and English basics. I worked 8a-5p for ten International Physicians at the Texas Medical Center's Baylor College of Medicine Neurosensory Center using a dictaphone and an IBM Selectric typewriter, learning medical terminology "on-the-fly".
I have published creative poems and essays (different subjects and age levels) featured on the online NCTE/National Council of Teachers of English/National Gallery of Writing site (a 21st Century temporary writers' venue which closed down on 9/30/2013). I have published the same six multi-disciplinary lessons on Hotchalk's Lesson Plans Page site, which is an active website. I am a featured WyzAnt tutor on the K12 Academics website, for which I have also written a Rebus lesson plan. Recently, in September 2012, I joined an online Poetry and Writing Community sharing my older/newer poems and free verse as well as reviewing the original creations of others. In Spring 2014, I read and recognized twenty high school juniors' "best" ten-page assorted essays and poems (a total of 100 different entries), ranking the writings from average to excellent. I am an associate member of Academy of American Poets, promoting exciting programs such as National Poetry Month and the Poetry Audio Archive.