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Mary P.

Georgetown, TX


Teacher of thirty years makes learning fun!

Background check passed as of 12/9/15
4.9 average from 261 ratings
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— Vivian, Round Rock, TX on 2/13/15

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University of Texas Austin
Elementary Education
Texas A & M Kingsville
Asbury Theological Seminary


University of Texas Austin (Elementary Education)

Texas A & M Kingsville (Master's)

Asbury Theological Seminary (Master's)

About Mary

This tutor enjoys teaching reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, geography and history with a variety of methods to keep the student interested and eager to succeed. Students learn vocabulary through concrete experiences. This teacher can help to build student self-esteem by meeting short term goals they learn to set for themselves. This teacher's love of books and reading is contagious. Learning vocabulary and critical reading skills for the SAT and ACT is available, too.
Such professional teaching comes from years of experience with kindergarten to high school level young people in a variety of settings. Travels from coast to coast in the USA and to Israel, Mexico, Canada, and Costa Rica have given this teacher appreciation for cultural differences in students.
This tutor's education includes: a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and English, with a lifetime Texas teacher certification in K-12 and media specialist; a Master of Science in Education Supervision and English; and a Master of Divinity.
This tutor enjoys teaching reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, Read more

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$40 per hour for twice a week or more

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Georgetown, TX 78628
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"Great tutor"

- Vivian, Round Rock, TX on 2/13/15

"Great tutor"

- Arun, Austin, TX on 8/10/16

"Very knowledgeable, aware of different writing styles and most of patient"

- Connie, Clovis, CA on 6/19/16

"Great teacher"

- Anne, Austin, TX on 4/23/16

"Granddaughter's Success"

- Sue, Montgomery, TX on 2/8/16


- Jennifer, Cedar Park, TX on 10/12/15
Mary replied on 10/15/2015

I was disappointed, too, that the students' schedules conflicted with my other commitments scheduled. Also, I thought I was getting two new students per week but the only student scheduled couldn't meet consistently when I was free because of his extracurricular activities. In addition, I found it difficult to know what to prepare ahead of time for each lesson from four possible subjects. I felt I could not realistically do a professional job under these circumstances. I cancelled the two lessons we had scheduled four days ahead of time because I had a new family who consistently wanted tutoring every week on days I could accommodate.

"Resourceful, Kind, Patient, & Sage Tutor"

- Kim, Round Rock, TX on 8/20/15

"Great tutor - conscience about classroom performance and techniques to improve"

- Paul, Austin, TX on 2/8/15

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Anita, Leander, TX on 7/1/14
Music History
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
American History,
European History,
Music History, Religion,
World History
Special Needs:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT English

I have minored in English on two of my three degrees. I wrote many papers for my work on my thesis, my seminary courses over three years, and my study of spiritual direction over another three years. My students have managed to raise their scores on the SAT and ACT writing sections in the past.

American History

I have worked with high school students on study skills for history and English literature. We can develop plans for your student to be self-driven on the other days we do not meet. I have three degrees and have been certified to teach K-12. English and History are my favorite subjects to teach.

Bible Studies

I completed a Master of Divinity that included studies of the Bible such as the book of Mark, new Testament history, New Testament Greek, old Testament theology and the Pentateuch.

Elementary (K-6th)

My BS degree is in Elementary Education with an all level (K-12) lifetime teaching certificate from TEA. I have taught K-6 students reading, spelling, handwriting, creative writing, geography, science, and arithmetic for 13 years of my 30 years' teaching experience.


As a high school librarian, I was tutoring students regularly when they came to the library to study or do research. I have three degrees with an English minor in two of them. I helped research history and literature and biology for research papers. I enjoy working with 10th graders. I have two granddaughters who are 15 and excellent students.


I taught all grade levels at one time or another and have enjoyed some study of Spanish. We can practice conversation in English and study grammar and the differences in Spanish and English grammar, vocabulary, etc. Actually many words in Spanish are very much like some words in English. If you need help in a different language, I can still teach you the basics of English reading, speaking, writing, etc.

European History

I was a high school librarian for 17 years and helped students study and research all subjects. My minor on my BS and my MS degrees was English, so I can be sure you use proper grammar, etc. I enjoyed my college classes on history, so this could be fun for us both.


English was my minor for my bachelor of science and master of science degrees. Four courses I completed with an A and a B were "English 101 and 102: rhetoric and composition." My grammar was especially scrutinized when I wrote my thesis on diagnosing spelling difficulties, and when I wrote all my papers for all 90 hours of study at Asbury Theological Seminary.


I am certified by TEA to teach K-12. I have taught all grade levels in the 30 years of my career. In the elementary classes 3-6 I successfully taught cursive writing. I taught printing to K-3 students.


I was an English minor in college and a school librarian for years


I taught 3rd grade phonics for four years. Then I taught spelling and handwriting to 5th graders using phonics to troubleshoot spelling difficulties. I researched the phonetic development of word sounds from their cognates and wrote and normed a diagnostic test to use with my students (before we began using CTBS tests) who were having difficulties. I believe phonics is the best way to teach reading and spelling.


I wrote a thesis for my master's degree with an English minor. I have three degrees and two of those are English minors. I wrote many, many papers for my three years at Asbury Theological Seminary to get my master of divinity. I enjoy helping students prepare for the ACT and SAT essay writing sections and their reading comprehension.l

Public Speaking

Before I taught for 30 years, I took the Principles of Speech in college, earning 3 hours credit with a B average. At seminary I took a graduate level course called "Servant as Proclaimer," which was a course in preparing speeches and stories and practicing preaching using those stories. We were videotaped and critiqued, not only for content but for our methods of delivery. I have completed "Student Teaching" in college with grade A for speaking and teaching to all different ages and grade levels.


I not only taught spelling and handwriting to 5th graders at one time, I was a school librarian for 17 years.


My Master of Divinity degree included studies in theology, Greek, church history, evangelism, preaching, and Biblical analysis. I have been preaching and teaching and writing Bible studies since 1998. I have been under appointment in the United Methodist Church since 1999.

SAT Reading

I have three degrees, all of which required extensive reading and writing. My minor was English on my BS degree. I was a librarian, reading specialist over half of the 30 years I taught school. I wrote my master's thesis on diagnosing spelling difficulties with a concentration on teaching stories about how troublesome spellings came to be through the history of the words. Such stories helped my students remember correct spelling.

SAT Writing

I have successfully taken the SAT, ACT and GRE (graduate record examination required for master's degree admission). I wrote many, many papers for my graduate degrees. I have three college degrees with an education major and English minor. I have written my own thesis for my master's degree. I would be working with an SAT or ACT preparation guide and concentrate on the errors the students make to prepare them.


I taught spelling and handwriting to fifth graders and wrote my master's thesis on helping students with spelling difficulties.

Study Skills

Throughout my teaching career I have had the responsibility of teaching my students how to take notes, study, and research subjects. As a media specialist, I often had students studying in the library who needed coaching on how and what to study and how to research for a term paper. I have applied study skills to obtain three college degrees. I used my skills most when learning Greek at seminary.


I am a lifetime Thespian. Beginning in Junior High, I have performed in many dramatic and musical productions. Continuing into college, I sang in the opera La Traviata and performed in multiple college choir productions. While teaching at Carrizo Springs High School, I volunteered as drama costume and set producer and assisted the director in multiple productions including The Glass Menagerie, which competed at state, and the musicals Godspell and Fox Tales. I soloed as the director of The Diary of Adam and Eve for our high school UIL competition when the director suddenly quit. Throughout my childhood I attended most of the college productions in Kingsville, TX and have a tradition of attending the Nutcracker with my family every year.


There is a recommended basic vocabulary for every grade level in school. I teach reading comprehension which depends on good vocabulary understandings. I have three degrees and two of them had minors in English/library science. I have taught 30 years with certification to teach K-12. Often I can teach a person a mnemonic or the history of a word, prefix or suffix that will help them remember the meaning of each word.


I studied grammar and writing in college with an A and a B in "English 101 and 102: Rhetoric and Composition." I made an A in "Education 505: Thesis Preparation" and also "Education 506: Thesis" which was the actual writing of my thesis about diagnosing difficulties children have with spelling. My graduate level classes in seminary all required writing papers for each class.

University of Texas Austin
Elementary Education
Texas A & M Kingsville
Asbury Theological Seminary


University of Texas Austin (Elementary Education)

Texas A & M Kingsville (Master's)

Asbury Theological Seminary (Master's)

Great tutor — Mary is preparing my child for the reading and writing portions of the SAT. My son called me after the first lesson to thank me for bringing Mary on board. He said he had a feeling he was going to learn a lot. Mary is a master of her craft and has created an environment conducive to learning. She has been altogether honest, patient and calm. She comes prepared for lessons, uses different media to ...

— Vivian, Round Rock, TX on 2/13/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

$40 per hour for twice a week or more

Travel policy

Mary will travel within 25 miles of Georgetown, TX 78628.