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Maria R.

Multidisciplinary Educator, specializing in ADHD, and special needs

Multidisciplinary Educator, specializing in ADHD, and special needs

$65/hour

  • 9,187 hours tutoring

About Maria


Bio

I am a 26 year veteran teacher who has worked extensively in the core subjects with children who have difficulty learning and are considered at risk. My experience and degrees are in the areas of Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Autism, and Reading. I have extensive expertise in the areas of reading, math, the process of learning, and the development of language acquisition. Since I grew up in a mathematical household (my father being one of the top 10 engineers in the country) I have developed...

I am a 26 year veteran teacher who has worked extensively in the core subjects with children who have difficulty learning and are considered at risk. My experience and degrees are in the areas of Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Autism, and Reading. I have extensive expertise in the areas of reading, math, the process of learning, and the development of language acquisition. Since I grew up in a mathematical household (my father being one of the top 10 engineers in the country) I have developed the ability to explain simple and complex math concepts to my students. This has allowed me to work with students from Kindergarten through high school. Most recently I went to college with one of my student helping them through college Algebra.

I believe that all children are capable of learning if given the opportunity and the correct method of instruction. I use a hands on approach to assist children in making learning come alive and relevant to them. For this reason, I utilize the students strengths, and learning styles to assist them in overcoming their difficulty with a subject and become successful in the classroom.

I hold Master Reading, Special Education, and ESL certifications from Texas in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. In addition, I hold an elementary, and reading specialist certification from Michigan. Additionally, I am versed in special education law, as a result I will attend 504 and ARD meeting as an advocate for my student to ensure that the school provides the best learning environment for them.


Education

Central MI University
Special ED-Autism and Reading
University of Iowa
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $65
  • Rate details: Gas prices being what they are, my rate may be adjusted for longer commutes. Those who prefer me to develop homework will be assessed an additional fee.
  • Lesson cancellation: 3 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 4/6/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have a current Texas certification in ESL preK through 12th grade. In addition to teaching ESL children both in Texas and in the Netherlands. I have worked as a district ESL coordinator which I wrote board policy regarding the operation of the ESL program for Blue Ridge ISD, TX.
Grammar

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked with elementary children for 21 of my 25 years in public education. I hold an elementary certification from the state of Michigan, a Master Reading, special ed and ESL certification in the state of TX.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

As an elementary teacher, who has worked successfully with those students who have difficulty understanding mathematical concepts. I utilize a hands on approach to explain Math which can be a very abstract concepts. I have the ability to prepare my students for the state assessment and have a 95% success rate upon the first assessment.
Phonics,

Phonics

Since I have a Master Reading teacher endorsement on my certification I have studied extensively how to teach reading.
Reading,

Reading

I received a Master Reading teacher certification through the state of Texas in 2001. Since that time I have assisted many students in the development of the process of reading, including those with Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities and autism. I realize that there is no one method that is effective for every child, and therefore I present the material utilizing a student's learning style to become efficient readers.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a teacher of students who have difficulty learning, I have shown them more effective ways to be productive learners. This involves everything from how to use an agenda, time management, organizing their study area, effective communication techniques to understand what the teacher really wants, how to approach the subjects necessary to study that evening. I also, teach my students to recognize their learning style to they can become more efficient and effective learners.
Grammar

English

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have a current Texas certification in ESL preK through 12th grade. In addition to teaching ESL children both in Texas and in the Netherlands. I have worked as a district ESL coordinator which I wrote board policy regarding the operation of the ESL program for Blue Ridge ISD, TX.
Reading,

Reading

I received a Master Reading teacher certification through the state of Texas in 2001. Since that time I have assisted many students in the development of the process of reading, including those with Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities and autism. I realize that there is no one method that is effective for every child, and therefore I present the material utilizing a student's learning style to become efficient readers.
English, Grammar

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked with elementary children for 21 of my 25 years in public education. I hold an elementary certification from the state of Michigan, a Master Reading, special ed and ESL certification in the state of TX.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have a current Texas certification in ESL preK through 12th grade. In addition to teaching ESL children both in Texas and in the Netherlands. I have worked as a district ESL coordinator which I wrote board policy regarding the operation of the ESL program for Blue Ridge ISD, TX.
Geometry,

Geometry

Throughout various times in my career I have taught high school Geometry and Algebra to those who were struggling in these subjects.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have taught math up to the algebra II level. My students have developed a practical understanding of algebraic concepts.
Reading,

Reading

I received a Master Reading teacher certification through the state of Texas in 2001. Since that time I have assisted many students in the development of the process of reading, including those with Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities and autism. I realize that there is no one method that is effective for every child, and therefore I present the material utilizing a student's learning style to become efficient readers.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a teacher of students who have difficulty learning, I have shown them more effective ways to be productive learners. This involves everything from how to use an agenda, time management, organizing their study area, effective communication techniques to understand what the teacher really wants, how to approach the subjects necessary to study that evening. I also, teach my students to recognize their learning style to they can become more efficient and effective learners.
Algebra 1, English

Language

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I have a current Texas certification in ESL preK through 12th grade. In addition to teaching ESL children both in Texas and in the Netherlands. I have worked as a district ESL coordinator which I wrote board policy regarding the operation of the ESL program for Blue Ridge ISD, TX.

Math

Geometry,

Geometry

Throughout various times in my career I have taught high school Geometry and Algebra to those who were struggling in these subjects.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have taught math up to the algebra II level. My students have developed a practical understanding of algebraic concepts.
Algebra 1

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Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked with elementary children for 21 of my 25 years in public education. I hold an elementary certification from the state of Michigan, a Master Reading, special ed and ESL certification in the state of TX.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have a current Texas certification in ESL preK through 12th grade. In addition to teaching ESL children both in Texas and in the Netherlands. I have worked as a district ESL coordinator which I wrote board policy regarding the operation of the ESL program for Blue Ridge ISD, TX.
Geometry,

Geometry

Throughout various times in my career I have taught high school Geometry and Algebra to those who were struggling in these subjects.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have taught math up to the algebra II level. My students have developed a practical understanding of algebraic concepts.
Reading,

Reading

I received a Master Reading teacher certification through the state of Texas in 2001. Since that time I have assisted many students in the development of the process of reading, including those with Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities and autism. I realize that there is no one method that is effective for every child, and therefore I present the material utilizing a student's learning style to become efficient readers.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a teacher of students who have difficulty learning, I have shown them more effective ways to be productive learners. This involves everything from how to use an agenda, time management, organizing their study area, effective communication techniques to understand what the teacher really wants, how to approach the subjects necessary to study that evening. I also, teach my students to recognize their learning style to they can become more efficient and effective learners.
Algebra 1, English

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have a current Texas certification in ESL preK through 12th grade. In addition to teaching ESL children both in Texas and in the Netherlands. I have worked as a district ESL coordinator which I wrote board policy regarding the operation of the ESL program for Blue Ridge ISD, TX.
Study Skills

Study Skills

As a teacher of students who have difficulty learning, I have shown them more effective ways to be productive learners. This involves everything from how to use an agenda, time management, organizing their study area, effective communication techniques to understand what the teacher really wants, how to approach the subjects necessary to study that evening. I also, teach my students to recognize their learning style to they can become more efficient and effective learners.

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

As a special education teacher I have consistently worked with ADD/ADHD children. In addition to working with them I have was awarded a grant from Sherman Foundation for materials to assist ADD/ADHD children. I have also written a published article to assist parents with ADD/ADHD children with study skills.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

I have my BA in emotionally Impaired as part of my BA it was required for us to several behavorial techniques to assist children with autism, to improve their communication, behavioral and academic skills. Since then I have had training in TEACCH, Social Stories, and SERCTS, Positive Behavior Support. This training has allowed me to be an effective teacher with children who have autism, sensory difficulties as well as behavior concerns.
Dyslexia,

Dyslexia

Throughout my 26 year career I have worked with students who have dyslexia and have used a multidisciplinary approach, which has been very successful. Additionally, I have a Master's in Learning Disabilities in which Dyslexia is considered a subcategory.
Phonics,

Phonics

Since I have a Master Reading teacher endorsement on my certification I have studied extensively how to teach reading.
Special Needs,

Special Needs

Over the 25 years of teaching I have worked with special needs children from grades K-12. Several of my classroom were in alternative setting in which half of my students were classified as special education. I am certified to teach special education in three states: Iowa, Texas and Michigan.
Study Skills

Study Skills

As a teacher of students who have difficulty learning, I have shown them more effective ways to be productive learners. This involves everything from how to use an agenda, time management, organizing their study area, effective communication techniques to understand what the teacher really wants, how to approach the subjects necessary to study that evening. I also, teach my students to recognize their learning style to they can become more efficient and effective learners.

Sports/Recreation

Sewing

Sewing

I have been a seamstress since I learned to sew in high school. I have made several of my clothes and for those in my family. I have successfully made a tailored wool jacket. I also incorporate several specialty hand stitching into my garments so they have a professional look to them.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked with elementary children for 21 of my 25 years in public education. I hold an elementary certification from the state of Michigan, a Master Reading, special ed and ESL certification in the state of TX.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have a current Texas certification in ESL preK through 12th grade. In addition to teaching ESL children both in Texas and in the Netherlands. I have worked as a district ESL coordinator which I wrote board policy regarding the operation of the ESL program for Blue Ridge ISD, TX.
Geometry,

Geometry

Throughout various times in my career I have taught high school Geometry and Algebra to those who were struggling in these subjects.
Reading,

Reading

I received a Master Reading teacher certification through the state of Texas in 2001. Since that time I have assisted many students in the development of the process of reading, including those with Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities and autism. I realize that there is no one method that is effective for every child, and therefore I present the material utilizing a student's learning style to become efficient readers.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

As a teacher of students who have difficulty learning, I have shown them more effective ways to be productive learners. This involves everything from how to use an agenda, time management, organizing their study area, effective communication techniques to understand what the teacher really wants, how to approach the subjects necessary to study that evening. I also, teach my students to recognize their learning style to they can become more efficient and effective learners.
Algebra 1

Test Preparation

STAAR,

STAAR

I have 26 years teaching experience. In that time I have worked in the public school setting; most recently in the state of Texas. I have given the TAKS and the STAAR. In additionally, since tutoring on Wyzant's platform, my students success rate with passing all portions of the STAAR is 95-98%. The only students who didn't pass (usually by 1 or 2 questions) are those who have been certified with LD and receiving their instruction in the Resource classroom (this indicates they are 2 to 3 years below grade level).
TAKS

Examples of Expertise


Maria has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 3 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.9 (1,031 ratings)
5 star
(998)
4 star
(25)
3 star
(1)
2 star
(2)
1 star
(5)

Reviews


Patient and Productive.

Maria is helping my son, who is in 8th grade, improve his learning skills. I see a huge change in his grades and desire to grow academically.

Toyosi, 30 lessons with Maria

Maria knows how to connect with students

Our son has ADHD and has been struggling over the last year. Maria has figured out how to help him focus during class time as well as help him understand the various subjects. We've spent months trying to help him but Maria managed to get him more organized and help him to understand the strategies that work for him. She's very good and you will see results.

Joe, 27 lessons with Maria

Patient and Productive.

Maria is helping my son, who is in 8th grade, improve his learning skills. He has a new thirst for learning after just two classes. I see a huge change in his deice and desire to grow academically.

Toyosi, 30 lessons with Maria

Patient and Productive.

Maria is helping my son, who is in 8th grade, improve his learning skills. He has a new thirst for learning after just two classes. I see a huge change in his deice and desire to grow academically.

Toyosi, 30 lessons with Maria

She is excellent!

My daughter is loving her! She has ADHD and struggles in other places as well. Mrs. Maria makes her comfortable, keeps it fun, and still keeps her on task and learning!

Shandalyn , 23 lessons with Maria

Very good experience

Maria has greatly helped us with our dyslexic student. He likes working with her and has greatly improved in a short time. She has also helped us get what we need from the school, which has been a big struggle in the past.

Clare, 47 lessons with Maria

Patient and diligent

Maria is very patient and keeps my daughter on track and organized. She does a great job and works with homework and other work lessons to prepare for success in classroom

Traci, 48 lessons with Maria

Extremely knowledgeable

She has pointed out a possible vision problem that my child may have. I have scheduled an appointment with an optometrist. So very lucky to have found her.

Melissa, 27 lessons with Maria

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Maria is working with our 2nd grader to improve reading skills. We have seen improvement after only 2 lessons and can't wait to see how it progresses.

Kim, 149 lessons with Maria
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$65/hour

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