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University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Religious Studies

Education

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (Religious Studies)

About Mary

I am a teacher local to Charlottesville, for nearly all my life. My philosophy of tutoring is to offer clarity and a meaningful dialog with you, for the fullest possible understanding of whatever concepts are involved in your area of study. It is my goal for you to “own” the knowledge, study skills and capabilities you will need in order to feel confident and to pursue what you actually enjoy doing, in your own field of interest.

I have engaged with students of all ages, with very positive outcomes, especially in the areas of: public speaking, theater and film; religion, language arts; American history; and general study skills.

For speakers of other languages than English (ESL/ESOL), I offer the capacity to engage in practice conversation -- over a wide range of subjects of topical interest -- for those who are interested in all aspects of speaking in public: including voice modulation, diction, and voice projection.

Above all, I believe very strongly in the power of positive thinking -- nothing ventured, nothing gained!

I look forward to hearing from you.
I am a teacher local to Charlottesville, for nearly all my life. My philosophy of tutoring is to offer clarity and a meaningful dialog with you, for the fullest possible understanding of whatever concepts are involved in your area of study. It is my goal for you to “own” the knowledge, study skills and capabilities you will need in order to feel Read more

Policies

There may be circumstances that would allow for some flexibility in the hourly rate; and there is a discount for multiple-hour lessons. Thanks.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Scottsville, VA 24590
Science:
ACT Science, Pharmacology,
Philosophy,
Physical Science, Psychology,
Sociology
Art:
Film,
Theatre
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, ACT Science, GRE, LSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Spanish, Speech,
TOEFL
History:
American History,
Geography, Government & Politics,
Religion,
Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Law, Public Speaking
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.

ACT English

I edited the column, Over My Shoulder, by Cecile W. Clover; 'Pages from the Virginia Story,' by George Bowles; and worked on 'Beloved Gravely,' by Christian Gehman, which won the Maxwell Perkins Prize for Literature. I also edited The King's Garden, by Marguerite Duval, 'The story of the early French plant hunters who dominated the field of botanical exploration at least until Cook's first voyage to the Pacific, and the establishment of Kew Gardens,' for the University Press of Virginia.

American History

In preparing to write my play, Sally Hemings' Story; and Lewis & Clark (co-written with John Gibson, Miki Liszt and others and produced by Live Arts in 1998), I carefully researched aspects of the late 18th- and early 19-century in Virginia and in America. I am currently working on a biography of Martha Jefferson Randolph.

Bible Studies

I have a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia.

English

I have published feature articles, and theater reviews for several print publications, and online news outlets.

ESL/ESOL

I produce a program of International music and information at the radio station licensed by the University of Virginia (91.1 WTJU-FM/wtju.net); and in this capacity I took part in the Global Knowledge Project, sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank Group, representing Listener-supported Community Radio.

As part of this exercise, I participated in list serv discussions relating to the use of electronic communication in the teaching of language, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.

Film

I studied Drama, and Cinema as an Art Form, at the University of Virginia and at La Salle University.

Government & Politics

I did coursework in the American Constitutional System and other relevant subjects, while at the University of Virginia; and also worked as a proofreader for publishers of state and city codes, where I edited several legal manuscripts and other publications.

Grammar

I was employed for several years as a copywriter for Michie/Bobbs-Merrill Publishers.

Pharmacology

I completed course requirements in Pharmacology at the University of Virginia, and at Piedmont Virginia Community College.

Philosophy

I studied Philosophy at the University of Virginia -- Logic, Ethics, Plato, Empiricism, and Existentialism

Proofreading

I took a test to qualify for a job as a Proofreader, and then moved to the Editoria division, as a Manuscript Editor, for company that is now Lexis/Nexis, until I returned full-time to school.

Psychology

I worked for Region Ten Community Services Board for 12 years, most recently as a Clinician in Adult Outpatient Services.

Public Speaking

My experience in Public Speaking began at SHM Academy in High School, as I competed in National Forensic League tournaments throughout Long Island, New York.

I studied Drama with Prof. Dan Rodden, at La Salle University in Philadelphia for two semesters.

I studied the classic Greek orators - Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates, as well as the essential elements for the Roman orator, Cicero he believed was present in persuasive speech: the invention and gathering of the material; the disposition or arrangement of that material, the elocution – how the language is best used to express a concept; memory and the capacity for full recall; and action - how the piece is delivered, in ‘real time.’

My parents also arranged for elocution lessons for two full years; and I was fortunate to have had a number of roles in theatrical productions beginning at age 11 and continuing.

I studied aesthetics and form in rhetoric; and the social impact of rhetoric and communication on public policy, with Prof. John Graham, particularly in British Public Address in the 18-Century. I studied both Drama and Public Speaking with Prof. Elizabeth Merkel, also at the University of
Virginia,

I studied Drama with Prof. Dan Redden, at La Salle University in Philadelphia.

My acting experience includes: Cherry Hill High School, Annie Get Your Gun (Dolly); La Salle University, Bye-Bye Birdie (Mae Peterson); La Salle University, Gideon (Haglah); WHYY-TV in Philadelphia, Points of Law (Anne Meadows); The Four County Players, Tom Jones (Lady Bellaston); The Four County Players, The Mousetrap (Mrs. Boyle); The Four County Players, Annie Get Your Gun (Sylvia Potter-Porter); The Four County Players, My Fair Lady (Mrs. Eyensford-Hill); The Four County Players, The Constant Wife (Martha Culver); The South Street Inn, Murder She Wrote (Evelyn Pierce); The Horseshoe Bend Players, Arsenic & Old Lace (Abby Brewster); The Butler Did It (Miss Marple); Live Arts, Marvin’s Room (Dr. Charlotte); Live Arts, Sally Hemings’ Story (the Author); Live Arts, Lewis & Clark (Thomas Jefferson); Live Arts, The Country Wife (Lady Squeamish); Live Arts, Talking Heads (Muriel Carpenter); Harvey (Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet); Live Arts, The Book of Liz (Elizabeth Donderstock); Live Arts, Fuzz (Martha Ellen Robinson).

I have studied aesthetics and form in rhetoric and communication, and its effect on public policy, with Prof. John Graham, particularly in British Public Address in the 18-Century.

I studied both Drama 101 and Public Speaking with Prof. Elizabeth Merkel, also at the University of Virginia.

I presently host a program of International music and information for a local public radio station.

Reading

At present, I am tutoring children in grades K-8 in Reading, using best practices and a research-based reading curriculum, that addresses the needs of students who may be under-performing or falling behind for some reason.

This systematic approach includes: comprehension and vocabulary, as well as phonics instruction and the development of fluency.

Lessons are presented in a sequence and skills instruction is delivered interactively, and vary as to the length, topic, focus, genre and style, in an all-inclusive format.

This method has been shown to be very successful in keeping students engaged in the learning process.

Religion

I am most familiar with the practice of Buddhist Studies; and with Christianity in general, and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), in particular. I majored in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, where I received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), in 1985.

Social Studies

I have taken coursework at the University of Virginia in sociology, religious studies, and psychology; and at Piedmont Virginia Community College in economics and abnormal psychology.

Sociology

I studied Sociology at the University of Virginia with Prof. Robert Bierstedt (a student of the Russian-American Sociologist Pitirim Sorokin, a contributor to the social cycle theory).

Speech

I studied Public Speaking in high school and at the University of Virginia; and have completed in National Forensic Tournaments.

Spelling

I was employed as a proofreader by the University of Virginia Press; and by Maiden Lane Press, publisher's of Holsinger's Charlottesville and other books of local and regional interest.

Study Skills

I was fortunate to have taught at the Curry School of Education's Summer Enrichment Program, where students aged 9-11 were engaged in a three-week project involving time management skills; researching and fact-checking a subject; interviewing an expert; knowledge of the basic principles of polling for public opinion; composing an essay; writing Public Service Announcements; and closely integrating a narrative with a music bed for on-air broadcast, as The Children's Radio Workshops.

Swimming

I satisfied the requirements of Senior Lifesaving and Water Safety Instructor at the American Red Cross.

I have been employed as a Lifeguard by the Girl Scouts of America, the City of Plainfield, NJ, and Camp Sugar Hollow.

I have had experience giving lessons to adults at most levels; and children, aged 8 and older: especially as beginners and advanced-beginners.

Theatre

I've been involved with theatrical productions in Central Virginia as a producer, director, and actor. I've also had quite a bit of experience in the technical aspects of production -- in sound design, set design, costumes, lighting, properties and publicity; and have been involved with film making, as a Production Assistant on feature films and commercials; and as an actor.

Vocabulary

As I worked part-time trying to put myself through school, I was able to pass a test at the Employment Commission to get a job as a Proofreader; and before too long, I worked my way up to be a Manuscript Editor -- in a company that was owned by AT&T. I was there for five years, altogether. I also edited the company's newsletter and designed and wrote copy for ads in national and international publications.

Writing

I am a professional journalist.

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Religious Studies

Education

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (Religious Studies)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

There may be circumstances that would allow for some flexibility in the hourly rate; and there is a discount for multiple-hour lessons. Thanks.

Travel policy

Mary will travel within 30 miles of Scottsville, VA 24590.