Mary D.


Mary D.

Tutor

Smyrna, TN 37167

Will travel 20 miles

$55 per hour.

4.94 96 ratings

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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 co... [more]


American History


Vocabulary


Grammar


Reading


Writing


English


Proofreading


GED


ACT English


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.


Elementary Science


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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.


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.