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I am a lifelong learner and love helping others enjoy learning. Languages are my passion and I help students succeed by putting lessons in a real-world context. Whenever possible, I use film clips, journal articles, songs and literature, so that my students begin to think in the new language and not simply memorize words in a textbook! I graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelors in International Studies and a minor in French, and I have spent time living in both France and French-speaking Swtizerland. I have over five years of teaching and tutoring experience and have worked with students of all ages, from elementary to adult. I also have extensive experience teaching English to speakers of other languages and enjoy making my own language accessible to those wanting to learn it. I am a patient and enthusiastic instructor and I look forward to sharing my love of French and English.

Mary’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: The University of Tennessee - Bachelors, Global Studies

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 31

ACT English: 34

ACT Math: 30

ACT Reading: 34

SAT Verbal: 780

SAT Writing: 790

GRE Verbal: 167


Reading, gardening, cooking, walking/jogging

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Fit the lesson to meet my student's needs. I'm willing to use textbooks and materials that the student already has and take a systematic approach to tutoring. But beyond that, if the student is willing, I love using supplemental material, such as art and media resources, to expand the student's understanding of the subject and help them to enjoy it more.