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It is amazing to me that my passion for teaching has not changed in 33 years. My education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and a Masters Degree in Reading/Language Arts. My passion for teaching reading and writing has given me numerous ideas, approaches and blueprints to ensure success for grades 3-8. When I can pass on the joy and ability to communicate through writing, it gives my students great power and confidence they can carry with them throughout their lives. I truly believe that I can make a difference in a child's life. By listening, sharing interests and experiences, and using my abundance of strategies and techniques, I will help each child succeed and develop tools they can use as they continue their education.

Marcy’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Michigan State University - Bachelors, Elementary Education & Special Education

Graduate Degree: Oakland University - Masters, Reading


I love nature and spending time outdoors hiking, swimming, and kayaking. I also love sports. I watch pro and college football and basketball and love to talk about the games and standings.

Tutoring Subjects

College English

Comparative Literature

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math


English Grammar and Syntax

High School English





Special Education


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that all children want to feel lovable and capable. It is my job to find their strengths and acknowledge them, while teaching new skills and strategies for success.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would try many different modalities, such as visual cues, auditory games and graphic organizers.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I like to develop a rapport based on humor, common interests, and sincere praise.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would use technology, graphic organizers, pictures, auditory materials, and real life experiences.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I find parts or pieces of knowledge and skill they already possess and build on those.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I use my background in special education to assess the needs, and then I work with that profile. If a student is very active we can take walking breaks or learn standing up.