“The only absolutely essential element of an effective school is an effective classroom teacher.” Allington and Cunningham
“To be successful in teaching all children, teachers need to become extremely knowledgeable about effective strategies as well as diagnostic in their approach to instruction.” David Sousa
With over 35 years of practical classroom experience, Mary knows what works with students. Mary provides onsite professional development to help teachers differentiate instruction, increase their effectiveness and ultimately improve student achievement. Following is a description of Mary’s most popular full day professional development seminars. A practical and comprehensive 130+ page handbook accompanies Mary’s seminars. She will also custom fit the content and follow-up sessions according to the requests of the school.
Kimberly Barley2nd Grade Math
Mary is a wealth of knowledge! She knows how to make learning fun! I'm so glad I came to her seminar to be reenergized to teach students math in a fun, engaging way!
Jennifer Seals1st Grade
I absolutely loved the hands on math materials that we made in the class. It was engaging as well as informative. I also LOVED that Mary integrated literacy into math. This was my favorite class so far!
Rebecca Marasco4th grade
I do not believe that I have EVER been this engaged to the very end of a workshop in all my years of teaching! It was fantastic! Mary is great!
Nicole Collins6th Grade Math Teacher
This was a very informational seminar! Mary is kind, knowledgeable and a great presenter. She provided me with wonderful resources and real-life strategies and ideas that I can bring back to class. Wish I could keep her in my pocket!
JoAnne CurleyMath Specialist
This was a wonderful seminar! I feel equipped with strategies and activities that I can use immediately in the classroom. I'm so happy I attended, because now I can move my guided math to the next level!
This was a wonderful workshop with a wealth of information and ideas. I like that we can adjust the ideas/strategies/activities to our own personality or comfort zone. Thank you for extending my love of learning and enthusiasm for teaching!
Leah TaylorMaster Reading Teacher
Mary provided extremely helpful information concerning differentiating reading instruction. She presented ideas that are simple to prepare and incorporate into a structured literacy block. I love the idea of using less worksheets and more graphic organizersand creative projects!
Karen Sanner 2nd Grade Teacher
I tried for years to do centers, but always gave up because I couldn't keep up with correcting the papers. Today after guided reading I looked around my room and every single child was on task! It was just so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR TEACHING ME HOW TO MAKE MY CLASSROOM WHAT I ALWAYS DREAMED IT WOULD BE!".
Larkin Simpson 5th Grade Teacher
I came to your presentation and loved your ideas. I brought them back to my class and I just had to tell you that they loved them ALL. My 5th graders were completely engaged and learning! The games are such a great review for the achievement test. Thank you!
Gail Perrymann3rd Grade Teacher
My third grade team has also been enjoying your website and all the teacher resources I've purchased this year. I've never had resources before that were so teacher friendly and easy to use. You are a true teacher treasure.