Mary Wharton Schroeder, certified teacher and a college entrance exam tutor, has served over 25 years in education. She has been a classroom teacher, a private tutor, and has volunteered her talents in high school college planning offices. Along with her professional experience she combines a thorough knowledge of the SAT and ACT. Mary shares this throughout the school year and in the summer with her students. She maintains a private practice for the Critical Reading and Written portions of the SAT as well as the Reading and English portions of the ACT.
A native of Tampa, she led the educational committee that established the learning curriculum for the children at Metropolitan Ministries. Mrs. Schroeder also taught illiterate adults to read through the Laubach Literacy Association during her active years with the Junior League of Tampa and was featured as an exceptional volunteer by Tampa NBC-TV-affiliate WFLA. While teaching in the DeKalb County School System in Atlanta, Georgia, she was featured as an outstanding teacher in a Redbook magazine article entitled "Are There Any Good Teachers Left?"
Mrs. Schroeder is a graduate of Florida State University with majors in Education and English. She has worked on her Master of Educational Leadership at Oglethorpe University and the University of South Florida. She is staying current on the changes in university and college admissions policies through frequent travel to campuses.
"As students reach the end of their high school years, I prepare many to master their college/university entrance exams. I have traveled to colleges and universities in order to remain current on trends, changes, and expectations on campuses and in their admission offices.
I consider each of my students and their needs individually. As a concerned, dedicated parent of two, I have personally dealt with the complexity of today's competitive admissions process. For each student with whom I work, I want to help the student meet with success on a personal and academic level and to ease his way through the process of furthering his education."
Lastly, in choosing your Reading/Writing SAT and/or ACT tutor, be certain to ask him or her the following:
QUESTION (to ask the tutor): Have you ever prepared students for the Reading and Writing portions of the SAT and /or the ACT? If so, then for how long?
UNACCEPTABLE answer(s): "No" and "No, but I have taught high school English" and "No, but I have been a college English professor."
WHY ARE THESE UNACCEPTABLE?
The SAT and ACT tests are not testing for the same objectives as those taught in high school and college classes.
EXPERIENCE COUNTS and is crucial for a tutor to have for your child to succeed.
I have worked solely in this expertise for 20+ years. I know what you child needs to know and how to teach it. Don't let me forget to say, "I love what I do and care very much about your child's success."
- Mary W. Schroeder
Mary is actively involved in her community, as mentioned in a Tampa Bay Times
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