My great grandmother worked in a one room schoolhouse in Minnesota, teaching every subject to students tall and small, during all seasons, so I like to say that I inherited my love of teaching from her. Today, the demands on students—standardized testing, competition to get into the best colleges, changes in technology—are very different, but one thing remains the same: students learn best when they have teachers and mentors who know them well and genuinely care about them. I’ve used this philosophy as a high school ELA teacher for the past 14 years. I meet a student where they are academically, developmentally, and emotionally in order to bring them forward on their own path to success.
I am available by appointment 7 days a week to help with homework, distance learning and homeschool help. With many students now learning from home, online tutoring is becoming a necessity, and I’m here to help.
I’m a current and certified teacher
Tenured, Professional Certification Level, ELA grades 7-12.
BA in English, 2004 The Evergreen State College
MA in Education, 2006 Antioch University Seattle
Model Teacher and Peer Collaborative Teacher Coach with the DOE Teacher Leadership Initiative, 2014-present
9/11 Teacher Award recipient for outstanding lessons
See more at marilynbyrd.org
My great love is teaching. I teach english, literature, autobiography, composition, poetry, debate, sociology, and civics. I believe knowing a student well is the key to meeting them where they are, then moving them forward to realize their full potential.
I appreciate Marilyn's organization and attention to detail. I felt really comfortable right away and she was able to help me with my work for all of last year. I'm definitely going to work with her this year too.
Marilyn is attentive and adapts quickly to her students personalities and learning styles. She empowers them to discover in learning, and highlights their strengths. In doing so, they learn how that can succeed, therefore understanding that they CAN succeed. Can not recommend her more highly!
Marilyn has a wonderful approach to teaching and learning. She develops great relationships with students so that there is a shared sense of trust and acceptance. This allows students to relax, have fun, and most importantly think critically about literature and the world around them.
I remember expressing to Marilyn in High School about my concern for society and government... She immediately understood my inquisitive mind and suggested the book “The Giver” by Lois Lowry. This resonated with me… I developed a deeper understanding and passion for history, philosophy, and what I learned to be political science. My education in Marilyn’s class is one of the reasons I’m a social justice advocate today, and why I have passion and determination despite my disadvantaged upbringing. I went on to college and I now work for the state government.
First we will conference on what your goals are and when you're hoping to reach them. Then, I'll help you make a plan and we can begin!
I'm an ELA teacher with a Masters in Education. I'm also tenured, professionally certifiied, and have 14 years of experience.
Currently, I teach 11th and 12th grade literature and writing.
$80/hour: With so many students learning from home, and so many tutoring centers closed, an online tutor is a necessity for so many families. I’m available 7 days a week, 8:30am-7:00pm. Email me for an appointment: [email protected]
I taught theater and history in Seattle before moving to New York to help open a theater arts high school in Brooklyn.
I've worked with a wide range of students who possess a wide array of skills and talents. I have experience with students who are in gifted and talented programs and also special needs students. Many of my clients are already doing well, but need help polishing their work to reach their goals. I’ve worked with students with ADHD, issues with executive functioning, ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder) and processing deficits. I’ve also worked with many students who struggle with ED (Emotional Disturbance) and need extra attention and support to complete homework.
When blended learning started in NYC, I was thrilled to see my students for the first time in 5 months. I missed their energy, their brilliance and their humor. When we first sat down in our socially distanced classroom, it was awkward and unfamiliar. We peered at each other over our masks, trying to settle into this new feeling of being both close and far away. I introduced some new games we could play from our seats and brought in the practice of “air fives” and snaps to appreciate each other. In a few minutes, my resilient students were animated, active and laughing. It was the first time I’d felt so relieved, hopeful and filled with joy since Covid shut us down. I carry that with me, and I know we’ll be back.
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