Mary Schuler is an experienced and result-oriented Special Education teacher and tutor with close to 50 years of experience in the special education field. Obtaining her B.A. in Elementary Education from the College of St. Catherine’s in St. Paul, Minnesota, and her M.A.in Special Education from Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Schuler taught Kindergarten, 1st grade, 5th grade, and Special Education on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Crownpoint and Thoreau, New Mexico. While tutoring learning problem children, one-on-one, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she discovered that solving learning problems isn’t accomplished by just requiring the students to do more school work.
After working with a number of public school students for over a year, three times a week for an hour at a time, she realized that having them accomplish just one year of growth during that time would just not be enough; they would have to “live” with her the rest of their lives! She convinced the parents of those students to enroll their children in the Learning and Rehabilitation Center, run by Brother Lucian Wingate, in Santa Fe, and convinced Brother Lucian to hire her as a teacher. Brother Lucian trained her to implement the Delacato Crawl and visual training into her work with the students. These same students, as a result, jumped two and three years in their learning! Since that time, Schuler has used alternative methods of teaching, seeking remediation of causes, rather than just doing more school work.
Moving to Caldwell, Idaho, she taught a self-contained Special Education classroom for students ages 9 to 14 for four years. Besides tutoring individual students in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, she taught potential teachers and interested parents two classes: Tutoring Phonics for Reading and Spelling and Tutoring Math Using Manipulatives, using textbooks written by herself. These classes were offered through the University of Idaho, Teacher Education Program.
Schuler has always been interested in education and innovations in education. She has continued her own studies, attending colleges in Minnesota, Idaho, and Washington, accumulating numerous credits beyond her M.A. She has studied alternative teaching methods, including Mortenson Math and the Learn-To-Learn Program offered in Seattle, Washington. Schuler has a Kindergarten-12th grade Educationally Handicapped teaching certificate in Washington State, in Idaho, and a Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate, Special Education N-12, issued December 2010.
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