Stacey Martins

BA Psychology/Writing, MA Special Ed/Autism, MS Remedial Reading, Tutor & Executive Function Trainer

Stacey recently moved to Scottsdale and currently teaches Special Education English at Saguaro High in addition to tutoring. She previously lived & taught in Newington, CT, where she was awarded the Spirit of SEPTA by the Special Education Parent Teacher Alliance.

Stacey began working with 7th grade twins, Matthew & Mariye, last September. Here are their thoughts about tutoring:

How did you feel about tutoring before you started, and why?
Matthew: Before I started tutoring with Stacey, I thought tutoring would be useless. Why I thought this, I don’t know, but tutoring with Stacey has helped me improve my grades.

What do you like best about Stacey?
Matthew: She can help me study without getting annoyed; if she has gotten annoyed, I haven’t noticed yet!   Mariye: Stacey is kind and knows how to help me. If I get frustrated, she knows how to help me understand the work that I had trouble with in school.

What is the most helpful thing you’ve learned from her?
Mariye: Stacey has taught me many important things but most helpful was how to memorize, study, and use a planner. Now I get better grades in all my classes.

What do you do differently since you started tutoring?
Matthew: I have a planner and I actually know where my school work is supposed to go.

What would you like to tell other students about getting a tutor?
Matthew: I would say it’s pretty helpful if you aren’t too good at staying on top of your work.   Mariye: It’s extremely helpful. I’ve worked with another tutor before… they were helpful but didn’t understand why I was having trouble with classes and studying. Stacey understood why I was having trouble and figured out how to help.

Stacey, What do you look forward to when working with Matthew & Mariye?
Stacey: I look forward to each session because they both have a great sense of humor and are full of life! I admire how hard working and motivated they both are. They are committed to doing well and have demonstrated that by keeping communication open outside of our sessions. They ask for help, utilize technology and communicate their learning styles in a positive way. Mariye and Matthew are always a pleasure to work with!

What do you to make each of the sessions successful?
Stacey: In order to make each session successful, I do my best to establish a positive relationship with my students. I start my session with a quick check in to see how their week is going and from there begin by reviewing planners to go over the week’s assignments and prioritize needs. I also try my best to make the sessions as engaging as possible. I incorporate technology in my sessions to reteach and practice information so that students truly learn the information. I try my best to quickly establish which methods and strategies work for each student so that I can plan to meet their individual needs.

What do you enjoy most about working with Matthew & Mariye?
Stacey: I am really impressed with Matthew and Mariye’s positive attitudes, motivation and high self-expectations. They strive to do their best, study hard and ask questions. They really are taking ownership of their learning!

What do you want to tell families that are thinking about tutoring?
Stacey: Tutoring is a great way to re-teach information, practice skills and help students regain confidence!