Marie Leblanc guides diverse learners of all ages as they navigate their academic endeavors. She is a New York State certified 7-12 ELA teacher, reading specialist, student advisor and private tutor who holds a BA from Fordham University in Literature, an MA degree in English and American Literature from New York University and an MA in Teaching and Learning also from NYU. In addition, Marie has earned an advanced certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages) and is certified as a Reading and Writing Specialist. Additionally, Marie has been trained at the Associate Level through Commonwealth Learning in Orton-Gillingham to deliver corrective and developmentally appropriate reading education for students with dyslexia.
Recognized as a New York City Department of Education “Model Teacher,” Marie designs standards-based, differentiated, humanities curricula to students in inclusion (ICT) classes containing ninth through twelfth graders. She opens her doors for collegial observations, and enjoys leading internal and external professional development on best practices in reading strategies and the writing process. Marie is a member of several critical groups that share insights on, and advanced strategies for working with students with reading deficits and differences.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Marie acts as an advisor in the social, emotional and academic development of a small group of students throughout their years in high school. She meets regularly with her advisees, guiding them in applying to post-secondary education, building a spirit of trust and camaraderie among each other as well as encouraging their understanding and enactment of core values, e.g. Respect for Humanity, Diversity, Truth and Intellect and Commitment to Peace, Justice and Democracy. As the primary point of contact between home and school, the advisor-advisee relationship provides a consistent and open line of communication among all stakeholders in students’ lives. Marie speaks several languages, which helps her non-English speaking students negotiate their acquisition of English Language skills and aids in communications with their families.
Marie is particularly proud to have helped found and develop a school built on seven core values, lived and expressed by its community members, through restorative justice practices and community service initiatives. Her curricula and teaching approach emerges from these core principles, underscoring an individualized approach to teaching, which has developed through commitment to, experience of, and belief in how students best learn.
Marie enjoys nearly two decades of experience working with students with different learning styles and honoring their needs: from students requiring enrichment opportunities, to struggling readers and those with particular learning challenges. She provides homework support in the humanities, helps students with test preparation, including the SHSAT, the NY State ELA Exam, the PSAT and the SAT, assists students and families navigating the college application process, works with middle school through college students on essay writing, and aids students of all ages with developing their reading skills and stamina, reading comprehension and text analysis.
Marie’s commitment to helping students realize their intellectual promise inspired her to cofound a tutoring company several years ago so that she might closely work with individuals at various stages of their educational journey.
Marie is exalted in her career as an English teacher. Her motivation stems from the potential of young people and she remains inspired by the opportunity to contribute to their academic success.