October 26, 2003
Turning to Tutors, Instead of Schools
By Bridgid McMenamin
...In some cases, teachers leave jobs in established schools to become tutors. Kimberly Mariano, a former public schoolteacher, tutored the two children of Sheri and Richard Frey at their home...
Tutoring the Frey children, along with an occasional neighbor or two, Ms. Mariano earned some $30,000 a year from 1991 until 1995, when she moved to Illinois.
Mr. Frey likens Ms. Mariano to the fictional nanny Mary Poppins and credits her with inspiring a love of learning that enabled his daughter to earn a 4.0 grade-point average at the private high school from which she graduated in June.
Terri Brax, owner of TeacherCare, a company in Schaumburg, Ill., that recruits teachers, found Ms. Mariano, who now tutors children from three families near her home in Lake Zurich, Ill...