Our Story

Richard McManus founded The Fluency Factory after many years of dreaming and planning. He is committed to serving all types of students, and has passed this passion on to his staff of dedicated tutors.

 

Our first student at the Fluency Factory was a kindergarten girl who did not know that the school had recommended holding her back. Richard asked how school was going, and she replied, “Well, there are 19 kids in my class. Five are really good readers, and can read, like, chapter books.  Nine are pretty good readers, and can read like, Dr.Seuss. Five of us can't read at all." Troubled by the sadness in her face, Richard and the Fluency Factory staff have made it their mission to help children like her build their skills and confidence. Student success is the best reward for our work at the Fluency Factory and the most important thing we do. 

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Meet the Tutors!

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Laura

Math, Writing, SAT, SSAT, ACT, ISEE Prep

Laura currently holds a PhD in Anthropology (with a focus on youth and decision-making) from Southern Methodist University. Laura has taught at the college level and has numerous years of experience working as a professional tutor in reading comprehension, writing, and math.  Laura enjoys DIY projects, reading romance novels, and cooking.

Debby

Reading Instruction K – 12, Distance Learning, Math, ISEE and SSAT Prep

Debby graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.A. in English and Education.  Debby has over five years working as a professional tutor, including intensive online reading instruction, and is currently working as a paraprofessional in the Quincy Public Schools.  She loves reading science fiction, cooking, and listening to stand-up comedy.

Catherine

Reading Instruction K-4, Math

Catherine graduated from Bridgewater State University with a B.A. in Elementary Education.  She also earned an Med in Reading from Fitchburg State University.  She is has been an elementary school teacher for three years.  In her spare time Catherine enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.

Jess

Math, Science, Reading, Test Prep

With a B.S. in Biology and Coastal and Marine Sciences, Jess is the one to seek for help with anything from sophomore biology to AP Chemistry, and every math to go along with it. A well rounded teacher, she also loves teaching reading and research papers. Before tutoring with us, she worked as a Marine Biologist and Researcher on varying projects, including ones studying sea turtle behavior and dolphin bioacoustics! One of her favorite after-work activities is walking on the beach!

Lisa

Reading and Math Instruction K – 6

Lisa is a Boston College graduate who worked in the healthcare industry implementing IT systems with focus on developing training curriculum and conducting training classes. As the mother of four teenagers (and former students), Lisa has spent countless hours surviving homework, SAT prep and the college application process. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys golf, yoga and spending time outdoors.

Alanna

Early Reading and Writing

Alanna graduated from Saint Anslem College in 2018 with a BA in English and a minor in education. She is currently a graduate student at BridgewaterState University studying mental health counseling and school adjustment counseling. She is excited to help kids build their confidence and reach their full reading potential. She loves animals, theater, books, travel, and spending time with friends and family.