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.
MEET THE TUTORS (Under Construction!)
Founder, Precision Teaching Specialist, Early Reading
Richard founded and directs the Fluency Factory, a learning center in Cohasset, Massachusetts, for the past 20 years. He has developed instructional processes for students from pre-kindergarten through pre-college with needs ranging from dyslexia to SAT and ACT preparation. He is an active member of the Precision Teaching community, and his major interest is creating solutions for reading issues at every level. Working toward that end he is a cofounder of www.breakingthecode.com and Essential Reading Instruction Solutions, LLC.
Pam graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1990 with a BS in accounting and then from University of Pennsylvania in 1995 with an MSEd in secondary math education. She recently retired after 26 years of teaching middle school and high school math in NJ but starting to miss the interaction with high school students. I’m happy to return to tutoring as well as a part time job as a barista. Her hobbies include running, camping, backpacking and travelling in a new “livable” van. I recently returned from 2 months camping in the Canadian Rockies and looking forward to exploring Newfoundland and PEI next!
Reading Instruction K – 12, Distance Learning, 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.
Science and Math HS
Mary Kate is a remarkable tutor who specializes in work with the most challenging math and science levels. She is completing her MA in nursing, and fortunately for us, LOVES to help both achievement driven and struggling students.
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. These days she is the Reading Specialist at Inly School but has helped train tutors in the summer at the Fluency Factory.
Reading Instruction K – 6, Math
Mary-Fran is a newly retired corporate executive with a degree in Accounting and Certified Financial Planning. Don’t let that fool you! She is tutoring the K-6 crowd and finds their energy & excitement with learning awe-inspiring. When she isn’t teaching the kids the meaning of the word ‘mulligan’, she is an avid reading, hiker and proud dog mom.