Lorraine E. Hurley, MA
By Word of Math
Lorraine Hurley has provided private, one-on-one tutoring on a personal referral basis for over 20 years in the state of Connecticut. She is the director of By Word of Math, a practice specializing in elementary and secondary math, standardized test preparation (PSAT, SAT I, SAT II, ACT), private school admissions testing (ISEE, SSAT, COOP), and general math anxiety assistance. Word of Math covers all aspects of mathematics from elementary through college, classroom work support, and study skills, as well as teacher or school consultation if requested or necessary. Lorraine’s success is evident not only in the feedback she receives from her clientele but in their length of stay – she has been working with some families for over 15 years, and has students returning to her for their third and fourth years.
Lorraine’s philosophy is based on the idea that the way students learn today is very different from how they learned 10 years ago and very different from how they will learn 10 years from now. Students are so overbooked between school, extracurricular activities, and the barrage of technology and social media, that it becomes more than teaching students the subject of math, but how to learn the math in light of everything else going on. Lorraine uses diagnostic prescriptives to identify skill gaps in her students and then targets these specifically in her tutorials. She has also worked with learning disabled students, and has an expansive referral network, built over the last 20 years, for clients whose needs fall outside of her expertise or scope.
Lorraine’s experience stems from a wide range of positions in education over the past 20 years. She is a certified CT Professional Educator of Mathematics for grades 7 – 12, and for adult education, taught for 12 years in Stamford Public Schools, and for 19 years at the Sylvan Learning Center. In addition to her time in front of the classroom, Hurley served for 5 years as the Director of Education for a private learning center, taught homebound instruction, and was featured in a CREC state adult education journal for the portfolio learning teaching method.
Lorraine received a BA in mathematics from Mount Saint Mary College, and a MA in Education from Fairfield University, where she researched mathematical learning disabilities, known as dyscalculia.