“She is reading! Until Greta started working with Mary Ann, reading was stressful and filled with anxiety. From the start Mary Ann developed a great relationship with Greta and created a safe environment for Greta to be herself, struggle and, ultimately, have successes. Mary Ann provided Greta with tools that work for her and has given her a boost in confidence. As parents, seeing our child struggle and feeling unequipped to help felt awful. Mary Ann has been a great support and sounding board for us, and has given us tools and techniques we can apply at home to further support Greta’s reading development. Mary Ann has been right by our side at school meetings, advising Greta’s academic team on how to make the everyday classroom a rich and accessible experience so that she too has every opportunity to succeed. Mary Ann has a lot of experience and training and is so passionate about her work. We can only describe her as a cheerleader for our daughter. Each time we talk with her and each time we see her interacting with Greta, her love and care for our child is so clear. Greta is a little bit more smiley and has a bit more of a spring in her step on “Mrs. Best” days. Greta LOVES working with her and, even better, she is excited about reading. Mary Ann has been a Godsend and we are so very grateful to have her working with our family.” – Heather S., Waukesha, Wi
“As a District Teacher Leader, in the Wauwatosa Public School District, I have had the pleasure of observing Mary Ann Panella-Best teaching literacy skills to high school students enrolled in her “Literacy for College & Career Readiness” Course and providing one on one instruction to students with extreme deficits in reading and writing. As a former Special Education Teacher, with a Masters Degree in Learning Disabilities, I can attest that Mary Ann is extremely knowledgeable of the five components used within the reading process. She has the skill to diagnose why students are struggling with literacy and identify components needing remediation in order to create an individual plan for students. Mary Ann has a wealth of methods, strategies and resources she can use with students of ALL ages, kindergarten through college.
Besides being experienced and knowledgeable in literacy, Mary Ann is compassionate, patient, and truly cares that her students experience success in improving their skills. She understands that students who struggle with literacy may feel embarrassed, frustrated or even stupid, and uses humor, kindness and genuine interest in their lives to create a trusting relationship with them.
If you want your child to become a proficient reader, an independent learner and enjoy reading, I highly recommend Mary Ann Panella-Best to work with your child.” – Pat Gilbert, Wauwatosa District Teacher Leader, Adjunct Cardinal Stritch University
“We found Mary Ann to work with my 8 year old son who has struggled to read since kindergarten. In less than a year, she has not only taught him to improve his reading but has introduced him to the joy of reading. Her qualifications are impeccable, not only with her reading specialty, but also with her background in Speech, Language and Special Education. She takes a holistic view to her lessons and has become an integral part of his education team working with me, my son, and his regular education teachers. I would recommend Mary Ann to any parent with a child with reading challenges.” – Nisha G., Waukesha, Wisconsin