Mary Pecci

Mary P.

San Francisco, CA

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During many years as a Reading Specialist, I have found that teaching too many Phonics rules and exceptions can confuse children and cause reading problems. However, by teaching only the RELIABLE Phonics facts, it covers about 90% of the Phonics information needed to read. With this RELIABLE information "at their fingertips," I guide the children how to handle the Phonics exceptions "on their own." This results in ease and enjoyment while learning to read and assures SUCCESS!
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Mary delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 12 and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1970

I have been a Reading Specialist since 1970. Since that time, I have written several books on how to avoid and solve reading problems. My first book, "At Last! A Reading Method for EVERY Child!" was the Main Selection on 3 of Macmillan Book Clubs: Early Learning Book Club, Teachers Book Club, and Library of Special Education Book Club. It is my greatest joy to teach children to read - especially those with reading problems and being able to share with them the excitement of succeeding. Over the years, I have acquired a sizable file of motivating reinforcement activities which make learning fun and keep the students coming back for more. In 2005-2006, I was honored by inclusion in "Who's Who Among American Teachers." I also love teaching Primary Math - the easy way. As a senior, I feel I have a special rapport with students - a gentle, seasoned approach that puts them at ease with the confidence that they are in very capable hands.

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Reading Specialist from 1970 to Present
Sep 1970 - Oct 2015
Four public schools, One private school, and One parochial school

During this time, I also conducted a private tutoring service for children with special needs in reading. I have also taught classes in Reading at The University of San Francisco and at St. Mary's College in Moraga.


A.A., B.S. M.Ed. Education, Social Studies, Humanities
Sep 1955 - Oct 1975
Boston University, Boston State Univ., Univ.of San Francisco Univ. of California
A.A., B.S. M.Ed. Major: Education, Minor: History, Social Studies and Humanities
Sep 1956 - Oct 1972
Boston University, Boston State University, Univ. of San Francisco, University of California, University of the Pacific


Limited Proficiency


Certified as a Specialist Teacher in Reading
Apr 1967
State of California

Certified to teach reading to children in an elementary classroom.

Photos & Videos

Grade 6 student, Michael, reading for this first time this year 2016 - with ease, confidence, and delight.

Photo by Mary P.

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8 Reviews

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Jolisa K. Aug 9, 2016
Reading · In home

She is a wonderful teacher, and very inspiring of her passion in teaching kids of how to read and write. My kid really enjoy learning from her.

John Oct 31, 2015
Reading · Online




Thank you!

Sue Oct 16, 2015
Reading · In studio

I am pleased to recommend Mary to parents who are looking for special help in reading for their children. Mary is an excellent teacher and gives her students a very positive learning experience. I taught with Mary for several years and always found her excited about taking on new challenges with students. She once took three siblings from Norway, who spoke very little English, and gave them the tools to speak, read, and write in very little time. She is amazing!

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Carol Oct 16, 2015
Reading · In home

It was quite remarkable how Mary P's books have benefited my grandson !!!

Melinda Oct 16, 2015
Reading · Online

I used Mary's "At Last, A Reading Method for EVERY Child" to teach my autistic child to read. It was wonderful have a step-by-step, well thought out, clear, and complete method to use! My child learned to read and learned to read very well using this program. For the first time in his life, he took great joy in being able to understand the world around him.

While I was using her method, Ms P was available online and on the phone to help with questions and offer suggestions. She is an amazing, caring, and very experienced teacher and I can't recommend her highly enough.

I'll never forget what she told me when I expressed concern about my ability to teach my autistic child to read (we had tried many other methods without success). She said, "If he can speak, he can learn to read". And she was right!

I am forever in Ms. P's debt for giving my son the most critical and valuable tool in his possession: knowing how to read!

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Courtney Cook Oct 13, 2015
ACT Reading ·

Mary is a very patient and thorough reading teacher. She taught numerous students of mine how to read using her thorough reading program. They all loved working with her.

Clarice Oct 13, 2015
Reading · In studio

I've used Mary's reading program, "At Last! A Reading Program for Every Child," for over 25 years. I love it! The program is very user friendly. Students learn specific decoding skills and become confident and fluent readers!

Lori Oct 13, 2015
Reading · In home

Mary is a top-notch reading instructor. She has helped countless people -- of all ages -- to become proficient readers. Years ago, she developed an amazing reading program that she has used very successfully with people who had struggled to learn to read. Her method, and the way in which she implements it, is highly successful and has worked REPEATEDLY with her many grateful and now highly successful readers! I acquired this method and used it very successfully during my many years as a special-education teacher. Mary is a "gem" of a reading specialist!

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