Mary has had the opportunity to teach children in grades 4k-8 as well as work with teachers in higher education. She earned an early childhood degree from University of Wisconsin River Falls with post graduate work from Saint Mary's University. Mary has had experience in urban and rural settings. Most recently leading a charter school to achieve the highest reading scores in an urban school in the state of Minnesota. Mary is passionate about literacy as being the key for success and facilitating teacher growth in all areas of education.