What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy of teaching asserts that students are innately motivated and are curious and will learn best in an environment that is safe and supportive, interactive and collaborative. A welcoming environment accommodates a variety of learning styles and encourages students to present their opinions while respecting the opinions of others. Students need to be given a voice and benefit from peer-to-peer learning with personal experiences and knowledge. I am mindful of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs that provides a framework to view the needs of all students where the basic physiological needs (food, water, warmth and rest) are foundational and then the need for safety, friends and relationships provides motivation. Further psychological needs of feeling a sense of accomplishment can then happen with the goal of becoming self-actualized and achieving one’s full potential. It is important to give our students the tools to look within and be mindful in all that they do so that they can look critically at the world and be active in the learning process.
What excites you most about The Academy at Penguin Hall?
The opportunity to work with young women who are at a pivotal stage in life to empower them to discover and celebrate their unique skills, sense of wellness and passions is an exciting privilege. I have come to discover that the administration and staff at Penguin Hall are creative and forward thinking and I sense that there would be a synergistic development of ideas and programming. Penguin Hall is a unique school that offers an impressive level of education and enrichment for students and their families.
What are your interests outside of teaching?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, enjoy my daily workouts at 5:30a.m., try to get outside to hike, bike, run, swim, scuba, sail, ski as much as possible, love to travel, read a great book and be creative through art.
Mary holds a BS in Elementary and Special Education from Lesley College in Cambridge, an MED in Counseling and a CAGS (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies) from The University of Massachusetts, Boston.