Served for 31 years as an Exceptional Children’s Teacher (1979-2010 at Rugby Middle School, Hendersonville High School, and North Henderson High School. Taught Special Education to middle and high school students with a variety of needs. Mentored new teachers, student teachers, and high school students seeking future employment in the education field. Served as Director of Special Olympics, (1993-2002), organizing the spring games and coaching several teams.
A faithful volunteer at Bullington Gardens, 2001-present. Created a partnership there for high school students in the OCS program to volunteer in the garden’s BOOST program. Developed summer camps for students with special needs and is the creative director of the current Fairy Trail. It was not uncommon to see Mary picking up trash, sweeping halls, planting flowers, and working with students to support the school and build community.
A true definition of grace, patience, and love. A life-long advocate for her students and community. Continues to volunteer, support, mentor, and love her people.