Transitions Program LEadership
Director of the Transitions Program
Mary is passionate about helping each child experience joy in learning and find a personally fulfilling path. In her work, she has guided middle school, high school, and college students in discovering and using their unique gifts in personally meaningful and socially significant ways.
As an undergraduate at Stanford University, Mary majored in studio art and studied in Florence, Italy. To share her love of art, she worked at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and as a tour guide at Santa Maria del Flore (the Duomo) in Florence and the Iolani Palace in Honolulu. To share her love of learning and art, she obtained an MA in Education and her elementary teaching credential at Stanford’s Teacher Education Program (STEP).
For nine years, Mary taught studio art and art history at Castilleja School in Palo Alto and was the director of Castilleja’s Peninsula Bridge Program. While there, Mary also initiated and directed the development of community outreach programs, including science enrichment workshops, collaborative youth art projects, community garden partnerships, and a girls' mentoring program. In the classroom, through community programs, and as a private academic coach, Mary has supported students with a range of skill and ability levels, facilitating their capacity to identify and develop their gifts and to find purpose in sharing those gifts with the communities around them.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Mary has a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of California. Her hobbies include painting and drawing, hiking, running, gardening, traveling, and horseback riding.