Mary was born in Statonsburg, North Carolina. She attended elementary and high school in Wilson and Wayne counties, respectively. She was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Fayetteville State University in 1976. True to her passion for becoming the best teacher possible, Mary continued her education and was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Reading in 1981 from Trinity University in Washington, DC. She subsequently continued her education and was awarded an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech in 2000.
During Mary's tenure as a teacher and an administrator, she served her first three years as a High School Reading Teacher in Kinston, NC and Washington, DC. Over the next 30 years, Mary was employed by the Fairfax County Public Schools where she served as a Sixth Grade Teacher, Gifted and Talented Teacher, Reading Teacher (K-6), Title I Reading Teacher/Program Assistant, Language Arts Instructional Support Teacher (K-6), Assistant Principal, and Principal.
Mary's educational leadership vision was to be collaborative in creating a learning environment where all students were achieving and reaching their academic potential. Further, Mary wanted to establish a learning environment where staff members were providing differentiated instruction based on ongoing assessment, best practice, and research based learning. Her mission was to work in collaboration with school staff, county resources, and the community to improve the outcomes for all students especially those who were disadvantaged
This scholarship is for NC residents majoring in Elementary Education.