Mary was born in South America and is bilingual. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida, where she received her B.S. in Elementary Education and then her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. She has 20 years of educational experience as a pre-K through 5th grade teacher, literacy specialist, administrator, district instructional coach, and consultant in both Florida and North Carolina. Her deep passion for early literacy and desire to impact students’ lives is at the heart of everything she does.