Director of Education
Mary was a high school and middle school Spanish teacher for twelve years before joining the Folklife Center. During that time, she also taught photography and Latin American Studies, and led students on international trips built around history, identity, community, and cultural exchange. Mary has a BA in Anthropology and Spanish from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, and an MA in Journalism (with an emphasis on documentary photojournalism) from the University of Montana. She has produced multimedia work exploring the culture of bodybuilding, daily life on both sides of the US-Mexico border, and microfinance and water access in the Andes. Mary has also worked collaboratively with students on projects about their personal and educational experiences in rural Vermont.