Mary has more than 25 years of experience in education, working in a variety of capacities to support educators and students and to transform K-12 teaching and learning so that it is more engaging, effective, relevant, and joyful. Prior to her current work with the Astra Center for Innovative Education, she served as interim executive director at Center for Inspired Teaching in Washington, DC. She has consulted with nonprofits including The George Lucas Educational Foundation, Learning Forward, TED, PBS, and others. Earlier in her career, Mary was the vice president for education at PBS, where she managed PBS’s portfolio of national digital education services and coordinated the educational initiatives of PBS and its local member stations. She began her career as a high school teacher of English and Biology in Virginia’s public schools.