“My style of teaching uses story-telling, fast-pace drilling, high expectations and the clincher of solid learning–home support. The world is full of miracles because God wants us to meet our challenges.“
Why Teaching?– The greatest joy for me in life is helping others realize the beauty around and within them. Teaching is my foundation for sharing the beautiful truths and light available to each of us. Since I was a young girl, my desire to lift others has provided fabulous roles that have included piano teacher, pre-school teacher, elementary teacher, youth correctional facility teacher, institute teacher, public speaker and author. The best thing about teaching at an elementary level is being around perfect people–children.
My style of teaching uses story-telling, fast-pace drilling, high expectations and the clincher of solid learning–home support.
Curriculum Highlight– It is so much fun to teach writing. I am a witness to their souls’ expression of make-believe, personal opinions, and the recording of their learning onto paper. Watching their communication skills deepen and blossom is a treasure to me.
Hobbies– I love getting lost in a sewing project, picking flowers, reading, being with friends and family, and driving fast.
Family– I met my husband, Al, at BYU. I claim to be the only person who admits going to college to find my soul mate. After we married, I took a long pause in my formal education to fulfill my dream of mothering five children. We now have 22 grandchildren.
What brought you to AHS?– In many school systems, secular, worldly and often false ideas circulate which amp up my inner turmoil and sadness. But here at American Heritage, we proclaim the divinity of Jesus Christ, and we acknowledge the hand of God throughout history. It is so much easier to have the Holy Ghost bear witness to all truth. It is the place where we can, as stated in the 13th Article of Faith, believe all things, hope all things, and learn to endure many things.
What is unique about AHS for you?– We ascribe to the truth that we support parents and families, but we do not take their place. The phenomenal parent support here leads to success in all areas of the students’ lives.
Mary has a passion for enjoying every day of life! She affirms, “The world is full of miracles because God wants us to meet our challenges.” In her dedication to help others realize the beauty around and within, she has taught in many capacities: elementary teacher, piano instructor, preschool owner/instructor, youth correctional facility teacher, public speaker, marriage coach and institute instructor. She authored the book, Finding the Diamond Within: Ten Ways Every Woman Can Sparkle. She claims her fun in life happens by being involved with other people from teaching to managing a medical practice to the profound enrichment of family life. “Now it is time,” she expressed, “to be around perfect people again—children.” Her style of teaching uses story telling, fast-pace drilling, high expectations and the clincher of solid learning—home support. She looks forward to the joy of teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ daily. Mary met Al at Brigham Young University. She claims to be the only person she has ever heard of who admits going to BYU to find a husband. After they married, she paused her formal education to live her dream life of mothering five children. Mary returned to college and graduated from BYU in Marriage, Family, and Human Development the same December as her fiftieth birthday. “But,” she says, “I have learned most things because I got out of bed almost every morning!”