What is your teaching philosophy?
I learn from my students! Through their questions, I gain insight into how they think, the strategies they use for understanding new material, and how they construct meaning. I strive to foster curiosity and confidence. I encourage my students to be on the lookout for patterns—in sound, in word order, in themes. I share with them the mental associations I make that help me remember a word or construction. I urge them to make their own connections, consciously. I hope that my students will come to appreciate both the complexities and the simplicity of language.
What excites you about The Academy at Penguin Hall?
The commitment of our students and families, the dedication of our staff and faculty, and the breathtaking beauty of our campus inspire me each day.
Share something interesting about yourself.
As a graduate student, I worked as a research assistant to Nobel Laureate poet Czeslaw Milosz.
Mary holds a B.A. in Russian from Indiana University, an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures, and a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from The University of California, Berkeley, CA.