Mary has been an active member of the Early Childhood Education field for 25 years. She has a Bachelor's degree in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education Administration from National Louis University. Mary has taught children ages 6 weeks through 12 years in for-profit and not-for-profit early childhood programs and has over 12 years of experience in Educational Leadership and Training. Currently, she is a full-time instructor and Early Childhood Program Coordinator with Rasmussen College and serves on the Board of Directors for MnAEYC-MnSACA. Mary was also awarded the Minnesota Career College Association Instructor of the Year Award in 2012.