Mary Anne attended Jordan High School in Sandy, Utah and went on to Weber State University where she was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Sales. She has also earned a K-6 Elementary Education Level 2 teaching license through the Utah State Board of Education.
Prior to having children, Mary Anne and her husband spent two years in the Japanese Alps, teaching English in area elementary and junior high schools for the Japanese Board of Education. Upon returning home, She worked at Franklin Covey as a sales executive, consulting with clients to facilitate trainings and educational coaching for The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
She has loved the idea of Early Light Academy from the beginning and even served on the acquisition and safety committees as construction on the school commenced. Her oldest daughter was in the first grade when ELA opened its doors. Later, in 2013-2014, when her youngest entered first grade, she was hired as a substitute teacher. Soon after that, she was asked to join the Special Education department, where she spent thousands of hours working with students from kindergarten to 9th grade. In 2017, she got the chance to join the 4th grade team and has absolutely loved working with the students and teachers there.
Mary Anne's educational philosophy centers on the belief that every child has unlimited potential and as such, has a right to respect, love, and kindness in her classroom. She has high expectations for every student, but she also realizes that each student is on his or her own journey and she will honor their social and educational victories accordingly. Mary Anne loves children. She loves the energy they exude. She loves the honesty and genuine friendship they offer. Her goal is to help her students gain a love and passion for learning, personal growth, and accountability.
During her spare time, she enjoys working in her flowerbeds and watching her roses grow. She also loves dark chocolate, reading, and going to the movies (just to eat the popcorn!). She has been married to her husband, Matt for 25 years and they have 3 fantastic children, all of whom have attended ELA!