BA (Hons), MA, PGCE
Mary qualified as a teacher in 2008 and most of her experience to date has been in secondary schools in the UK. Before moving to Shanghai in August 2017, she spent seven years in an independent girls’ boarding school in the south of England where she held a succession of pastoral and residential roles including Housemistress and Head of Year. She has also worked in Lancashire and West Yorkshire. Having completed a BA in Sociology at Queen’s University, Belfast in 2002, she returned to education to pursue a PGCE in Secondary Geography at the University of Cumbria in Lancaster, UK, following three years spent working in financial services. In 2015 she completed an MA in Irish Studies at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, which allowed her to conduct her own research into migration – an area of Geography she is passionate about.
Mary has spent the last three years working at another school in Shanghai and has particularly enjoyed teaching the modern content of the IBDP Geography course. She prides herself on the rapport she builds with students and aims to foster a positive and safe classroom environment, where students feel able take academic risks without fear of getting things wrong.
Mary has so far enjoyed the life she has built in Shanghai with her husband – also a teacher – and her young son, who has joined Reception. She enjoys travel, cooking, reading, watching live theatre and comedy, quizzes, and playing squash.