Mary first got involved with Roots & Shoots in 2018, but her passion for teaching through service began years ago. In fact, it was service-learning that inspired her to become a teacher.
Her first career was as an attorney. “I knew I wanted to be a lawyer in fourth grade,” she says. She was the first person in her family to go to college; she went on to law school, to clerk on the federal Court of Appeals, and to practice law.
An experience chaperoning her daughter’s third-grade class changed everything.On a field trip to the local zoo, the students were treated like researchers and scientists, she says. “They each, like Jane Goodall, became an expert through observation on one animal.” Today, Mary is an educator and Roots & Shoots group leader in Marshall, Michigan.