Mary is a veteran high school history teacher who has worked extensively with student voice and participation as democratizing principles in her classroom. Working with her students, she has compiled a diverse array of experiences as participants in participatory action research projects both locally and nationally. Mary brings first hand experience and professional passion to the question of how we create and nurture meaningful student partnership within our classrooms and schools. She is also a recipient of a Rowland Fellowship for Declaring Ourselves! an action research project concerning civic engagement in the 21st Century, works in collaboration with the Community Works Institute, was a part of the founding faculty for the Governor’s Institute in Education and holds a Masters in Education from the University of Vermont.