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Our Educator

 

Mary Frank

Mary Frank has been actively involved in education for the past 13 years. She received her BS in Social Science from California State University, Sacramento in 1998 and her Master of Arts in Teaching from the State University of New York: Potsdam in 2001. Mary spent nine years as a classroom teacher and then as a curriculum specialist in Houston, Texas before returning home to California in 2012. She has spent the last three years as a stay-at-home mom; working as a freelance editor and project manager for Educational Concepts, a consulting firm specializing in training teachers to work with diverse populations.


Mary’s passion lies in training teachers to effectively work with students of all backgrounds and ability levels. She understands the many different ways that children learn and has a strong background in curriculum design and development to address those varied learning styles. She also firmly believes in the power of experiential learning to enhance the quality and rigor of student learning. Her studies and experiences led her to create of a line of educational products called Engaging Stations. These stations include interactive games and lessons through which students learn concepts in small group, short experiences. The core principle behind these stations is that when students can connect an experience to a concept, they are more likely to retain and internalize the information they are learning.
Mary and her family have been members of Temple Or Rishon since their return to California. Community is very important to Mary and she has always found herself very involved in all aspects of synagogue life. She loves to sing and has sung with the TOR Choir. She also sings with the local Sacramento women’s ensemble, Vox Musica. Her husband, Adam, is a school psychologist and they have three children, Gabriel, Miriam, and Gideon. As a family, they love to travel, camp, and generally spend time enjoying nature.