Mary-Elizabeth received her Master of Arts in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) from Rollins College and Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Music from Rollins with an emphasis in Vocal Performance (Art Song) and classical Piano. Mary-Elizabeth has performed internationally as a classical vocalist with the prestigious Fjord Cadenza in Norway, the Norwegian National Opera, and throughout Ireland during the Bach Festival’s summer tour of Mozart’s Requiem. Additionally, she worked on the Children’s Educational Programming team at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, developing and coordinating large-scale community education programs for children PK-12. Mary-Elizabeth is a highly effective, state-certified educator with extensive experience in exceptional education (ESE), learning disabilities, early childhood education and child development. She has taught children with a variety of backgrounds and exceptionalities, including: gifted, learning disabilities (SLD), developmentally delayed, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and speakers of other languages. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi education honor society and has been published in the New Teacher Advocate regarding best practices for fostering creativity in children. She was featured on NPR to discuss the use of educational technology with children who have sensory disorders and has had the privilege of participating in a variety of innovative pilot programs within Orange County Public Schools. Mary-Elizabeth is highly trained in multi-sensory education techniques as intervention for learning disabilities and is currently seeking full specialist certification in Orton-Gillingham, a “gold standard” method of intervention for Dyslexia and other phonological reading disabilities. Mary-Elizabeth believes in the unmatched power of multi-sensory and arts infused education to “give wings to the mind” and develop the next generation of imaginative, intelligent thinkers, world problem solvers, and lovers of learning. When she is not working with her students, she can be found pretending to be a ballerina at ballet barre classes, volunteering with the Junior League, or taking adventurous walks around Winter Park with her pup, Penny Lane.