Mary Bellavance’s career as an educator includes 11 years as a classroom teacher and 15 years in roles such as literacy specialist, literacy coach and instructional coach in southern Maine. Mary is the current President of Maine ASCD and strives to promote the organization’s mission to provide leadership in designing, innovating, and customizing learning for Maine educators. She has published articles about personalized learning for Competency Works, ASCD Edge, and Educational Leadership, and she currently works with educators in Biddeford, Maine and surrounding school districts to help grow and sustain a student-centered, proficiency-based teaching and learning system.
Mary has been a Reading First Instructor and Literacy Leaders’ Network facilitator for the Maine Department of Education. In addition, she has taught reading courses at the University of New England. Mary’s professional writing was rejuvenated after she participated in the Southern Maine Writing Project Invitational Summer and Fall Institute. She has written about personalized learning for Competency Works, ASCD Edge and Educational Leadership. Mary has presented at many local and national conferences on topics such as educating in a digital landscape, habits of mind and creating a personalized learning climate for each child.
Publications include: Personalized Learning, Maine Style. Educational Leadership, June 2014.