John F. Kennedy High School
Physics and Earth & Space Science
Why Physics and Earth & Space Science
“I fell in love with physics in college when I (finally) realized that physics offers a really eloquent way of explaining what is going on around us, using math (which I loved already)! Then I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to study how geology, astronomy, and physics intersected so beautifully. I mean…who doesn’t think space and planetary science is cool? And who would not want to share that with adolescents!”
Before beginning a career in education, Mary worked in the Global Contracts Management Department at JP Morgan Chase. She also tutored peers while in high school and college, and continued to do so after graduation.
Mary served in the Peace Corps in Ghana from 2013–2015 as a secondary science teacher. After volunteering in Ghana, she taught physics and an elective astronomy course at the Latin School of Chicago, then enrolled in a master’s program.
Mary enjoys riding her bike all over Chicago and recently started building wood furniture.
- University of Illinois at Chicago (Master of Education)
- Colgate University (Bachelor of Arts in Astrogeophysics)