Mary Grover is a Teaching Support Specialist with the Center for Teaching Excellence at Cornell University. Prior to joining Cornell in 2010, Mary taught at public and charter middle and high schools, including Sunnyside Environmental School and Mt. Scott Center for Learning in Portland, OR and New Roots Charter School in Ithaca, NY. Mary served as social studies department chair and led professional development on Socratic seminar and inquiry-based math instruction. She developed interdisciplinary thematic curricula that incorporated weekly field studies, service learning and semester-long projects with state and district benchmarks. Mary received a B.A. from Binghamton University in 1998 and her M.A.T. from Lewis & Clark College in 2005. Through her work with progressive educators, Mary developed her vision to be an educational leader who supports experiential learning and place-based education. As a member of the 2012 SPA NYC cohort, she is eager to collaborate with other inspired educators.