Mary Cole is the Lower School’s learning specialist. “I believe in the importance of early intervention strategies for students with learning differences,” says Cole. “I think it is important to teach children about how they learn so that they can become strong advocates for themselves and let teachers know what their needs are in the classroom whether they are visual, auditory, tactile or kinesthetic learners.”
“At Charles Wright I am given all the resources and support necessary to be a successful educator,” says Cole. “I have worked at other schools where one of the main goals was to teach to a standardized test in order to increase test scores. CWA values each student’s individual learning style and encourages professional development opportunities for all teachers. I also appreciate the parents’ strong commitment and dedication to learning shown through their active participation in their children’s education.”
“One of my favorite memories as a teacher was when a student asked me to go to Williamsburg, Virginia, with the fifth grade class. He said it would be ‘really cool’ if I went, and he was right. It was one of the most memorable and amazing trips I have taken in my lifetime, and I will always have a special bond with the class of 2013 because of the life-changing experiences we shared together.”
Cole volunteers at the YMCA teaching American Red Cross classes on lifeguard training, CPR, first aid, automated external defibrillator use, and blood-borne pathogens. She enjoys swimming, running, camping, boating and spending time doing anything outdoors with her husband and son. She ran the Los Angeles Marathon and has also served as a track and swimming coach for the Special Olympics. Cole and her family have adopted a 17-pound cat named Maui from the Humane Society.