Ms. Mary Carlson
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I was born and raised in Bismarck/Mandan N.D. and attended Minot State University in Minot N.D. where I received my Bachelors Degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education in 1985. After settling in Arizona, I went back to school and earned my Masters Degree in Special Education from Northern Arizona University in 2001.
My first teaching experience was in an adult facility for Mentally Handicapped people learning job skills. Next, I moved farther north in N.D. to Dunseith where I worked in a Elementary resource classroom. The winters finally convinced me to move to Arizona where I spent one year working in a preschool while I got used to living in such a highly populated area. Then, I spent the next 10 years working with Maricopa County Regional Schools with students with varying disabilities. Finally, I have spent the last 4 years with Mesa Public schools working with physically handicapped students with mental disabilities. This year at Redbird is an exciting change for me. I'm always amazed at how much more I can learn about teaching when I move to a new environment.