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Mrs. Mary Vivola M.S. Ed.
Hi Jaguar Family!
My name is Mary Vivola and I teach English Language Arts 5/6 ~ American Literature.
Twelve years ago, I relocated to Arizona from New York. My teaching career began in NY after earning my BA from Fordham University and a Masters of Science in Education from Brooklyn College. While in NY, I taught as a Special Educator, worked with English Language Learners, trained teachers, served as an adjunct professor at New York University, studied The Writer’s Workshop at Columbia University, and facilitated workshops for parents. I'm proud to say that I have been a teacher for over 20 years!
I truly am a huge Jaguar fan. My three youngest children - Ray, Nick, and Mallory - thrived at BCHS with the unending support of teachers, parents, coaches, guidance counselors, great friends, and a dedicated staff. It's my goal to "pay-it-forward" by serving BCHS students to the best of my abilities. My appreciation and love for BCHS runs deep.
My eldest, Laura, is an RN working and living in Connecticut with her husband and two daughters. Thank goodness for Skype and Facetime!
I have been married to my husband Larry for over twenty-eight years. He cooks dinner every night; that gets him out of the dog house a lot.
Most of my free time is spent begging my kids to visit with me, watching basketball games (I'm mad for March Madness!), and supporting current and former students at their sporting events and performances. Stop by to chat with me when you see me in the BC gym or auditorium!
My husband and I love to travel, experience foods from different cultures, and to prepare meals to share with family and friends. I love a good story, so I read often, watch television, visit the theater, and listen to teenagers. I have a passion for literature, art, and history, which is awesome, because all three tie into the study of American Literature so organically. I consider myself a life-long learner; there's so much to learn, so much I don't know, and so much I've already forgotten because I'm 52. I adore Arizona, its people, the culture, the creatures, the landscape, my friends, and the eclectic, energetic, hilarious, brilliant teenagers in our English 5/6 classroom!
Let’s have a fun and productive year!