Mary Desmarais, M.Ed., is an inclusion specialist and consultant with 10 years of classroom experience, seven of which were at an inclusive Catholic high school that utilized the peer mentor model which she helped start. There, she had the opportunity to work with a multitude of teachers in supporting students with disabilities in their classes. She has spoken on the topics of inclusion, student engagement, and peer mentoring at various conferences including The Council for Exceptional Children and the Andrew Greeley Center Mustard Seed Conference. Through the National Catholic Board on Full Inclusion, she co-hosted, "Mondays With Mary," a weekly webinar series to support teachers with digital tools and student engagement.
Mary earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton, her Master of Education and Human Development from George Washington University, and her Master of Administration and Supervision from Marymount University. She is currently pursuing her Certificate in Instructional Coaching at Loyola University Chicago.