Director of Identification and Student Programs: Mara Berry, MA
Mara G. Berry, MA is the Director of Identification and Student Programs at Maryville University where she also serves as the site coordinator for the Maryville Young Scholars Program to identify and serve high ability children from groups traditionally underrepresented in gifted programs. Formerly, she was Director of Gifted and English language learners as well as principal for the GALACTIC gifted program in the Hazelwood School District. Mara has presented at state and national level gifted conferences. She holds her BS from the University of Missouri-Columbia, her MEd from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and certification in Special Education Administration from Lindenwood University. Mara has coached FIRST® Lego® League & Jr. FIRST LEGO teams for the last four years, plus she is a member of the St. Louis Area Planning Committee for FLL and volunteers as a judge for FLL competitions. She also volunteers and teaches as a Master Gardener with the Missouri Botanical Gardens.