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Mary Anne Buckley
Mary Anne Buckley has over twenty-five years of experience in early childhood education. She is also the youngest of six siblings from a loving and goofy family. “We shared intellectual, creative, and social highs and lows around the dining room table every night. It was the first Friendship Workshop.”
Mary Anne attended Vermont College to learn how to write children's books. "I love the power picture books have to explore, illuminate, and strengthen our connection to each other. I soon realized how much I wanted to be a direct partner with children as they discovered the joys of learning.” She went on to combine her education with her personal meditation practice to help children become more aware—aware of reading strategies, aware of math solutions, aware of the world around them and within them. "We all have an inner voice telling us a story of how our life is going. Becoming aware of that voice, and discerning when it helps us and when it limits us, is vital to social, emotional, and academic success."
Mary Anne lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York and teaches kindergartners and first-graders in her multi-age classroom.