Mary Mollway is a 22-year veteran in the public education system. She has served as a classroom teacher at the middle and high school levels, school site administrator, and district-level coordinator of curriculum and instruction. Her areas of expertise are intensive reading intervention for secondary students and second language acquisition, particularly with long-term English learners. Her interest in reading disabilities led to a ten-year study of neurodevelopment and neuroplasticity, including how the brain develops and changes through movement patterns called primitive reflex patterns. Last year, she had the privilege of giving a TEDx Talk on this topic entitled “BrainMoves”.
Ms. Mollway holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, San Bernardino and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. She is currently working on her dissertation for her Ed.D. at Walden University in Educational Leadership for Teaching and Learning. She hopes to complete this in 2018. She holds a single subject teaching credential in English and an administrative services credential.
Ms. Mollway moves to Oregon from Murrieta, California, just north of San Diego, where she lived with her youngest daughter, Catherine, and her dog Bo. Her two older children are grown and on their own. She served in public office in California as the Commissioner on the Parks and Recreation Commission for the City of Murrieta and a member of the Homelessness Commission for Temecula/Murrieta. She has been deeply involved in her community for many years, having served as the regional co-chair of the Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders, a member of the Master Plan Committee and the Special Needs Addendum for the City of Temecula, the CEO of Boys & Girls Club, as well as the founder and CEO of the New Vision Autism Center. She was named Woman of the Year in 2010 by Riverside County for her involvement in the autism community.