Faculty & Staff
Mary Gordon Spence


  • M.A., International Education–Teaching English as a Second Language–Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
  • B.S. Education/Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Certificates in Mediation/Dispute Resolution, Center for Dispute Resolution, Austin, and Harvard-MIT Center for Dispute Resolution
  • Kindergarten Certification, Tarleton State University

Teaching Experience

  • English as a Second Language (ESL), Texas Intensive English Program, Austin, Texas, 2011-present
  • Faculty, Center for Community Based and Non Profit Organizations, Austin Community College
  • ESL, Methods of Teaching ESL, and beginning Spanish, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas
  • ESL teacher, Universidad de las Americas
  • Elementary classroom teacher Austin ISD, Managua, Nicaragua, Stephenville, Texas
  • Music teacher, Stephenville, Texas

Related Experience

  • Keynote speaker for professional conferences, conventions and back to school convocations
  • Consultant for Texas public schools
  • Education magazine editor
  • Commentator for KUT Austin public radio and Austin American Statesman
  • Author of Finding Magic in the Mundane and many magazine/journal articles
  • Organized travel/study program in Mexico for Tarleton State University students
  • Taught and substituted in classes from kindergarten through college
  • Conducted statewide environmental programs involving Texas public school children
  • Wrote Texas history materials for public school curriculum
  • Community volunteer

Professional Activity

  • Keynote speaker for 2011 TexTESOL Conference