mary passellMary Passell joined the Temple Chai team in June of 2012. Mary spent the previous 12 years as an educator, and spent the six most recent of those years at the Tesseract Private School in Paradise Valley, where she taught primarily 1st grade, and also 3rd grade, and spent time supervising a nursery for children six weeks to three years old. At Tesseract, she also served on numerous committees involved in such things as professional development, teacher training and the formation of curriculum. She spent two years as a 2nd grade teacher in the public school system, and early in her career worked in a Montessori School teaching children three to six years old, as well as supervising a summer camp program.

Mary holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona in Family Studies, with a Concentration in Child Development. She did post-baccalaureate teaching studies at Arizona State University, is a certified K - 8 Elementary Education Teacher, and holds a Montessori Teaching Certificate.