Hi! I am Ms. Mary Villari and I teach two K-4 programs: students with Dyslexia and students that have been identified as Gifted or Talented beginning with the school year 2012-13. I have a Dual Certification from New Mexico Highlands University (May 1993) in Elementary Education, Grades 1-8 and Special Education, Grades 1-12, as well as English as a Second Language for Grades 1-12, and Creative Dramatics for Grades 1-8 (May 1996). The latter training I received as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting with a background in Dance during my studies at UT Austin in the mid 1980s. I didn't finish that degree due to tragedy in my family.
Even though, I have been teaching the GT/Dyslexia programs at SES for the past 4 years, I have been in the regular classroom as a 3rd (2010-11) and a 4th grade (2011-12) educator as well as for 12 years (1996-2008) at the middle school level teaching grades 6-8 GT/Non GT English Language Arts, GT/Non GT Reading and Theater Arts in Las Vegas City Schools, NM and Eagle Mtn-Saginaw ISD. However, I began my first three years of teaching as a Special Educator in Irving ISD working with elementary students with learning disabilities with Dyslexia as well as Inclusion, the very first year I worked at SES in 2009-2010. This is my 23rd year of teaching and I still am very excited everyday to work with my students.