Falconer High School
Ms. Plumb earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1996. She served as an officer in the United States Air Force, overseeing the airfield and air traffic control facilities at Travis AFB, CA, then managed federal grants and construction projects for the Sacramento County Airport System until 2002. She began her mathematics teaching career in California in 2003. In 2005, Mary earned her Master of Arts in Education, with an emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction, from Chapman University. Upon returning home to WNY, she completed additional graduate mathematics courses at SUNY Fredonia. Ms. Plumb led a 7th grade interdisciplinary effort studying world population growth and water consumption while raising funds to construct an irrigation system at a self-subsistent boarding school in Uganda. While advising the Falconer Key Club, she helped raise thousands of dollars for the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House and led a July 2017 trip to the Dominican Republic, where students built aqueducts for mountain communities lacking running water. Ms. Plumb has become a regional expert in growth mindset pedagogical practices, and has presented her work to numerous audiences, including her colleagues at Falconer Central School, fellow Master Teachers, AMTNYS, Penn State Behrend freshman, and SUNY Fredonia’s Chapter of Sigma Xi. In her free time, Mary enjoys hiking, kayaking, and training for local triathlons. She volunteers at her church and the local YMCA. Mary is a member of AMTNYS, NCTM, and Pi Mu Epsilon.