Dr. Mary Reynolds in in her 2nd year as principal at Miwok Valley. In May 2019, she received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University. Her dissertation was titled, "Supporting Girls Towards the Development of Positive Mathematical Identity." Her research focused on the teaching and learning of mathematics, in particular, instructional practices that support the success of female students. Her work connects with current research on pedagogy, student mindset, and teacher mindset. It is her goal that the impact of her research outcomes will result in mathematics no longer being a gatekeeper for female students, as well as enact culturally responsive school leadership practices to create the needed and necessary space for mindset and pedagogical shifts to take place. While mathematics is her area of expertise, Dr. Reynolds is also involved in STEM education and has been a featured presenter and active blogger about technology throughout California. Her core values are: equity, reflection, and risk-taking.
Dr. Reynolds earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature/Creative Writing Emphasis with a Minor in Political Science from Dominican University (2001). She holds a CA Administrative Services Credential, and a K-8 Multiple Subject/CLAD Teaching Credential. She received her Master of Education in Educational Administration from Sonoma State University (2015).
Prior to becoming a principal, Dr. Reynolds taught 6th grade for 11 years. She also coached varsity soccer, basketball, and soccer at high schools in Sonoma and Marin County. She always tells people, "There are three things you should know about me- 1) I love my daughter, Camille; 2) I love math; and 3) I love the Oakland Raiders." Dr. Reynolds is a 4th generation Petaluman and she loves being a principal in her hometown! A fun fact about Dr. Reynolds is that she ran for Miss Petaluma in 1996.
You can follow Dr. Reynolds on Twitter @Mary_J_Reynolds.