For her outstanding contributions as a high school and elementary teacher, Mary is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by the Village Faculty in Emporia, Kansas.

According to the Faculty:

Mary Pool was born and raised in Emporia, Kansas.  She graduated from Emporia High Schoo, attended Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, and graduated with a B.S. in Education from Marymount College in Salina, Kansas in 1961.  She received her Masters Degree in 1969, from Emporia State University, and her Ed. S. from Emporia State University in 1974.

Mary began her teaching career in the high school at Culver, Kansas.  During the 1961-62 school year she taught home economics, business, and science classes.  The following year she at the Gypsum High School, teaching Home Economics and girls physical education.

Mary married David Pool in 1956.  From 1963-1970, Mary stayed home with their three children, Jon, Eric, and Ann.  They have all graduated from college and are on their own.

Mary resumed her teaching career at Village Elementary School in Emporia, Kansas, where she taught first grade from 1970 until her retirement in May, 1995. During these twenty-five years her goal was to help each student develop to his or her highest capability.

Every year Mrs. Pool greeted her class with enthusiasm.  She was always willing to try new ideas and projects to make school fun.  She wanted to challenge all students and keep them excited about school.

Mary is known for being a well-organized teacher and leader.  She gave many extra hours of service on various committees for the school and USD253.  She was always available for any co-worker who needed help with a problem. 

In addition to her work in the classroom, Mary has been active in the American Association of University Women, Phi Delta Kappa, PEO, and KNEA.

Mary taught elementary school for twenty-five year at Village Elementary School home economics, business, science, and women’s physical education.  Mary retired in May of 1995.