Mary Anne Arnett retired from teaching in 2015. During her 37-year career Mary Anne worked with children from ages birth to 21 in a variety of settings including public and non-public schools and in a variety of capacities ranging from classroom teacher to administration. She spent most of her career working with children who were disenfranchised from the mainstream due to disabilities, poverty and/or race.

In 2016 Mary Anne flunked retirement and accepted a part-time position with Tyler Heights Elementary School in Annapolis as an IEP Clerk, where she
supports the Special Education Department and the children who receive services.

Prior to moving to Annapolis in 2003, Mary Anne lived in Baltimore City for 10 years and prior to that she lived in Bloomington, Indiana. She was born in Arlington, Virginia and sent her childhood growing up in Western New York State, Maryland, and Virginia. Her father’s scientific research allowed for the family to travel extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada. This travel was accomplished over many years by motor vehicle with lodging being a tent or travel trailer, sometimes by the side of the road or in a kind stranger’s yard.

At a very early age Mary Anne was exposed to the rich diversity of the world in which she lives. And at a very early age she became acutely aware of the unjust and inequitable treatment of people based upon the color of their skin, the contents of their wallets, or the capabilities of their brains. Consequently, she dedicated her professional life to leveling the playing field for the children she serves so that they can lead dignified lives with the power to
thrive socially, economically, and politically.

Mary Anne earned a Batchelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Science degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. She currently takes classes at Anne Arundel Community College in painting, drawing, and print making. Mary Anne joined the Annapolis Democratic Central Committee as the representative for Ward 7 in Spring 2020 where she hopes to continue to work toward justice and peace for all.