Mary Burns is a senior expert in teacher professional development, online learning, instruction, curriculum development, and educational technology. She has won awards for teaching, research, and curriculum design and is often invited by universities, ministries of education, private schools, education foundations, and donor agencies to help them conceptualize and design programs, train staff, and deliver keynote addresses. Her work has traversed every level of the education system, from policy development to program design and implementation to directly supporting teachers in classrooms. A practitioner who also does research, Burnshas authored four books and almost 200 blog posts, articles, book chapters, and peer-reviewed articles on teacher professional development, both with and without technology.
A former teacher and school-based coach, Burns holds a BA in International Relations and Romance Languages from Boston College, an MS in Urban Planning, an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas in Austin, and an EdM from Harvard University. Burns is fluent in Spanish, French, and Portuguese.