Mary Power was born and raised in Ireland. Mary graduated with a B.A. in English, French and music from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. On completion of her teaching credential, Mary joined the staff of a progressive public high school in the south of Ireland where she taught French and music for 10 years. Following her tenure at Tarbert Comprehensive public school, Mary went to France where she taught ESL to primary and middle school children. From there she went to California to join her husband, Philip, a faculty member in the UC Davis Department of Chemistry. In 2009, Mary graduated with her master’s in linguistics with a TESOL emphasis from UC Davis and since then has worked part-time, teaching writing to both international undergraduate and graduate students in the University Writing Program at UC Davis. She is presently employed as a contract teacher working in the UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education International Programs Intensive English and Communication and Culture Programs.