Professional Learning Specialist
Mary Elizabeth Pearson, M.A.Ed.
Mary Elizabeth Pearson is the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development at Games for Change LearnG4C). Mary Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience in education. She began her career as an elementary educator and has held positions ranging from middle school to high school, as well as at the university level in Washington State and abroad. Mary Elizabeth has lived and worked in both Athens, Greece and Merida, Mexico as well as trained educators all over the world in the uses of technology and game-based learning. Mary Elizabeth furthered her career in education by working as an instructional coach and building programs for instructional technology that grow skill and confidence among students and staff. Mary Elizabeth then deepened her experiences as the Director of Technology for the Marysville School District where she could use her classroom experiences to lead technology understanding within a large system. These experiences have given Mary Elizabeth a unique perspective on the transformational change that technology brings to the learning environment. Her most recent work has been to create learning opportunities for educators to bring gaming into classrooms through Minecraft Education. Mary Elizabeth is skilled at creating spaces for instructional conversations around game-based learning design that produce pedogeological shifts within the classroom and lead to deeper learning outcomes for students. She has been working as a trainer for the Northwest Council of Computer Educators since 2015. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education with a focus on interdisciplinary child development, an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology, and an Administration Credential with a focus on technology leadership from John Hopkins. She lives in Burlington, Washington.