Blending Teaching and Technology

Three years ago, Mary McInerney joined the Moreau staff as the school’s first education technology specialist, serving as a technological liaison for faculty and staff. She also co-teaches social justice classes with Jerico Abanico, co-leads the capstone program and is the coordinator for Moreau’s TEDx event, TEDxMoreauCatholicHS.

McInerney is a product of local Catholic schools, having attended St. Theresa School in Oakland and St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco before receiving a degree in health science from Purdue University in Indiana and a Master’s of Education from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

After teaching high school physics in a West Dallas high school for two years through Teach for America, she returned to the Bay Area and landed at Moreau.

“I love working here; absolutely love it,” she said.

In her teaching role, “I do my best to make sure what students are doing is engaging and relevant to their lives,” she said. “I also try to connect with students to get to know them on a more personal level.”

In her technology role, she wants teachers to integrate technology into their curriculum, leveraging technology as a powerful tool to enhance teaching and learning.

For her TEDx coordinator role, she recently attended the TEDWomen conference in Palm Springs where she heard from innovative, influential, and inspiring women from around the world. Through that conference, she was able to attend TEDx workshops with other TEDx organizers.

“The conference was one of the most amazing things I have done; I learned an incredible amount,” she said.

With the second TEDxMoreauCatholicHS event scheduled for Feb. 27th, McInerney is busy working with 18 students on their TEDx talks.

These students have already developed their ideas and received feedback. They will then write a script and spend three to four weeks practicing that script with McInerney, Jerico Abanico and Ann Tabora along with teacher mentors.

“The student talks will be compelling and inspirational,” she said. “Our students have powerful ideas to share with the world, and TEDx is a great platform for them to share those voices.”