Mary has been presenting programs on life sciences for 23 years. She now presents to over 8,000 students each year. Previously, she taught high school science for 10 years, both at Friendswood High School and at E.E. Smith High School in North Carolina. The last four years, when she taught at Friendswood High School, she was science team leader. She also received a master's degree in mid-management from the University of Houston.
Mary was a zoo docent at the Houston zoo for a little over five years, a member of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, a trail guide at Armand Bayou Nature Center, and has been a Texas Master Naturalist since 2001.
Mary has presented at teacher conferences such as the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST) and the Texas Middle School Conference.
“You are the standard for student programs...science or otherwise! Mary’s programs are directly aligned to curriculum, easy to accommodate, and engaging for adults and children alike!” Mark Smith, Principal, CCISD
"We love Mary Vogas. I have known Mary for over 5 years and each time I see her presentation I get excited about science and our students simply love her presentation. The student interaction is wonderful. The station presentation keeps the students moving and engaged. Mary's knowledge of the animals is amazing. Our students get so much out of this presentation. I am also so excited to have Mary Vogas at our school. She helps us all love science." Linda Kenjura Principal, Magnolia Elementary
“The Endangered Species presentation, by far, was the most mesmerizing and captivating presentation I have ever seen brought to a campus. The students were engaged and active in the presentation and absolutely amazed by the hands-on items. An absolute A+ relevant learning experience for our students!” K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist, Santa Fe ISD
Top 10 Reasons to Incorporate These Programs into Your Curriculum
1. Applies Life Science TEKS "Touched on all of our life science TEKS and vocabulary words students will see on the test." Fifth Grade, Sablatura Middle School, Pearland ISD
2. In-house field trip with a multitude of specimens
3. Address various learning styles
4. Real specimens that students can touch "Having all the specimens will help the students to remember the information. We are currently studying adaptations in science, so your program was wonderful!" Fifth Grade, Travis Elementary,Lamar Consolidated.
5. Brings nature inside
6. Students have great recall from these programs "I used your quiz as extra credit and I was thrilled while grading it, they retained an amazing amount of information." Hall Elementary, Fourth Grade, Clear Creek ISD
7. Enhances the curriculum
8. Makes science come alive "Students are encouraged to make real life connections!" Alvin Elementary, Fifth Grade, Alvin ISD
9. Year-long free consultant concerning animals and TEKS