Bio, Mary Willows

Mary was born and raised in Chicago. She started college there and after her second year she moved to San Francisco. Mary became blind as a result of a car accident. The plastic surgeon in Chicago referred her to Stanford for surgery. After spending one winter in California she was convinced that the bay area should become her home. So she enrolled at San Francisco State where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Education.

Mary is married and has two grown sons. While her sons were in school, Mary decided to realize her dream of becoming a teacher. She went back to school and earned two teaching credentials. One in regular education and the other in Special Education in the field of work with the blind. For five years, she was been an Itinerant Teacher for the visually impaired pupils in the Tri-Valley area. For the past sixteen years, she has been a Teacher of the Visually Impaired at the California School for the Blind in Fremont.

Mary has been paying back the National Federation of the Blind through her leadership roles. She is now the President of the National Federation of the Blind of California, a sponsor of Chemistry Camp.

“I truly believe that if one receives the proper training in the skills of blindness that anything is possible.”