Mary is a Visiting Poet!

Let poet and educator Mary E. Cronin engage your students with a healthy dose of “Vitamin P”- poetry! Through the power of poetry, Mary will inspire young readers and writers, make connections to key literacy concepts, and encourage them to delve more deeply into poems by “thinking like illustrators.”

Mary is available on a limited basis for elementary school and library visits and other speaking engagements. As an educator with 30 years of experience, she brings her skills as a Literacy Coach and her joy in working with young children to her work as a Visiting Poet.

As an experienced Literacy Coach, Mary is also available for Professional Development presentations on employing poetry to strengthen literacy curriculum with her standards-based presentation “Vitamin P: Using Poetry to Boost Literacy Skill Development.” Please inquire about Professional Development fees. 

Prices for School Visits:

(Within Southeastern Massachusetts; please inquire about travel fees for schools beyond this area.)

  • $200 for one presentation
  • $400 for 1/2 Day Visit
  • $800 for a full-day visit

“Mary visited our school for a wonderful poetry workshop with our third, fourth, and fifth grade students. Through her personal stories and photos, she was able to connect with students right away and get them excited about reading and writing poetry. Mary also showed our students how to bring poetry to life and helped them become illustrators and everyone had a blast creating images to accompany her work. Our students were buzzing all day about their visit and we can’t wait to welcome Mary back to our school soon!” 

Cara Midlige, Literacy Coach at PS 86, Bronx NY

“Mary conducted a fabulous poetry workshop with my 8th graders. Through her personal stories, her knowledgeable writing expertise, and her writing activities, she connected with my students and got them excited about reading and writing poetry. I can’t wait to have her back again!”

Amy Woods, Teacher, Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School, Harwich, MA

“You are so passionate about poetry! It is infectious :)”

“It’s so exciting to reignite the power of poetry in the classroom, especially to spark SEL conversations.”

“I really feel that poetry helps to level the playing field for many struggling readers, and kids who may feel unsure of themselves, as well as a powerful place for higher level thinking.”

“This filled my soul! I needed ‘permission’ to use poetry again!”

Teacher Feedback, “Vitamin P” Professional Development session, Dennis-Yarmouth Schools

For more information on scheduling and fees, contact Mary.