creator of these personalized poems, is a retired
teacher. She knows teaching!
Creating poems which combine "teacher humor" and
serious sentiment is her specialty.
Her teaching experience allows her to capture the "essence of teaching".
Mary was born in Limerick
Ireland. Her family emigrated to Canada when she was two years old,
settling in Oakville, Ontario. The family name O'Flynn (O'Floinn)
was changed to Flynn when the young family moved to Canada.
Mary believes that there is a bit of the leprechaun in her, which
explains her small stature, lively spirit and quick Irish wit. It is no
coincidence that she has kissed the Blarney Stone twice in her lifetime.
After graduating from the University of Guelph with a bachelor of arts
degree in English, Mary attended Lakeshore Teacher's College and
obtained her B.Ed. in 1972. She began a teaching career that has lasted
to the present day.
Retiring from formal teaching duties in September 2000, she has been
fortunate to be able to foster her love of children by working as a
private tutor. Mary is quick to point out that she took an early retirement
from teaching, managing to get out with most of her sanity still in tact
- a fact which her family and friends readily dispute.
She will be
receiving her DRP (Drastically Reduced Pension) some time in the next
the course of her career, at Teacher Retirements or at end-of-the-year
gatherings honoring colleagues who were transferring or leaving, Mary
has always been "the entertainer". She is the person to create
that "special tribute", writing the lyrics to a song or poem
and gathering a group of co-conspirators to present the material
in song or verse. A master of manipulating photos using computer
software, she has taken many a colleague's less than desirable
school photo and transformed it into a treasured keepsake on
display for all to see.
These festive "Teacher Roasts" became a tradition at her
school and throughout the School Board in which she taught. It was a
colleague who pointed out the need for this type of service for any
staff requiring tribute material for a colleague.
Mary has been called a straight-shooter.
She claims that she has been
making people laugh all her life and that occasionally she is even funny.
She has written more than 300 poems and songs for various occasions.
Principals, vice-principals, custodians, teachers, superintendents,
members of the clergy, nurses, business professionals and just
"regular" people in all walks of life, have experienced the
charm of her gentle humor presented through song and verse. Helping people
to laugh at themselves has always been her goal and "nudging
them" them towards that end is what she attempts to accomplish
with her poems.
As a result, her Web Sites, Poems 4 Teachers, Personalized Poems
Wedding Speeches were created.
Teachers, Mary's original Web Site, has been in existence for 7 years.
Once you e-mail her, she will
be in contact with you immediately.
"Personal service is
my priority. Each order is unique and I will strive
to accommodate your
specific requests and needs."