Bio (Mary-Anne Neal)
Communication and Culture, Education and Technology
Education and communication are twin threads that weave the fabric of Mary-Anne Neal’s career. To RRU, she brings experience as a classroom teacher, program developer, workshop facilitator, writer/editor and communications manager. As you might expect from a scholar-practitioner, she takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research at RRU. She is a long-standing member of the Royal Roads Research Ethics Board, Education Beyond Borders, ACTRA Writers’ Guild and ACTRA Performers’ Guild. Mother of four and grandmother of one, Neal is also an active community contributor, coaching sports, serving charitable organizations, working with parent advisory councils and raising awareness of global issues. She especially loves singing with the Royal Roads choir.
Neal’s background includes launching a successful advertising agency, running a busy communications shop for the B.C. government, researching educational institutions in the United Arab Emirates and conducting professional development workshops for teachers in B.C., China, Africa and Vietnam.She has delivered keynote addresses and presentations to more than 5,000 people around the world. Her writing is frequently published in newspapers, magazines and educational periodicals. She also teaches Instructional Design for the University of Victoria and the Leadership Program at Camosun College.
Neal earned a Bachelor of Education (with distinction) from the University of Alberta and a Master of Education (specializing in curriculum and technology) from the University of Victoria. During a teaching career that spanned almost 20 years, she taught students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Neal has earned accolades and awards for such varied accomplishments as Most Enthusiastic Teacher (graduating class of Austin O'Brien High School), Excellence in Written Communication (Rutherford Award), Public Speaking (IX and XV Commonwealth Games) and Outstanding Achievement (Southam Paragon).