She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from William Patterson University and is certified to be a school principal in the State of New Jersey.  Mary Ann is presently a music teacher at Mount Hebron School in Montclair, New Jersey where she also serves as subject matter leader of the performing and visual arts.  Mary Ann learned “in the trenches” how important music is to young children’s development.  In addition to teaching school she also taught music lessons to children ages 4-18 in her home studio and in neighboring community centers.  Mary Ann composes original music for her performing groups and has performed with Cissy Houston and Whitney Houston on television and radio with their church choir.

She was the director of the Ironbound Summer Arts Program in Newark, New Jersey and is presently the director of The Broadway Performance Workshop sponsored by the Montclair public schools at Montclair High School.  Prior to teaching in Montclair, Ms. Cool was chosen “Teacher of the Year” in two different East Orange schools.   She has also received the Josh and Judy Weston Award of Excellence in teaching in Montclair.  Her choirs participate in a National Music Festival every year and have received superior ratings at The High Notes National Music Festival for thirteen consecutive years.

Creative instructor Mary Ann Cool