Mary Surbeck has a BA in English from Oklahoma State University and studied for a MALS at Dartmouth College. She received a Certificate in French Studies at the University of Montpellier. From those beginnings, Mary taught French, Choral Music and directed theater productions at Casady School for 29 years. She ended her working career at Oklahoma City Community Foundation as the literacy grant coordinator.
As part of the literacy work at OCCF, she developed a passion for adult literacy and worked in coordination with wonderful folks to create a literacy network for Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition. Her dream is to see literacy become a community focus and to call Oklahoma City “a City that reads.”