Mary Jane Elliott

Mary Jane Elliott

Community Builder


One of the bedrocks of our Elementary program, Mary Jane Elliott has been teaching for 39 years and holds a Masters Degree from Michigan State University along with a Bachelor’s Degree from Marian College.

An internationally-renowned specialist in applying Project-Based Learning to the field of Early Childhood Education, Mrs. Elliott has published in her field, including an Article in Young Children magazine: 1999  “Great Moments of Learning in Project Work”, and has presented at numerous academic conferences including four presentations on the Project Approach with Dr. Lilian Katz at NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Conferences in New York, Washington DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles.  

Mrs. Elliott has also presented at OMEP conference in Hong Kong, and at the retirement conference for Dr. Lilian Katz, one of the global leaders in Early Childhood Education, at the University of Illinois.

“Since the day I arrived at Concordia, I have been ‘empowered’ to be a Preschool teacher who is entrusted to design a curriculum that is best for engaging the minds of young children.  Throughout my six years at the school I have felt supported and as a result, my dedication to creating the best teaching and learning environment for young children has continued to grow and thrive.”

“Being able to teach at Concordia with my husband has been one of the greatest joys of my life.  We share common hopes, concerns, cares and dreams for this school, its administration, teachers, families and students.  Being at this school gives us hope in the future of education.”

Over her career, Mrs. Elliott has also founded a Preschool for  three-year-olds in Berlin, Germany for the Emmaus Kirchengemeinde (1968);  developed the full-day kindergarten and four-year-old programs for Hong Kong International School (HKIS); while teaching at HKIS, did extensive teacher training on how to initiate the Project Approach in the classroom, offered to many schools including Hong Kong Academy, Hong Kong University student teachers, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Salvation Army teachers, Lee Wai Lee College students, teachers at the Victoria Kindergartens, and the Social Welfare Department teaching staff.

Mrs. Elliott also developed the Preschool program for Concordia International School Hanoi.

Prior to joining Concordia in August 2011, Mrs. Elliott taught at Kindergartens in Frankfurt and Berlin, Germany before spending the next 20 years at Hong Kong International School.

Her hobbies include flower arranging, baking decadent desserts, traveling, and urban hiking.

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