mary halnon
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contact E-mail me at mhalnon@pbs.org.
work Assistant Director of Online Education, PBS
July 1999 - present
Responsibilities include oversight of PBS TeacherSource, PBS's national "supersite" for K-12 educators within PBS.org; development of research plans and refinement of K-12 online educational strategies based on research findings; primary coordination with other PBS educational services like the Adult Learning Service and PBS LiteracyLink; identification of potential content partnerships and grant opportunities; and development of editorial processes and standards for PBS producers wishing to develop K-12 classroom content on PBS Web sites.

Education Producer, PBS Online
June 1998 - July 1999
Responsibilities included conceptualization, development, and maintenance of the PBS TeacherSource Web site; coordination with other departments at PBS offering related online educational content, and editorial review of classroom content connected with PBS programs and general audience PBS Web sites.

Secondary School Teacher, Albemarle High School, Charlottesville, Virginia
August 1997 - June 1998
Courses taught: English 9, Creative Writing

Public History Intern, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy
April - July 1997
Responsibilities included grantwriting, grant review, research, and development of VFH statewide educational programs.

Freelance Software Development Consultant, GoGuides! educational software company
January - March 1997
Responsibilities included review of literature Web sites on the Internet, selection of most informative sites for inclusion in a GoGuides CD-ROM for high school and college students, and written critiques of the sites selected, approximately three hundred in number.

Secondary School Teacher, John Handley High School, Winchester, Virginia
August 1992 - June 1996
Courses taught: Biology, English 9 and 10, and Creative Writing. Other activities included membership in the Winchester Education Association; membership on the school improvement committee; membership on the school technology steering committee; curriculum writing for the English department; class sponsor, 1992-96; literary magazine sponsor, 1993-96; and Young Democrats sponsor, 1996.

school M.A. in English, University of Virginia, 1997
Concentration in American Studies

B.A. in English and Biology, College of William and Mary, 1992
Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude with High Departmental Honors in English

sites Work With PBS:
While at PBS I've served as the lead producer on the following Web sites, working with internal teams and managing external design firms, from site creation through launch (and sometimes relaunch); I have created classroom materials and participated in team site development for countless other sites during my tenure at PBS.

PBS TeacherSource
pbs.org/teachersource/, the national PBS Web site for K-12 educators.
Frank Lloyd Wright
pbs.org/flw, the companion Web site to the Ken Burns documentary; winner of a Communication Arts award, Yahoo Pick of the Year for 1998, and finalist for the Milia d'Or award.
Not for Ourselves Alone
pbs.org/stantonanthony, the companion Web site to the Ken Burns documentary about Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.
The Whole Child
pbs.org/wholechild, a primer on child development for parents and early childhood educators.

Film Studies Sites
While in graduate school at UVA in 1997, I created three sites tied to film study and popular culture. They are: Capra, Smith, and Doe: Filming the American Hero, The Silent Westerns: Movie Audiences, Movie Myth, and Some Enchanted Evenings: American Picture Palaces.

Washington, D.C. Sites
The first site,Crossing the River: Race, Geography, and the Federal Government in Anacostia traces the evolution of one of Washington's most troubled neighborhoods. I am especially concerned with D.C.'s territorial status and with federal expansion's effect on the lives of D.C. residents in this neighborhood. The second site, The Mall: The Grand Avenue, the Government, and the People examines how landscape architecture on the Mall reflected societal concerns during different eras and has come to embody the insular federal bureaucracy in D.C.

Women's Studies Sites
Women in America, 1820-1842 is designed as an extension to Tocqueville's Democracy in America, although it can also be browsed as a stand-alone site. Texts from eighteen foreign travelers to the U.S. during the period 1820-1842 are archived in this site; they are organized by author (a brief introduction to each author is provided) and by topic. The excerpts chosen shed light on the status and activities of women during the early nineteenth century in the U.S.

references References are available upon request.