Mary Paxton-Boeni

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Mary Boeni

Part-Time Environmental Educator

Education Department


Education Department
Stroud Water Research Center
970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA, 19311

Interests and Expertise

Mary Paxton-Boeni retired after nearly four decades in Pennsylvania public education. In addition to teaching many different honors-level, college preparatory, and special needs science and math courses, she was a faculty mentor, science department facilitator, and a field hockey, basketball, and track coach. She loves to cook and experiment in the kitchen and teaches cooking classes for Delaware Nature Society. Paxton-Boeni volunteers with Kennett Area Community Service, Meals on Wheels, and Family Promise, and creates costumes for the musical productions at Unionville High School.


  • Continuing course work and education at multiple education institutions in the fields of genetics and genetic technology, environmental science, biology, science ethics, and forensics.
  • Mathematics education certification, Immaculata College, Immaculata, Pennsylvania.
  • M.S., biology and environmental science, West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania.
  • B.S., biology, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pennsylvania.

Professional Experience

  • Springfield School District, Springfield, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, 1981–2014. Experience included teaching Advanced Placement Biology; AP-level and Introductory Environmental Science; Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy; Human Anatomy and Physiology; Forensic Investigations; and special needs biology and science courses. Served as science department facilitator, faculty mentor, and on district, county, state, and national level curriculum committees.
  • Marple Newtown School District, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, 1976–1981. Teacher of honors level, college preparatory, and special needs biology classes.