Mary Howie Jennings received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Cheyney State University and a Master's in Education (cum laude) from Beaver College. Her Administration and Supervision Certification is from Southern Connecticut State University.
Mrs. Jennings has provided over 25 years of service to children and young adults in public education, where she has taught at both the elementary and secondary level. In the fall of 1986, she began her administrative career as an Administrative Intern in the Stamford Public Schools in Stamford, Connecticut. In 1987, she became an elementary principal in the Consolidated School District of New Britain, Connecticut. There she assumed the responsibilities of educational leader for three years prior to being appointed principal of Rogers Elementary School in Stamford, Connecticut. Under her leadership this school became a magnet school in the fall of 1993.
In January of 1996, Rogers Magnet School was recognized by Yale University and the Bush Center for Child Development and Social Policy as a model demonstration site for an official School of the 21st Century, featuring a Family Resource Center Program. This site was one of only nine in the country.
Over the past three years, Rogers Magnet School has received recognition and grant funds from such organizations as the Michael Bolton Foundation, the Remmer Foundation, Northeast Utilities, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the Stamford Symphony for Arts in Education, and the William Graustein Foundation.
Mrs. Jennings is an advocate for children and their families, encouraging organization and agency collaborations in an effort to provide needed support. She has served as a member of former Governor O'Neill's Commission on Literacy, the State of Connecticut's Commission on Children, the Connecticut School Change Committee under the auspices of the Graustein Foundation, and as a board member for the Meridian Council (a social service provider for substance abuse and prevention programs). In addition, she was a board member of the Advisory Council of the Rogers School Community Center Organization (ROSCCO), the Family Resource Center, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women in Stamford Connecticut.