Pathway Teacher, Mary Brune

Hi, I’m Mary Brune, I am the Design Pathway teacher at Madison Park Academy in Oakland, where I teach classes that cover digital photography, typography, graphic design, animation, and game design.

I have over 13 years’ experience as a technical writer in the software industry, where I wrote software manuals, created instructional videos, designed icons and created websites and marketing materials. In 2007, I left the tech industry to co-found an environmental nonprofit with the aim of reducing maternal and child exposures to toxic chemicals. For my work I received the Suzy Cain Leadership award from the Breast Cancer Fund in 2009. 

Learning new skills is probably my favorite pastime. I’m a true maker at heart and over the years I’ve taught myself how to make paper, soap, and tote bags, and so…after several years in the nonprofit world it was time to return to school and learn some new skills. 

During the course of my graduate studies I had the opportunity to take a game design course and it changed my life. The course was rigorous, exciting, and inspired me to shift my professional goals from that of instructional designer to technology instructor. I developed a curriculum for teaching game design to middle and high school students as my culminating project for my masters degree. 

In addition to a B.A. in Technical & Professional Writing and an M.A. in Education (Instructional Technologies) from San Francisco State University, I hold CTE credentials in the industry sectors of Information and Communication Technologies, and Arts, Media, and Entertainment from UC Berkeley Extension. 

I am thrilled to be spearheading the Graphic Design pathway at Madison Park!