mary chiarella

Mary has a wide range of experience from her 20 years of teaching in New York City.  This includes working as a New York City public school teacher, a staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and as a full time instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University where she received her Master's. She is the co-author of Memoir: The Art of Writing Well and continues to work as a literacy consultant.


perry jones

Perry has been working professionally as a singer, songwriter and guitar teacher for over 25 years. He has taught privately for students of all ages in one-on-one and small group settings, as well as taught classes at Bergen Community College, and for the community of Franklin Lakes. He is also a registered visiting artist with Beth Israel and the Louis and Lucille Armstrong Music Therapy Program. As cofounder of  OurSongs: Collaborative Songwriting for One World, he and Mary created the concept for this unique application of songwriting. Together they developed and designed the  curriculum, which they have implemented in New York City Public Schools. With an English degree from Montclair State University, Perry continues to pursue writing projects of all kinds and works to inspire others to find power in their voices.