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Mary T. Christel taught world literature, media and film studies, and theatre at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois from 1979 to 2012. She published several books on media literacy including Seeing and Believing: How to Teach Media Literacy in the English Classroom (Heinemann 2001) with Ellen Krueger as well as Lesson Plans for Creating Media-Rich Classrooms and Lesson Plans for Developing Digital Literacies (NCTE 2007, 2010) co-edited with Scott Sullivan. She was recognized by the Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a special award for promoting media literacy. Ms. Christel contributed articles to Teaching Shakespeare Today (NCTE), Teaching Shakespeare into the Twenty-First Century (U of Ohio), and For All Time: Critical Issues in Shakespeare Studies (Wakefield Press Australia). From 2002 to 2012 she contributed teaching materials related to various themes, workshops and events for the Chicago Humanities Festival and participated in curriculum development, the Theater History Initiative, for the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington D.C. Ms. Christel holds a B.S.S. from Northwestern University in theater and a M.A. from Columbia College in interdisciplinary arts education.

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