Mary Moen

Read an article from Madison Magazine in 2006 that showcased Mary's impact on the community.

A Tribute to Mary Moen
December 7th, 1928 - June 19th, 2017

Mary graduated from Madison West High School and then received her Masters Degree in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Mary later returned to her high school alma mater, where she became a favorite teacher for countless students. She was active in the pep club and was an avid fan of the Regents' basketball and football teams. Mary wanted her students to believe in themselves as much as she believed in them. Her greatest joy was watching students develop their sense of self-worth. Students would often come up to Mary just to give her a hug and tell her she made a huge difference in their lives. This continued up until her death, decades after she retired in 1992.

Mary was a nationally recognized teacher, receiving numerous honors, including the Herb Kohl Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence, the CBS & Boston University National Award for Teaching Television in the Classroom, the National Telemedia Council Jessie McCanse Award for Individual Contribution to Media Literacy and the Zeta Phi Eta Speech Fraternity Distinguished Service Award for Speech and Communications.  

After retirement from teaching, Mary worked for the Discovery Network as a consultant, traveling the country teaching mass media to educators. She was active in the Madison Civics Club Board of Directors and was the chair in 2001-2002. She was an active board member of the National Telemedia Council for over 30 years, providing leadership and guidance to many in the field of media literacy.