Mary Ann Gessner has been an art teacher at all age levels, a nursing home recreation director, and worked in social services and international recruitment and as Director of Admission for St. Johnsbury Academy, Vermont. She received a BA from the University of Bridgeport and an MSA from St. Michael’s College in Vermont. Since her retirement in 2015, she has been nesting, quilting, cooking, and has just completed the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. Mary Ann has applied to a clinical pastoral education program and is rediscovering her love of teaching through storytelling. Her two sons have moved into their grown lives with their families, and she and her husband, Bob, live in the log home they built 44 years ago in Sheffield, Vermont.