Mary Beth has an active teaching practice, in which she incorporates her goals for her own work into her work with students. In Brockton, Mass, Mary Beth developed "City of Champions: Youth Vision in Context," an opportunity for Brockton High School students to document life in the city as they experienced it. That work resulted in a large-scale installation of student photographs on the exteriors of buildings in downtown Brockton.
As the Artist in Residence at the bilingual International Charter School, Mary Beth has developed an innovative project of cultural exploration entitled "Documenting Cultural Communities." With her guidance, third grade students produce three exhibitions each year of photographs and narrative texts written in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
At the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, in Boston, Mary Beth teaches Documentary Photography to undergraduate and graduate students. She helps them to explore the intersections between fine art and documentary practice, define those terms for themselves, and produce personal work that reflects their concerns about the world we live in.
Mary Beth has presented her educational work at schools and conferences nationally, and has won financial support for her projects The Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Brown University, and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.