Marie Perini has been a resident of Bellefonte for four years, hailing from western New York. She has bachelor's and master's degrees in music education, and has taught music from pre-K through college and adults.
She worked for an educational consortium as a staff and curriculum developer, as well as serving as the manager of the regional educational data warehouse. She also earned her doctorate in educational leadership and policy from the University at Buffalo, and was a district administrator for a suburban school district in western New York until her retirement.
Dr. Perini also holds certificates of advanced study in curriculum, teacher mentoring and family literacy. She is married, has two sons and four grandchildren, and is a member of Zion Community Church.