Mary Nell Short, who resides in Wake Village, taught sophomore English in Salina, Kansas, as well as 8th Grade Math at Roosevelt Jr. High in Little Rock, Arkansas before making her way to Texas. In Texarkana at Texas High School, Mary Nell taught Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and served as Math Department Chair. She also served as Head of School for the St. James Day School in Texarkana.
Her hobbies and volunteer activities include reading and yard work, the Salvation Army Food Pantry and the Texarkana Arts and Humanities Council. She is also very active in the Texas Retired Teachers Association.
Regarding her appointment to the TRTF Board of Trustees, Mary Nell says, "I hope that I can add some helpful thoughts to the different programs, and I want to be actively involved in those programs. I look forward to helping the Foundation continue to make a positive difference for our active and retired educators."