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Mary-Leah de Zwart

Sessional lecturer, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy and co-adviser to Home Economics: Human Ecology and Everyday Life Master of Education graduate program, University of British Columbia

I hold a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Pedagogy from the University of British Columbia (2003). The title of my dissertation was Home Economics Education in British Columbia 1913-1938: Through Postcolonial Eyes.

My previous academic qualifications include B. Sc.(Household Economics) from the University of Alberta, and M.A. (Home Economics Education) UBC, and B.C. teaching qualifications.

I was born and raised in Alberta. At the age of almost 21, I went to Ontario to work as a district home economist. There I met my husband, we moved to BC, and lived in various locations around the province, from Prince George to Vancouver to Vernon. Fifty years later, I returned to Alberta to live near extended family, but in my heart, I might belong to British Columbia.

For 25 years I was a secondary school teacher of grades 8 to 12 home economics (foods, family studies, textiles, career and personal planning) in various school districts around British Columbia.

I am most proud of these publications.

Academic writing:

Alice Ravenhill: Never Say Die

General writing:

Hurling Our Marriage Down Crazy Mountain Roads

Basic Home Cooking

Interests: gardening, poetry, historical research and writing, and up to recently, volunteer work in Malawi, and Peru.


  • 2005–present
    Sessional instructor , UBC
  • 2009–2012
    Faculty advisor - teacher education, UBC
  • 2004–2009
    Secondary school teacher, Surrey School District
  • 2004–2009
    Secondary school teacher , Surrey School District
  • 2003–2004
    Lecturer, UBC-Okanagan