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Mary Candace Mize traveled to eighty-one countries, mostly in the developing world, and chronicled her six-month, solo travels around Africa and another half year down the coast of South America and island hopping in the Pacific on the way to a teaching position in Australia.  Two years later she moved to Pakistan to teach at the International School in Islamabad.  After a year at the Consular School in Genoa, Italy, she returned to her hometown, Albuquerque, where she met her future husband two days later.

She spent twenty-seven years in elementary schools, teaching library and gifted curricula and acquainting her students with literature, music and art of world cultures.

Highlights of her travels included shopping at gunpoint pursued by a mob angry mob in Axum, Ethiopia, traveling from Pakistan to Greece by local buses, being robbed at knife point in Ivory Coast by a local who  also asked if she had any ballpoint pens, and visiting Yemen with the first group of American tourists.  She worked on the Amazon River for the man who wrestled anacondas for National Geographic Specials. 


She attended Vanderbilt, graduated from Brandeis University, and earned a Masters in Teaching at Simmons College in Boston.  She lives in Albuquerque with her husband Bob.

The Flypaper Witch is her first novel. She is working on a memoir called Amazon River Cast of Characters.


Elementary and Middle School Teaching

International School of Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan

Davidson Park Elementary School, North Sydney, Australia

Consulate School of Genoa, Genoa, Italy

Teacher of Gifted

Wherry Elementary School, Albuquerque, NM

Corrales Elementary School, Corrales, NM

Teaching Librarian

Chatswood Elementtary School, New South Wales

Dolores Gonzales Elementary School, Albuquerque, NM

Bellehaven Elementary School, Albuquerque, NM

Eubank Elementary School, Albuquerque


John Hancock Law Department, Boston

MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass

Leticia, Colombia,  Secretary to MIke Tsalikis, man who wrestled the anacondas for National Geographic Special TV shows. Job included guiding a blind man through the jungle, working on a National Geographic expedition, and facilitating a monkey census.


Abbot Academy, Andover, MA

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Brandeis University, BA, Waltham, MA

Simons College, MAT, Boston, MA

University of New Mexico - library, education, and writing classes

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