Mary Ellen Friends began teaching at Deerfield in the fall of 1995. She graduated from Brown University with a BA in East Asian Studies in 1987, studied for two years in Taiwan at Tunghai University and through the Stanford Center Interuniversity Program, and then earned an MA and an MPhil at Yale University in East Asian Languages and Literatures. Mary Ellen teaches in the history department, she coaches field hockey, and she runs the recreational ski and snowboarding program.
After 13 years in the dorm, Mary Ellen currently lives in Williams House with her husband, John and her two children, Caleb ’16 and Ellie. She spends most summers in Beijing and the Chinese countryside.