Mrs Mallery was born and raised in Gateshead, studying at Newcastle Upon Tyne Polytechnic, and gaining a BEd (hons).
She has been teaching for 28 years, across the primary age range. Her first teaching post was in Washington New Town and she moved to Wirral and taught at Great Meols Primary school before joining Kingsmead.
She is married with two boys (one married and living in Sunderland, the other son studying in Newcastle) and worships at Moreton Baptist Church.
Mrs Mallery enjoys playing the piano, but says she does not have a lot of time to do so! She keeps an allotment, growing a large range of fruit and vegetables. When not in school or toiling in the soil, she enjoys reading and is a member of a book club.